Scotlandville Athletic Director Latoshia Clay had no idea her school would be a trendsetter.
At about 8:30 a.m., she started sending out texts and emailing to announce the Hornets’ District 4-5A and regular-season finale against Denham Springs was being moved from Friday to Thursday night, citing concerns about inclement weather forecasts.
Before the day was over, Thursday’s high school football schedule in the Baton Rouge area had swelled from four games to 15. The most notable swap has Southern Lab traveling to Kentwood a day early for a game that will decide the District 6-1A title.
“I had no clue about any other changes,” Clay said. “We made our decision based on our facilities. What people don’t understand is that when Scotlandville was remodeled several years ago, it was a Class 3A school and the updates were based on that enrollment.
“Now we’re 5A, and so are the other teams we’re playing. If there’s bad weather, we have no way to accommodate that many people. Our gyms are too far toward the front of the school for that. And if our field gets damaged, we’d have a hard time repairing in time should we get to host a playoff game next week.”
Two 5-5A games, East Ascension at Broadmoor and Catholic at McKinley, also were moved, along with two District 6-3A games, Donaldsonville at University High and Port Allen at Parkview Baptist. All games are scheduled for 7 p.m.
The decision to move the Southern Lab at Kentwood game came later in the day. Southern Lab coach Marcus Randall said Kentwood coach Jonathan Foster called to discuss the move to Thursday late Wednesday morning.
Kentwood (8-1, 4-0) and SLHS (6-2, 4-0) meet with an outright district title on the line. KHS is ranked third in Class 1A, while Southern Lab is fourth.
“To be honest with you, I hadn’t looked at the forecasts or anything,” Randall said. “I didn’t know what the chance of rain was, but I found out. And then I saw online that a lot of other schools were moving their games.
“After seeing all that, I got with our director to see if we could do it logistically. Could we get our buses and the other things we needed to make it happen? Once we knew, we could make it work.”
Randall downplayed the importance of losing a day of preparation.
“It would be a bigger deal in Week 2 or Week 3,” Randall said. “At that point, things are evolving.
“Going into Week 10, things are pretty much set and most of us use Thursday as a walk-through.”
Games originally scheduled for Thursday
St. Michael (6-4A) vs. Tara (6-4A) at Woodlawn High
Glen Oaks (6-3A) at West Feliciana (6-3A)
Mentorship (6-2A) vs. Capitol (6-2A) at Memorial Stadium
White Castle (6-1A) vs. St. John-Plaquemine (6-1A) at Plaquemine’s Canova Stadium
Games moved to Thursday
Denham Springs (4-5A) at Scotlandville (4-5A)
East Ascension (5-5A) at Broadmoor (5-5A)
Catholic (5-5A) at McKinley (5-5A)
Catholic-PC (5-1A) at False River (5-1A)
Donaldsonville (6-3A) at University (6-3A)
Port Allen (6-3A) at Parkview Baptist (6-3A)
Albany (7-3A) at Amite (7-3A)
Kaplan (8-3A) at Ascension Catholic (6-1A)
KIPP Renaissance (9-3A) at St. James (9-3A)
Springfield (7-2A) at Bogue Chitto, Miss.
Southern Lab (6-1A) at Kentwood (6-1A)