A little football, anyone?
When South Central principal Ben Anderson told Theodore Stevens where North Knox was located, the new superintendent of schools initially laughed at the notion of the Satellites traveling four hours to play a football game.
Such is the plight of South Central and the eight other schools who were scheduled to play Hammond Bishop Noll, which informed them Monday that they would not be fielding a team this season. S.C. was slated to play at Noll in Week 4.
“We got an email at 1 o’clock Monday,” Anderson said. “It’s frustrating, but we were understand their stance. They had 10 kids show up. I can’t even imagine how Hanover Central feels. That was their opening game.”
Anderson sat down with assistant principal Ryan Kruszka and athletic director Jarad Miller to discuss options and remembered an article in The Indianapolis Star about Wood Memorial cancelling its season as well. They checked the John Harrell website to see who Wood Memorial was supposed to play in Week 4 and after a little digging, determined that it was North Knox, a Class 2A school located in the town of Bicknell in southwestern Indiana.
“They’re kind of similar to South Central,” Anderson said.
S.C. heard back from the North Knox principal and athletic director in short order Tuesday and Miller had preliminary discussions about setting up a game for Sept. 7.
“It’s their homecoming and they already have five away games so they’re pushing hard to make it a home game,” Anderson said. “The athletic director (Kent Doades) was pretty generous. He offered financial support, like helping with fuel costs, hotel rooms, splitting the gate. We discussed costs and (Stevens) was supportive. He’s understanding of the situation.”
South Central has also reached out to Indianapolis Washington, which also has a Week 4 opening, but hadn’t heard back.
“There could be financial implications, but at the same time, football has nine regular-season games and losing a game is 11 percent of their overall contests,” Anderson said. “That’s kind of crazy. The kids work too hard to lose a football game so we’re going to do anything we can to make it happen. It may not sound like the best, but maybe we can make it a memory for the kids, have a night in a hotel, do some team bonding, a couple of fun things.”