Crowley High forced to replace Sarah Reed in season opener

CROWLEY – You can scratch Sarah Reed off the Crowley High football schedule for 2013.

That’s because the New Orleans school, which was the scheduled opening-game opponent of the Gents, recently informed the Louisiana High School Association that it would be dropping its football program due to low numbers.

The Olympians’ football roster fell to just 16 players, a far cry from the 42 players on last year’s squad.

“I hate to leave other teams with holes in their schedules,” said Olympians’ coach Michael Bradley. “That’s very unfortunate, but it’s really something we couldn’t avoid.”

The news came as a shock to Crowley High coach Josh Fontenot.

“Our principal (Perry Myles) called me and told me to check my email and sure enough, it was there,” said Fontenot.

“The email from the LHSAA said that it wasn’t a forfeit and we would just have a bye that week.”

Fortunately, that is not the case for the Gents.

Instead of a bye week, the Gents were able to fill the slot with Wossman of Monroe. Wossman was one of two schools with an open playing date.

“We immediately got on line to see who was available, if anybody, Week 1 and Wossman and Carver out of New Orleans were open,” said Fontenot. “Mr. (Perry) Myles happens to be friends with the principal at Wossman and literally within an hour, he (Myles) called me back and said we had Wossman.

“It was pretty much that simple and it seemed like a process that could have been panic mode, which it kind of was. It took really about an hour and a half to solve and we’re just lucky that Wossman had an open date and was willing to play. They’re going to come to us this year and we’re going to go to them next year.”

Wossman was a perennial power in Class 3A in the 80’s when they reached the state title game in Class 3A four times. They won the 1986 championship and moved up to Class 4A after that where they were the state runnersup in 1993.

Crowley and Wossman have met a handful of times in the playoffs in the 80’s with the Gents taking the last meeting, 17-15, in the 1989 Class 3A state championship game.

“Some of our players don’t even know who Wossman is,” said Fontenot. “I think the last time these two teams played was in the Dome. I don’t know if they are the Wossman of old, but I do know they are a formidable opponent and it will be a real challenge for us.”

For Fontenot, the unknown is welcome though. He is just happy to have a game.

“I’m excited about it,” said Fontenot. “We have a game. If it would have been Week 4 or 5, maybe you could use a bye week, but you can’t miss Week 1. Week 1 is way to important, I don’t care who you play.

“I would have played anybody Week 1 given the situation. We’re just happy to be playing.”

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