The game ball didn’t arrive in the usual way at Friday’s Silliman football field for a playoff game against Ben’s Ford Christian Academy from Bogalusa.

Baton Rouge Police Department pilot Jeremy Guidry, of Slaughter, who also flies for Southern Helicopters, flew two special passengers onto the Wildcats’ football field to deliver the game ball to Silliman and Ben’s Ford coaches.

Resa DeLee, of Felixville, who has cancer, and Tirzah Douglas, of Clinton, a cancer survivor, were acknowledged prior to Friday’s game.

DeLee is the mother of Silliman student Allie DeLee and graduate Joshua DeLee.

Douglas’s son, William Douglas, plays on the Wildcats football team.

“They are both great supporters of our football and other athletic teams,” Silliman Head Coach T.J. Davis said. “They are very great and loyal people. I have coached each of their sons and can say they are great mothers, too.”

Davis said the two women should be recognized for their courage and perseverance.

Guidry landed the chopper at 6:57 p.m. with DeLee and Douglas on board. Southern Helicopters, of Sunshine, donated the flight.

This was the second year Guidry has flown cancer survivors onto the playing field at Silliman. Both of Guidry’s sons, Brian and Bryce, attend Silliman and play for the Wildcats.

The Silliman Wildcats (8-2, 4-1) defeated the Ben’s Ford Eagles (6-2, 2-3), 40-0.

Playoff action is in store for the Wildcats when they travel to Adams County Christian Academy Nov. 7 for a second-round Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class 2A playoff game.