Ever have your home or work computer system crash, making it impossible to complete an important project?
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association feels your pain this week.
Plans to have LHSAA’s football officials take their yearly rules exam at school-based sites on Monday and Tuesday failed because of computer issues.
As a result, LHSAA assistant executive director Keith Alexander said football officials would retain their 2010 scores and rating. New officials will be given a passing score and placed on the lowest level of certification.
“There was a problem with the server that belongs to the company we’re contracting to do the tests,” Alexander said. “It’s frustrating because we had everything in place and the officials were ready to go.
“What we’ve been told is that more band width needs to be added. Hopefully, everything will be ready when we do this with our basketball, baseball and softball officials.”
Wilson moves up
Another injury has defensive back Cole Wilson set to play quarterback for Class 3A Parkview Baptist in Friday’s South Baton Rouge Jamboree at PBS.
Wilson, the younger brother of former PBS quarterback Brady Wilson, takes over for Brennan Bozeman, who suffered a broken hand in a non-football incident, said PBS coach Kenny Guillot.
Guillot said he is not sure how long Bozeman will be sidelined. It is the second serious injury suffered by the Eagles, who lost running back Brandon Johnson for the season with a knee injury.
“We have all the confidence in the world in Cole,” Guillot said. “What we tell our guys is this isn’t really a loss, it’s a chance for somebody else to step in get some experience.”
The Eagles experienced the same scenario last year on the way to a Class 3A state title. Bozeman subbed for an injured Jake Clouatre at quarterback and both saw action in the playoffs.
Griffins’ class of 92
Like other area coaches, Dutchtown coach Benny Saia has been busy ordering equipment to keep up with the influx of prospective players.
Saia said the Class 5A Griffins currently dress out 225 players in grades nine through 12 for practice, including 92 freshmen.
“It’s a nice problem to have, but that’s a lot of players to keep up with ,,, more than I’ve ever seen,” Saia said.
Livonia’s dual threat
Livonia’s Mark Lewis is getting the attention of recruiters who have different ideas about where he’ll play at the next level.
Lewis plays running back and linebacker, and LHS coach David Brewerton said he has scholarship offers from Memphis and Southern Illinois,.
Brewerton said Memphis is recruiting Lewis as a linebacker, while Southern Illinois projects him as a running back.