September 26, 2006
Albany -- The Albany State football team was supposed to travel to Baton Rouge to face Southern University Saturday.
Hurricane Rita had other ideas, though, and caused the cancellation of the game late Thursday night.
It was a strange situation for the Rams, and they say it was odd to prepare all week, and come gameday have nothing to do.
With no game to play, Albany State head coach Mike White spent his Saturday a little differently than usual.
"We just reviewed, worked on some of the special teams mistakes we made last week, and took a midseason report on where we are," said White.
The players say they were looking forward to playing Southern, and the alternative was not very exciting.
Defensive Lineman Alton Pettway says, "It was hard, it was boring. Waiting on the chance to play Southern. We didn't get to, but it happened for a reason."
Quarterback Hosea Harris added, "It was hard to put a game plan in for the whole week, and then you find out the day you're supposed to leave you aren't playing. You have to make an adjustment, but it's all right."
While not playing the game wasn't Albany State's idea of fun, Harris says it did give the Rams a chance to get healthy before this week's big conference match with Tuskegee.
"It played into our favor a little bit, since we have a big game coming up this week. We had the weekend off, and it gave guys a chance to get off their feet, and let all the injuries they had heal coming into this game, so it helped a lot."
Albany State is taking this game very seriously Pettway says, "We're in full pads today for a Monday practice. It starts today. If we want to win that game, it starts today."
"We want to hold on to the conference title we've had the past two years, that's what it comes down to, and that's what college football is all about," says coach White.
Saturday's game will kick off at 7 p.m.
Albany State is 3-1 so far this season, Tuskegee is undefeated.