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Buzz: Push for Catholic vs. West Florida High game to be played at maritime stadium

November 18, 2013

West Florida and Catholic will face off this Friday to see which team advances in the Florida 5A football playoffs. The Catholic Crusaders won their earlier match, 31-13, before a crowd of over 6,000 fans at West Florida High’s Marlon L. Bullock Field, on Woodham Middle School campus.

The rematch will be at Catholic High, which can seat around 3,000. There is a group trying to get the game transferred to the Maritime Park stadium. I’m not sure that there is enough time to pull this off or that Catholic High will approve the change of venue, but what a great place to play such a huge game.

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  • jeff November 19, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    No way. CHS won the home field advantage and should have.

  • Anonymous November 19, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    It is incredible that a member of the School Board does not use better grammar. “Myself and many others have suggested” is just one howler out of several in two short Responses. Perhaps Mr. Bergosh could audit an elementary school English class, if grammar is still taught in the Escambia County School District.

  • EPenn November 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Mr. Bergosh, Yep… It’s everyone elses fault but the school system in Escambia County… You are saints for sure…ha ha… That’s the same response I always get, “it’s not my fault”… they want parent involvement up to the point you actually do and then you’re a problem parent. Please come up with some new excuses at least…

  • EPenn November 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    DD, what are you talking about, its FOOTBALL what else matters? Have you gone daft? Next you will be wanting to recognize academic scholarships along with the football and baseball signing days!

    I just want to ask Mr. Bergosh, when will scholastic accomplishment mean anything in Escambia County?

  • Jeff Bergosh November 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    “D.D.” I discuss the test score issues, discipline issues, drug issues, and other social issues that affect our schools so often I feel like I’m at the bottom of a well screaming and nobody is listening. Watch the first 45 seconds of section 3 of 3 of part II of this recent meeting:

    where discipline differences between various students got discussed. People like you want to cast stones but offer nos solutions. People like you are not interested in discussing the uncomfortable social realities caused by the absence of the “family unit” in many areas of our county–which directly impacts children ,their school performance,—and so many other things. People like you want to cure symptoms and not address root causes. So addressing these issues as they manifest themselves in our classes is an ongoing challenge….

    The consequences that I refer to in Catholic’s decision to host the game at their stadium are evident from what I wrote-fewer attendees and less gate, concession, and parking revenue for their program. If you want further edification on either of the two issues above, call me at 293-1459 and I’ll help you connect the dots

  • DD November 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Wow! An Escambia County School Board .member makes comments about a football game on Rick’s Blog. Where are his comments on the low test scores in a Escambia county schools? I only wish Mr. Bergosh would focus on solutions that improve our local educational system then criticize the Catholic high school community.

    I would like him to expound on the consequences of their choice to host a high school football game.

  • Jeff Bergosh November 19, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Catholic has the right to choose the venue. No question about it, 100%. However, myself and many others have suggested that this being the biggest game of the year and with pent-up demand due to no other local games being played Friday–that a neutral 3rd party site that would accommodate more game attendees (7,000 or more) could be a viable alternative and should be considered. The maritime park facility could be such an alternative–and what better venue could be offered for such a big game? Clean, large, and comfortable. That idea, along with a plethora of other neutral, third party sites, was floated by Escambia administrators and others as early as last Saturday–but these alternatives were flatly rejected by Catholic. My own call to Sister Kiersten was not returned. It’s their decision, It is their call, 100%. But they’ll be leaving lots of fans from both teams without an ability to attend due to size constraints, and they’ll be leaving lots of money on the table. A perplexing decision, but it is 100% their choice, and choices have consequences.

  • Bob November 18, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    Uh, no it wasn’t. Played at Woodham, West Florida’s home field

    • Rick Outzen November 19, 2013 at 5:47 am

      Thanks. I clarified the first venue.

  • Me. Reality November 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Correction. The first game was at CHS