Most schools in the Baton Rouge area have their own stadiums and don’t have to worry about selecting a playoff game venue.
Setting the right place to play was a key element for two select schools, Division I Catholic High and Division IV Madison Prep, this week.
Catholic (9-1) typically plays its games at Olympia Stadium but opted for Memorial Stadium for its game with Brother Martin (9-2). Madison Prep (7-4) hosts Vermilion Catholic (9-1) at Glen Oaks High. Both quarterfinals are at 7 p.m. Friday.
“We’re playing our brother school for the first time, and I think there’s a level of excitement and the anticipation of a large crowd,” Catholic Athletic Director J.P. Kelly said. “If we played it at Olympia, I think we’d start in an overflow situation where people would have to stand in the end zones.
“That’s a great thing to be a part of. Logistically, the parking at Olympia is tough. By moving to Memorial, there shouldn’t be any problems with seating or parking.”
The fact fourth-seeded Catholic and No. 5 Brother Martin are both Brothers of the Sacred Heart schools set to meet for the first time in football adds to the anticipation.
Kelly, a former Catholic player, and Catholic coach Dale Weiner also share an affinity for Memorial, the oldest BREC stadium.
“Dale has always loved Memorial, and I know I have some wonderful memories from playing there,” Kelly said. “We think it’s a great venue for this game.”
Fans wondering when the two schools might meet again won’t have to wait long. Kelly said Brother Martin and Catholic have already agreed to meet in a Week 4 nondistrict game in 2015 and 2016.
Madison Prep milestone
Ninth-seeded Madison Prep hosts a playoff game for the first time in the school’s brief varsity football history.
MPA coach Michael Roach said the final details for the Chargers to host top-seeded Vermilion Catholic were set Tuesday with the administration at Glen Oaks.
While the staff at Madison Prep has been busy planning to host the game since Monday, Roach said his players have taken a matter-of-fact attitude about it.
“These kids are so funny,” Roach said. “The administration has been over the moon about this, just excited about it. They’re treating it like its any other game. They don’t realize they’re about to do something a lot of teams never do.”
McKinley seeks coach
McKinley High is looking to hire an offensive coordinator for 2015.
Contact MHS coach Robert Signater at (225) 344-7696.