Football: How Schalick found a homecoming date


By Phil Anastasia

Schalick athletic director Michael Clarke said it was "really weird."

"It all just fell into place," Clarke said of the circumstances that led to the Cougars finding an opponent for Friday night's homecoming game.

Here's what happened:

Schalick was supposed to play Wildwood on Friday.

It is Schalick's homecoming game.

But Clarke and Wildwood athletic director Christel Pond have been talking "since August," about the possbility that the Warriors might not be able to play the game, according to Clarke.

Wildwood has struggled with participation numbers this season and nearly cancelled the season in early September. The Warriors have played five games (they actually are 2-3) but they really needed a bye this week, Clarke said.

So Wildwood was out as an opponent for Friday.

But Clarke said it was pure serendipity that Schalick's trainer, Dottie Lawer, dates the head coach of a football team in Wilmington, Del.,  that had one of its game cancelled this season.

And Mount Pleasant's open weekend?

This weekend.

"It's really weird how it worked out," Clarke said. "We need a game, they needed a game, we had a connection, and we put it together."

Mount Pleasant is 2-4, Clarke said. The school has an enrollment of a little over 900 students.

Clarke compares Mt. Pleasant to "a Glassboro or a Salem."

Schalick is 3-1 and in the hunt for a SJ Group 1 playoff berth.

Best of all, the Cougars have a date for homecoming.

"Clean living," Clarke said of the reason it all worked out.

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