DEMAREE: Lexington area HS benefits from Katrina

As a flurry of activity takes place in Mississippi and Louisiana in relation to the hurricane and flood victims, it's expected to be a flurry of activity in Kentucky as well as other states. The sports related activities and specifically football related would be taking place to accommodate these youngsters so they won't miss their entire season.

As a flurry of activity takes place in Mississippi and Louisiana in relation to the hurricane and flood victims, it's expected to be a flurry of activity in Kentucky as well as other states. The sports related activities and specifically football related would be taking place to accommodate these youngsters so they won't miss their entire season.

On Friday, Henry Clay head coach Sam Simpson called his team together to introduce a young man named Scott Ward to the team that would likely be joining them. He informed them that he is a good player and is not there to take anybodies position but they need to be sensitive to his situation.

Ward's family was displaced from Covington, Louisiana and he was slated to play his senior year at St. Paul's High School there. Covington sets on the North Shore right above New Orleans right across Lake Pontchartrain.

Why did they relocate in Lexington, Kentucky? Ward said because they have relatives in Lexington.

"We weren't flooded out but we were hit hard," Ward said. Where I live, about ¾ of the trees are gone and the power is down for maybe a month or two months, and no running-water.

"To the right of us about 10 minutes in Slidell, they were flooded pretty bad." That is the home of UK defensive tackle Lamar Mills who no doubt will play football Sunday with great concern for his family.

Ward said: "We evacuated a day before the Hurricane broke. We took all our family to Oxford, Mississippi. My dad went back to assess the damage and told us to go on to Kentucky."

Ward is a 6-foot-2 275-pound defensive tackle that Simpson is going to be able to add to his already deep roster. Ward said he played in something call the ‘meat package' for the right-tackle-offense. "I hope to be in uniform by the next game," Ward anxiously stated. "I can't stand to be on the sidelines."

Former UK defensive tackle Oliver Barnett, who coaches the defensive line at Henry Clay High School and always has a smile on his face, has an even broader smile on his face now. Barnett said that Ward already bench presses 350-pounds. Ward said he has no major offers presently but LSU, Southern Miss, and Arkansas have all shown interest.

The rules state that a player has to have ten days of practice before he can play but in this case the practice he put in at his old school can count. He said his family would be in Lexington the rest of the year.

"What we are going to do in this situation is expedite these transfer situations," said Bridget DeVries the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner. "They have to submit a high school form of the receiving school and the sending school. This verifies the grade level and the age if the student/athlete. He will fill out only the side he can fill out then take a physical and play." DeVries said she has already talked to at least ten school across the state to assure that the same set of standards for eligibility across the board are being applied. As the applications come, they will be acted upon speedily.

In the case of Sam Simpson's football team, ‘the rich get richer.'

Can you imagine the mass cheating that's going to occur across the south amongst universities as families of star athletes re-locate in other states? A lot of financial aid can suddenly become available and no red flags go up.

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