Private schools begin seasons tonight|[08/24/07]

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 24, 2007

Banged-up PCA hosts Claiborne

Last season seemed bizarre enough for Porters Chapel Academy.

The team jumped to Class AA for the first time in school history, possibly costing it a state championship. On one road trip, the team bus hit a couch. On another, there was no air conditioning for the duration of a three-hour trip to Baton Rouge, the team arrived 30 minutes before kickoff and had players leaving the dressing room while the National Anthem played.

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As strange as all of that was, however, the sequel is shaping up to be a doozy too.

One starter blew out his knee while horsing around. Another had to have season-ending surgery to remove an intestinal blockage. Other injuries have included dehydration, a double hernia, foot blisters on both running backs and, in a normal twist, an offensive lineman who injured his knee during a jamboree game.

And all of this is before the Eagles open the season tonight by hosting perennial power Claiborne Academy.

&#8220There’s been more things to deal with with this team than any I’ve had before, and we haven’t even played a game yet,” PCA coach Randy Wright said. &#8220It’s been crazy. But everything being said, we’ve still got to line up and play this Friday night.”

That’s assuming a meteor doesn’t strike PCA’s practice field before then. And with the way the last few weeks have gone, it doesn’t seem like a far-fetched scenario: