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=n .= PONCHATOULA TIMES, OCTOBER 20, 2011, PAGE A-2 PARI00 ER =AYR SSO00 Attorney at [_, : Auto Accident Injury : 18-Wheeler Injury : Criminal Defense (985) 370-9832 Downto Ponchato John Dudek Adding injury to insult By JOHN DUDEK Times Columnist ,It was one of the most pain- ful losses in Saints head coach i Sean Payton's tenure as the leader of the Black and Gold. It always hurts to lose a close game to a division rival, it hurts even more when the head coach :goes down for the count with a broken leg. On just the third offensive play of the game for the Saints, tight end Jimmy Graham was shoved out'of bounds by a Bucs linebacker, right into Payton's legs. As the coach went down, it seemed like the team's chances to win did as well. Not only did the team lose its head coach, they also lost their offensive coordinator and :play caller. The blow may have been less severe if the Saints were winning big, but they fell ibehind early, and looked out of !: sync for much of the game. While Drew Brees had a de- cent game, his three intercep- tions were a season high and : the proverbial nails in the cof- fin. Even more uncharacteris- tic of the offense was running back Pierre Thomas's fumble :that contributed to the loss. 0he of the biggest keys in the Saint's loss was the play call- ing. Obviously, Coach Payton wasn't able to make the calls down the stretch, but on 4th down, with the game on the line, the Saints went back to the same play that was unsuc- cessful against the Green Bay Packers. And the result was just as disappointing. The Saints lined up in an ob- vious running formation, when it was obvious to everyone in the stadium that they were going to pass. Just as it did in Green Bay, the play blew up in the Saints' faces. Final score, Buccaneers 26, Saints 20. Hopefully Sean Payton makes a quick recovery from his injury, and gets the Saints back on track. The good news out of all this is that the team is still in first place in the NFC South, and they play the winless Indi- anapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football. Coming off of the tough loss from last week, and still no Payton Manning for the Colts, look for the Saints to slaughter the Colts, 42-13. Olivia Ruby wins Miss Southeastern Katie Arbour .Tough loss to Mandeville This Friday night, travel with us to St. Paul High School for the Green Wave's 10 th foot- ball gaffle. With only two games to go, the heat is up for PHS. Unfortunately, last week's game against Mandeville wasn't all that hot. Before fans even got a chance to settle into their seats, the Skippers had already scored the first touchdown and extra point of the game. They didn't share the ball too much either, taking it immediately to a first down on the 19 yard line. They even took a chance and punted to the opposite side of the field, although the Green Wave boys did manage to tackle it down, it gave the Skippers a first down on the 36 yard line. Very soon after, Mandeville scored another touchdown and extra point, bringing the score to 0-14, with 6 minutes still left in the I st quarter. Ponchatoula finally got a chance to gain some yardage before Mandev- ille snatched it back before the fourth down. When PHS did get the ball back, they attempted a pass, which was intercepted by the Skippers. MHS drove their way down the fields for anoth- er touchdown and extra point, bringing the score to a sad 0-21. Ponchy finally got their hands on the ball, pushing MHS as far as the 20 yard line before halftime cut them off. At the pep rally at PHS that day, Coach Hank told the students: "They are a really good team, and we are going to need all the support we can get if we are to win this game." After a stunning performance by the Ponchatoula Green Wave Band, (with their newly re- turned color guard), the team entered the field with a fierce motivation to catch back up. They fought with all their hearts and scored their first touchdown of the game, but had a fearful moment when a ref- eree threw a yellow flag on the play. Luckily, the flag was for a personal foul on Mandeville, but they did not manage the ex- tra point, bringing the score to 6-21. After Ponchatoula kicked off, Mandeville took the ball across the field to score anoth- er touchdown. The PHS boys fought hard to stop him, many diving and others surround- ing