Coaches and administrators for Baker High and Parkview Baptist took the proactive step of meeting together on Monday and announced they are ready to move on after a Friday night football game that was called by game officials because of a brawl.
The altercation took place with 6:41 remaining in the third quarter of the District 6-3A game. PBS was leading 22-0 at the time the game was stopped and won. Both schools said they are preparing for an Louisiana High School Athletic Association sportsmanship hearing that looms on the horizon.
LHSAA Assistant Executive Director Keith Alexander said his office is still in the process of obtaining reports on the altercation. Alexander said a sportsmanship hearing for the schools is tentatively set for Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 9 a.m. at the LHSAA office.
PBS coach Kenny Guillot and Baker coach Robert Raines said it was important for the two schools to take the initiative to meet on their own before an LHSAA hearing. That meeting took place late Monday morning at Parkview.
“I think the important thing for people to know is that we’ve met, talked things over and the two schools are fine with each other,” Guillot said. “We’re looking forward to future games with Baker and don’t anticipate having any problems.”
Raines added, “We have the utmost respect for the Parkview players and coaches. We’ll both still have to meet with the LHSAA and see what punishment there is, but we also need to prepare to move on. This meeting was a big step.”
Alexander said the meeting by the two schools was a positive step but is separate from the LHSAA’s planned hearing. The Baker-PBS situation is one of two altercations Alexander and the LHSAA staff is investigating.
Friday’s game between Bastrop and Carroll was also halted during the third period because of an altercation. Alexander said that hearing is tentatively set for Oct. 27 in Monroe.
In the meantime, all four teams will compete Friday without LHSAA sanctions or limitations. PBS (4-3, 2-0) meets Glen Oaks (3-3, 1-0) in another key 6-3A game at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium. Baker (1-6, 0-2) hosts East Feliciana (2-4, 0-1) at Wedge Kyes Stadium, also in 6-3A.
“We’re still in the process of getting the written reports from Baker and from the game officials,” the LHSAA’s Alexander said. “We’ve already received video clips.
“Because the game had to be stopped, because people other than players were struck and because the game officials feared for their safety, there’s no question there will be a sportsmanship hearing.
“The fact that the schools met is a good thing. They could choose to impose punishments themselves, and I think we would view that positively, too.”