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|Gustav shakes up football schedules|
Hurricane Gustav prompted many high school football teams to call an audible on their first games of the 2008 regular season in Louisiana High School Athletic Association competition.
In Ouachita Parish, a few games have been changed but most schools will go on with business as usual.
The West Monroe Rebels' game at Thibodaux was cancelled in light of the damage Gustav caused that region of the state. Instead, West Monroe will play Saturday at Rebel Stadium against Leesville. The Wampus Cats are currently ranked No. 4 in the latest Class 4A poll by Louisiana sportswriters. West Monroe is ranked No. 2 in Class 5A.
On Wednesday afternoon, Carroll and Ouachita announced they would play at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rebel Stadium for an afternoon double-header on the west side of the river. Later that afternoon, coaches at both schools decided the game would be cancelled because West Monroe's field would not be available at that time of the day.
"The principal at West Monroe told us that they will have evacuees on campus Saturday during that time," Carroll head coach Jackie Hamilton said. "The game is cancelled as of right now."
Carroll officials will check on the condition of the school's football field Thursday morning but it is unlikely the field will be in adequate shape to host a game this weekend.
OCS will suit up against Mangham on Saturday at 6 p.m. The game will be played at Eagle Field in Monroe.
Also altering its schedule was Neville. The Tigers moved their game with Ruston to Friday at 7 p.m. to allow the roads and football field extra time to dry out. The game is still scheduled to be shown state wide on COX Sports at this time.
"The guys in Baton Rouge have not been able to make a decision on if they can defiantly come broadcast the game," Neville head coach Mickey McCarty said. "Baton Rouge was hit hard."
Other area games scheduled to go on as planned include Wossman at Logansport; West Ouachita at Pineville; Sterlington at Caldwell; and St Frederick at Ringgold.
The MPSA still plans to hold the River Oakes against Riverfield contest as scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday night. The game will be played at River Oaks or at Malone Stadium on the campus of the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
Sterlington coaches have been practicing the Panthers as best they can this week.
"We obviously could not go out Tuesday," said Sterlington coach Mike Collins.
"We practiced Monday and I have not heard from Caldwell that the game will change any," Collins said.
At Wossman, coach Vince Landrum dealt with inclement weather, too.
"We practiced Monday," Landrum said. "We could not practice Tuesday."
River Oakes has practiced this week in the school's gymnasium.
"I have not heard of any cancellations from the MPSA," said River Oakes coach Robert Hannah, referring to the Mississippi Private School Association. River Oaks participates in MPSA.
"We had to go into the gym on Tuesday and got to show them what to expect scheme-wise from Riverfield," Hannah said. "It is a big district ballgame."
On the college football front, LSU's home game against Troy Saturday has been rescheduled for Nov. 15 in Tiger Stadium.
Tiger Stadium was damaged by Gustav, which delivered category 1 hurricane winds to Baton Rouge.