him, but it was not enough to slow him down, and neither is their attempt to "Block that Kick" that the crowd screams to them. Bringing the score to 6-28, I notice that a bunch of the boys are on the sidelines, leaning on crutches or sitting down with injuries. This is not a good thing for the end of the season. Pon- chatoula manages to keep the ball for awhile after this touch- down, but MHS steals back for another touchdown. PLEASE SEE PAGE A-5 Happy Anniversary October 20 - Paul & Pam Baize, Carl & Terry Herrick, Craig & Cheryl Bolotte October 21 - Vince & Donna Annina, Gary & Kelly Verneuil October 22 - David & Delora Watts, David & Debbie Albin October 23 - Robert & Don- na Townsend, David & Karen Kraft, David & Delora Watts October 24 - Terry & Diane Pepitone October 25 - Stanley & Hel- en Laurent, Robert & Kathy Knight, Jason & Staci Anding October 26 - Donald & Anita Forbes, Harold & Pauline Cork- ern, V.W. & Myrtle Laird, J.R. & Peggy Longcor Happy Birthday October 20 -Allie Barber, Charles Branch Jr., Denise Par- ent, Greg Fisher, Guy LeBlanc, Irene Arrettieg, James Heiber, Karen Lea, Kathryn Joncola, Paige Brown, Quentin Collier, Sarah Peterson, Sidney Alex- ander, Tristan Fielding, Yvette Gregoire, October 21 -Amy Bren- nan, Beverly Achord, Breanna Raborn, Brian Bernard, Brian PLEASE SEE PAGE A-4 Please Notify Us Of Changes You Wish Made In our Birthday and Anniversary Greetings 985/386-2877 The first step in reaching your pals is reaching the person who can help you achieve them. .401(k)1403(b) R0110vers , All IRAs, Annuities, & Drop , Personalized Investment Advke L Your Local Specialists Web Site Creation DVD/CD Duplication Web Site Hosting Business Printing Services (Any quantity - Large or Small) Go to or call 386-8581 Ii Help PHS PHS is trying to win a grant for $7500 for an afterschool tu- toring program for freshmen. Albertsons' Community Part- ner Challenge i,s through Octo- ber 14. To help we must all go to this website at www.albertson-scp- ,'and vote for Pon- chatoula High to get this grant. The "Climbing with Excellence Project" is funded by this gra and would help freshmen wi make-up assignments m make-up attendance time, well as reward outstanding a] improving students. Please take the time to su port this great project. Thank you for your suppor Don & Louise Steadman Ponchatoula Times Published byThe Ponchatoula Times L.L.C. 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David Stefferud--Madisonville Bureau Chief Times Columnists and Photographers Ole Hardhide The Alligator, "King Phillip" Hextall (Internet), Marion Fannaly (Automotive), Brooks O'Connor (features), Parker Layrisson (Law), Jim Perrin -- (History) Times On Wheels Columnists Bryan McMahon & Chris O'Conner (and photography) NEWS RELEASES & ADVERTISING e-mail (preferred) FAX 9851386-0458 (During office hours) P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 We accept VISA/Mastercard OFFICIAL JOURNAL City of Ponchatoula, Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival, Louisiana Furnishing Industries Association MEMBER Louisiana Press Association, Gulf States Automo- tive Writers Association, Texas Auto Writers Association HONORS Louisiana Press Association Freedom of Information Award, 1st Place Investigative Reporting, 1st place Editorial Writing, Gibbs Adams Award for Investigative Reporting, Brown Pelican Award for Environmental Reporting OFFICE HOURS 8:30-Noon, 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday -- Closed Tuesday Afternoons crown Southeastern Louisiana University business major Ol- ivia Ruby of Mandeville has been chosen Miss Southeastern 2012. Ruby received her crown from Miss Southeastern 2011 Gabri- elle Palma, also of Mandeville, at the annual pageant Satur- day (Oct. 15) at Southeastern's Pottle Music Building Audito- rium. Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, the pageant is affiliated with the Miss America Pageant system. A freshman, Ruby also re- ceived the Evening GownAward, the Lifestyle and Fitness Award and tied with Bethany Putnam of Mandeville for the Interview Award. Times Internet Edition -- www. ) E-Mail: editor@ ) .... " i ..... ]!! .... ;i ' =: ::i: 1 Htli]: }i 'i ,, iil l!lit;t!! lil]!:iii I::I,,;aLB" I:1: ill:i Iffii!lliillilllll[[lll:lllildlil:lt]iltlili]llt : ;"I lii !i [,:ii:"i i:,:: t i]  i iiil! iJ; " 1 !| i i ;ll= llllllmllNllllmil' , " '