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SPORTS Did Bogalusa really deserve the winning points? By LINDA FAIRBURN Timea Reporter What appeared to be an upset victory for PHS turned into a heart breaking loss as the Lumberjacks of Bogalusa successfully convinced the officials that their field goal, with time running out on the clock, was good. When all is said and done, the officials have complete control of the game and although it was obvious the kick veered off to the left, the score could not be changed once the arms of the officials were raised signaling the attempt was good. It is really a bitter pill to swallow when you look at a group of athletes, who played an outstanding game, walk dejected and clown-hearted across the field on which this hard-fought contest was staged. It is one thing to be beaten by a good, sound football team, but to have to beat the officials too is a hard task for any team. PHS could not do both and so walked away from the contest on the short end of the game by a score of 15- 14. Defensively, the Greenies played a near perfect game, allowing but 40 yards total rushing. Particularly outstanding were Mark Ridgel, Mike Haight, Darren Landry and Paul Uter. Surprisingly, the Green Wave got on the score board first on a pass from Carl Disher to Russell Rock from 9 yards out. The PAT was good, and so with 51 seconds left in the first quarter, the score was 7-0 in favor of the Green Wave. With the start of the second quarter, i ! ' '1'1 ' '1 the Greenies proved that their defense is as strong as any team in the district by containing speedy QB Eric Brister. Time and time again he was caught behind the line of scrimmage by Paul Uter and Mark Ridgel. In Greenie territory, the Lumber- jacks elected to pass on fourth down in order to keep their first drive going. However, Greenie Mike Haight had dif- ferent ideas as he batted the ball away from the receiver on a brilliant defensive move. Another drive mid-way in the second period resulted in a shut down of the attack as John Brown intercepted a second down pass, thus ending a potential drive. Merlin Allen had his best night offensively for the Green Wave as he successfully gained yardage on the ground to help PHS retain possession, until the first half came to a close. The Lumberjacks started the second half with an on sides kick, but this didn't work either as Dwayne McGary pounced on the ball for the Greenies. However, on the fourth down punt the Lumberjacks returned the kick 80 yards on a beautiful run and with 10:27 left in the third period, the score remained in favor of the Greenies. The PAT was no good and the score was 7-6. The rest of the quarter saw both teams playing a lot of defense, as well as a multitude of penalties dominating the game. As time ran out in the third period Bogalusa had a bad fourth down punt which landed on their own 14 yard line. The Greenies were able to capitalize on this costly mistake and turned it into a score with 11:17 remaining in the fourth period. From the one yard line, BRANCH-DANIELS General Insurance 386-9987 Charlie Branch Jr. 0s E. Pine St. Owner P.O Drawer 57B Ponchatoula I' " [' ' I ' Tense game Merlin Allen M.D., team physician looks to the action on the field as Darron Landry receives some Russell Rock scored his second TD making the score 13-6. A much improved kicker, Darren Landry, made the PAT good and so the score was 14- 6. At this point, the fans (Ponchy's) were in hysterics over what looked like a looming PHS victory. In fact, things looked so good even Coach Marten had a slight grin on his face and the players were beating each others pads in total excitement. coaching from Greg Marten. (Times Photo by Llnda Falrburn) touchdown. A pass interferance call gave the Lumberjacks all the momentum they needed and so with 4:05 left to play, QB Curtis Brister ran around left end for a one yard six points. The two point conversion was no good and so the score was 14-12 in favor of the Green Wave. Another on-sides kick by Bogalusa was handled by Darren Landry of the Green Wave and so it appeared the Greenies were in control and on the THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, OCTOBER 23, 1986, PAGE TEN Last chance This time-out conference just before "the fatal field goal" wasn't enough to prevent the questionable loss to Bogalusa Friday. Pictured are: (66) Eddie LaCroln, (77) Darron Landry, (86) Paul Uter, and (67) William Meyers. (Times Photo by Linda Fairburn) ATTENTION By MARGIE LESSARD Reporter Dixie Youth Baseball coaches: There will be a meeting of coaches and commissioners on Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Com- munity Center. If you plan on coaching next season please try to be there. Monogram Sale ONE WEEK ONLY 3-1nitial Pendent Name Rin. 10K-$72 10K-$140 Reg.-S90 Reg.-S175 I Lay-a-way - for Christmas ' Douglas Kent - Jeweler 2724 W. Thomas It seemed no matter what the 'Jacks way to an upset victory. However, a culd try ffensively' the Greenie chain f events leading t the field gal ! H d LA defense was there to end all their would prove disastrous in the end for the Greenies. a m m o n , . A fumble recovery by Bogalusa and a ic = c 3 c : :) . progress. However, in all their excite- ment and anxiety to win the game a costly penalty with 4:05 left in the game caused the Greenies to give up a second Bootsy's V4 Lb Burger face mask call against PHS gave the Lumberjacks a fourth down on the PHS 14. A fake field goal and an incomplete pass, which |nterferance was ruled, allowed the Lumberjacks. ca first down. The clock was now at 23 seconds and so on second down Bogalusa decided to go with a desperation field goal attempt. As the kick was in the air, the clock had no time left and the officials indicated the kick was good. A very shocked crowd and certainly a disappointed football team watched in disbelief as the ball churned to the left of the goal post. They saw three points go on the scoreboard and the game given to the Lumberjacks by a score of 15-14. Depending on which side you sat on, the real winner this contest cannot be judged fairly by the score at the end of the game. It is too bad victory must be decided by anyone else other than the actual players on the field. It does not give the people responsible for the victory the oroper credit, nor does it help the loser humbly admit defeat. - Next week is homecoming at PHS, with lots of festivities, as well as a tremendous battle between PHS and Slidell. 542-9282 (= 3 (= : FALL SPECIAL For 3 Months and Get the 4th Month FREE New Equipment Separate Steam Rooms Private Whirlpool Private Dressing Rooms CO-ED PONCHATOULA HEALTH CLUB s7500 Hours: 9 am. - 9 pm. Mon-Fri. Sat. 9 am. - 2 pro. | Bootsy' 00EEF 18199 Fully Dressed, Sm. :ries and 12 oz. Fountain Drink 386-3034 365 W. Pine St. Thank You! I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard during this election to not only elect me Parish President, but also support our new Parish Government. It is your efforts that have made and will continue to make the dif- ference in Tangipahoa Parish. I would like to invite all my friends and supporters to come see the Parish Presi- dent Inauguration October 27th, 10 a.m. Again, 1 want to thank everyone for their help and support. Sincerely, Gordon Burgess Paid for by the inauguration committee for Gordon Burgess, Parish President, Sheree Able, Chairman. III I I[ I I II I I I I IIII II I II