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Jun 4, 2013 7:05 PM by Alex Labat

Tee Cotton Bowl on Hold

Football season may be months away, but already a big high school game in Evangeline Parish may be sidelined.
The Tee Cotton Bowl is a tradition between Sacred Heart and Ville Platte high schools, but this year it might not happen because of contract disputes.
Bringing you up to speed, the game was scheduled to be played at Ville Platte this year, but since Sacred Heart only has a few home games, both schools agreed to change the venue to Sacred Heart.
That switch upset the Ville Platte High Booster Club, because the game brings in three times the amount of money than a regular game.
The Club then went to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, which voided the switch.

From day one, the big game, has been all about sportsmanship.
Tim Fontenot and his son Jacob started the "Tee Cotton Bowl" more than a decade showcase the only two teams in this community.
`"You should have the right to compete and to compete well, by giving your opponent everything you've got and what he gives you, because you make each other better", says Fontenot.
The bowl game has gained national and international, being documented on NFL Films, written about by NFL coach Tony Dungy, blessed by former pope John Paul II, and that's not all.
Fontenot says, "We're known throughout the football world, the world of football in America, and I've even gotten letters back from Nelson Mandela, so we're known throughout the world.

Both Sacred Heart and Ville Platte would not comment on the matter.
But Fontenot hopes there's still time to reach an agreement, saying, "While winning is important, how you behave and how you act is more important. If I make this an issue for my loss then I'm not honoring the aspect of the game. We're supposed to be peacemakers in this game. And I have to be a peacemaker too."



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