Local games changed

Published 2:00 am Sunday, September 23, 2007

All three prep football teams in Pearl River County had their games called off this weekend due to the premature threat of tropical depression 10.

Both Pearl River Central and Poplarville had their games Postponed and they will be made up on Monday, while Picayune’s game with Pascagoula that was scheduled for Saturday was canceled and will not be played.

The Blue Devils and D’Iberville will kick off at 6 p.m., in D’Iberville, while the Hornets will host Long Beach at 7:30 p.m. The games are the Division 8-4A openers for all four teams.

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With Hancock enjoying an off week, it marked the first time since Hurricane Katrina hit that none of the four local teams were in action on the gridiron for a weekend.

The postponement marked the second time that Poplarville has been delayed in opening its new on campus stadium. Poplarville athletics director John Miller indicated that the local emergency management agency asked the school to postpone Friday’s game.

That’s what happened to PRC as well, as the Harrison County EMA Pasked all teams in that county to postpone their games as well. D’Iberville High School is also used an emergency shelter.

Monday’s game will be D’Iberville’s Homecoming also.

Picayune head coach Dodd Lee said early on Friday that he was leaning toward not wanting to move the game against the Panthers to Monday.

Around 1 p.m., he and Pascagoula athletics director Greg Freeman agreed to not play the game on Saturday night and then both agreed just to call the game off.

“There are some things you just can’t do anything about,” Lee said. “And the weather is one of them.”

The Maroon Tide will now turn its attention to PRC, as Picayune and the Blue Devils will renew their arch-rivalry Friday night in Carriere.

For the Blue Devils and Hornets, it will mark a short work week as both are back in Division 8-4A play as well four days later, with PRC hosting Picayune and the Hornets hosting D’Iberville.

Hancock returns to action as well Friday against Ocean Springs in the Region 4-5A opener for both teams.

With PRC and Poplarville playing it will make for an interesting Monday night for local fans as the Saints host the Titans that night as well.