One night after rioting in uptown Charlotte caused thousands of dollars of damage to businesses, Hough High athletics director Masanori Toguchi arrived to find damage at his school Thursday morning.
Sometime Wednesday night, vandals removed two large swatches of artificial turf from Hough’s football field. They also spray painted an obscenity at midfield and spray painted a picture of male genitalia on Hough’s scoreboard. In addition, vandals threw bird seed on the field and throughout the stadium.
Toguchi said he’s contacted a company about replacing the turf.
Hough’s varsity team will play at rival Hopewell Friday night. The Huskies were scheduled to host Hopewell for Thursday’s junior varsity game. That game will be played at Hopewell, though Hough season passes will be accepted.
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“Vandalism on the turf makes my blood boil a little bit, to be honest,” Toguchi said.
He said he doesn’t believe the vandalism was connected to the uptown protests, sparked after Keith Lamont Scott, an African-American male, was shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer on Tuesday.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with the rioting,” Toguchi said, “but simply with rivalry week and who we are playing. I’m not trying to point the finger at them, but whoever did it, it’s no longer a prank. I can clean up paint. But this is straight up vandalism.”
Hough has a bye next week and won’t play another home varsity game until Oct. 7, when it hosts Mallard Creek.