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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Weeks later, Lakewood vs. Bogie officially canceled



When the regular-season opener between Boca Ciega and Lakewood was postponed due to Lightning, both head coaches spent much time debating what to do.

There was talk of playing the game on Saturday morning. Then perhaps the following Monday. Boca Ciega coach Max Smith and Lakewood coach Cory Moore finally settled on Monday, Oct. 2. The date was picked because that was Boca Ciega’s off week, and Smith was adamant that if the game was going to be made up, it could only be on his off week.

Moore agreed. Then after a few weeks of thinking about it, he disagreed.

If they kept that Oct. 2 makeup date, Lakewood was looking at playing Friday against district opponent Dunedin, neighborhood rival Boca Ciega on Monday, then Pinellas Park the next Friday. That would have been three games in eight days.

“It’s not in the best interest of either team," Moore said. “For us, yes, it is a home game that we are missing, but it’s not a district game. It’s a no-win situation for us. I want our kids focused only on Dunedin this week and not worrying about having to play a game on Monday.

“We’ve gone through the rough part of our season already and I believe we are playing the best ball we have all year. I don’t want to put that in jeopardy by wearing our kids out at this point in the season."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2016 1:43pm]


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