Bogalusa football receives a pizza lunch after a dramatic end to the season

Mayor Wendy O’Quin Perrette said she “didn’t want the disturbing events of the past few weeks to overshadow the incredible season our lumberjacks have had.”

BOGALUSA, Louisiana — The Bogalusa Lumberjack football team was treated to a pizza lunch Friday, hosted by the mayor and the city’s police department.

The Bogalusa Police Department said the lunch was meant to celebrate the district champions and cheer on the team as they head to the playoffs in two weeks.

The celebration comes after a week of back-and-forth between Bogalusa and Albany High School as to where their final football game of the season – which was scheduled for Friday night – should take place. Albany expressed concern about sending its players to Bogalusa after a deadly shooting claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy during Bogalusa’s high school homecoming game. Bogalusa wanted to keep the game at home for Senior Night.

The directors first decided to move the game to a “neutral site” in Amite. But it has led some in Bogalusa to call on the Louisiana High School Athletic Association to let the game return to Bogalusa. Ultimately, Albany chose to forfeit.

Bogalusa Mayor Wendy O’Quin Perrette said she “didn’t want the disturbing events of the past few weeks to overshadow the incredible season our loggers have had.”

Authorities have issued arrest warrants for three men in connection with the filming of the rematch. An 18-year-old from Baton Rouge is facing multiple charges, including second-degree murder. Two others face obstruction of justice charges.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.