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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES. DECEMBER 16,2010, PAGE A-4 Scott Vaughan FROM PAGE A-1 Scott Vaughan earned his experience starting with seven years officiating high school games. "In my seventh year I got into the Southland Conference, so for a year I was officiating high school on Friday and college on Saturday. In my second year of officiating col- lege ball I worked four games in the Southland Conference, seven games in Conference USA. My travel regimen was so demanding I no longer officiated high school games. I went on to work seven years in Conference USA." Vau ghan told The Times. In the meritocracy that is professional officiating, Vaughan's proficiency in the regular season began to earn for him post-season assignments such as the Army-Navy game, the Gator Bowl in 2005 pitting West Virginia against Florida State. "The next year I worked the inaugural Conference USA game," and in 2005 the NFL tapped the Ponchatoulan to officiate for NFL Europe. "They would send us for 12 days at a time. In 2006 they sent me on three trips to Europe," Vaughan told his interviewer. The longtime married man who was interviewing Vaughan had to ask how such a demanding schedule can exist with love. "It is hard to maintain a relationship and find somebody who understands," replied the handsome and fit football official, every bit as toned as the professional players he polices. What really gets to him is the public misperception of his job as one that only lasts a few hours during games. "People think we show up and officiate a game and that's it." Reality is way differ- ent, as Vaughan explains: "We go to the games in a coat and tie and then change in our own locker rooms. We have a two to three hour pre-game meeting ("Even as a kid I sat in on pre-game meetings"). We have to be at the stadium three hours early to inspect the game balls, to meet with the play clock operator, meet with the TV producer on the media timeouts (TV commercial breaks). It's all to keep the game flowing. "I spend more than 40 hours a week preparing for a football game. Five minutes prior to kick-off we have the captains on the field. Everything is precisely done, on time. "There are seven of us on the field and we are all evaluated by NFL officials and others. We get rules tested every week. We get DVDs at the end of each game. to review. And we are evaluated every week. Depending on how good you do during the year as how you get assigned post- season," explained Vaughan. His next game is an industry plum. the Senior Bowl on January 29 when the stands will be crowded with NFL scouts preparing for the draft. Officials get paid a per-diem plus game fees, and they rest their heads at the Marriot and Hilton hotels, so life is not all struggle and strife for a football official. And you have the best view in the stadium. Vaughan has worked the International Bowl twice in the last four years, and his most recent gig was last Saturday's Big 12 Championship. And what would have to come as music to the ears of any fan, Vaughan actually told a reporter the following: "We do sometimes or SROOOEE THE CLOWN t Ponchatoula's Scott Vaughan (left) is pictured with Pres. H.W. Bush at the October 18, 2008 Texas Tech vs. Texas A&M game (Courtesy Photo) make the wrong call. We are not perfect." As a back judge, Vaughan says, "My primary responsibilities involve keying on the receivers, trying to spot pass interference, responsibility for the play clock, catching on illegal blocks below the waist. I key on the offensive formation. We all wear beepers and will stop the game to review. The NFL goes under the hood, while college uses the replay booth and an official makes the call," he said. But for this dynamic Ponchatoula athlete official, even what would suffice as a full schedule for most of us does not describe the true picture of his work week. He is a professional physical therapist with offices in Metairie. He is also an arena football official. "I've refereed Arena Foot- ball for eight years, four as the head referee, the other four as back judge. "My goal is to make it to the NFL," needlessly stated Scott Vaughan, going on to spell out what it takes to meet that chal- lenge, besides luck: "It takes at least 10 years of high school and college officiating. Then you have to wait for an opening, and there are only about four openings a year. I've just completed my seventeenth year of high school and college officiating Dudley Clark playing The Mules Hitch (Times Photo) Christmas Parade memories and Robin Richardson 6. The Lady Wave won the game 52 - FROM PAGE A-2 47. next week's column, or bringNov. 23 it up on my next radio show, The next game the Lady which airs every Monday from Wave came out and began play- 7-9 p.m. on 90.9 F.M, KSLU. ing good. Then it became obvi- ous that Ponchatoula was being played against a lot more than FROM PAGE A-2 the Jennings team. Calls on and go man-to-man and just Ponchatoula were frequent but about shut down the Tigers. when Jennings did the same Once in a while defense broke and the calls were not called. down and scored. Then the The Wave was behind 14 - 10 Wave got back on track and the at the end of one. Considering Tigers became frustrated. Pon- all the bad calls it was a good chatoula broke Westgate's man quarter. and scored. Scoring came from Second quarter Ponchatou- Taylor Johnson (2), Savanna la was falling behind 26 - 19, Balado and Anne James scored Johnson came off the bench and 17 each, Hannah Fletcher 10, PLEASE SEE PAGE B-2 Official Journal The Ponchatoula Times PUBLIC NOTICE The City of Ponchatoula is accepting bids on surplus property until Friday, De- cember 24, 2010. Please visit - - - _ j: . - ._ , for a complete list of items, and to place bids. Tomlyn Poche, City Clerk PUBLIC NOTICE An application for rezoning at 404, 408, 412, and 416 East Beech St. has been submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission. A public hearing will be held on December 20, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. by the Commission at City Hall to decide on this matter. All interested parties are invited to attend. Questions regarding this mat- ter may be presented to the Commission at this time. Ronnie Perrin. Zoning Chairman (Publish in The Ponchatoula Times,: December 16, 2010) PUBLIC NOTICE SALE OF PROPERTY Notice is hereby given that the City of Ponchatoula has for sale and is accepting bids on a certain parcel of property described as: Lots 4 & 5. block 1, Diamond A Sub. of Ponchatoula, Sec 45, T7S,R8E (approx. 80' x 80'). Minimum bid is $9,000. Sealed bids will be accepted until 4:00pm on Tuesday, December 28. 2010 at Ponchatoula City Hall, 125 West Hickory St., Ponchatoula, LA 70454. 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