MONTESANO — If the Montesano Bulldogs football team is to repeat as state champions this season, they’ll have to do it as road dogs once again.
The reconstruction of the Rottle Field grandstand, razed by fire last September, has been delayed due to defects in the concrete risers that support the wooden benches in the grandstand, according to Montesano School District Superintendent Dan Winters.
Stadium contractor Rognlin’s Inc., of Aberdeen, refused the precast risers provided by the supplier, according to Winter.
“There were defective spots in all of them. They rejected them and now we’re starting over with that portion of the project,” Winter said.
The project’s completion, originally targeted for mid-October, is now delayed until late winter or early spring.
“Some of that has to do with weather,” said Winter, noting that the construction of portions of the grandstand roof will require a stretch of dry weather.
Winter said there would be no additional costs to the district.
Montesano had already rescheduled three of its five varsity home games — Sept. 13 against Cascade Christian, Sept. 26 (a Thursday night) against Woodland and the homecoming contest Oct. 18 against Tenino — for Aberdeen’s Stewart Field.
Still to be determined are the dates and locations for the mid-October contest against Rochester and the scheduled Nov. 1 Civil War with Elma.
Winter said there are conflicts at Stewart Field for those dates and — like the Woodland game — one or both may have to played on a Thursday night.
“It’s disappointing,” said Winter. “It’s especially disappointing to those seniors who were looking forward to a chance to play at their home field this season. That is the biggest disappointment for us.”
Montesano’s junior varsity high school and junior high football games and varsity girls soccer contests will continue to be staged at Rottle Field without grandstand facilities.