Tigers focus on Logansport after Vidalia game cancelled

Just when you thought that the COVID pandemic had eased up on the LHSAA football schedule that it has wreaked havoc on the last two years it raised it’s ugly head again this past Friday night. Thankfully for Jonesboro-Hodge it affected Vidalia more so than the Tigers, which caused the game to be cancelled.

“I got a a call from Coach Norris about 1:00pm on Friday telling me not to come as his team had been hit with an outbreak of COVID the day before,” said JHHS head coach Terrance Blankenship. “We already had the busses load up and was fixing to head that way.”

Last year the game would have just been cancelled or postponed to hopefully be played at a later date but according to the new LHSAA rules in place this year the team that is responsilble for the game not being able to be played is given a los while the other teams is given a forfeit 2-0 win. 

“It is not the way I wanted to chalk up a victory but it is what it is and the way the new rules read is more fair than last year,” reflected Blankenship. “We had three games cancelled last year that had nothing to do with us but we got heavily penalized in power rating points from not being able to play the games as we got nothing from them.” 

If there was a game that had to be cancelled and a victory given it couldn’t have hit better than this one for several reaosns. First, the trip to Vidalia marked the longest road trip of the year, which looked like it would have to be traversed through constant rain. Secondly the contest was the ultimate “trap” game with the Tigers coming off the incredibly emotional high from the week before. Finally the Tigers were going to be forced to play the game shorthanded as starting tailback Brantrel Thompson was sidelined by, YOU GUESSED IT – He had contracted Covid over the prior weekend which fortunately for the Tiger team meant he had no contact with them. 

This week the Tigers turn their attention to perineal Class A power Logansport who will invade Caldwell-Peacock Stadium for the second time in three years. Game time is set for 7:00pm. For more detailed information on the contest be sure to check out the game preview in the Wednesday, September 22nd, edition of the Jackson Parish Journal. 

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