High School Sports

How Tropical Storm Harvey has affected this week’s high school football schedule

Paul Videla

Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to pay a visit to the Charlotte area Thursday and Friday, dumping up to 4 inches of rain. At least six high school football games were moved to Wednesday, and more than 20 to Thursday.

Four games involving Mecklenburg County teams have been moved: Providence Day will play at Andrew Jackson (S.C.) Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Hopewell will play at Monroe Thursday at 6. Also, Garinger will play at West Mecklenburg, and Concord will play at Hough. Those games will kick off Thursday at 7.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools athletics director Sue Doran said individual home schools will decide whether to move games. There are eight games scheduled Friday that involve CMS home teams.

Five of those are at schools that have artificial turf fields: Concord at Hough; Harding at West Charlotte; Independence at Olympic; Marvin Ridge at Ardrey Kell; and Vance at Rocky River. Two local teams are scheduled to host games on grass fields, which are susceptible to damage in extreme wet conditions: Berry at East Mecklenburg, and Providence at Myers Park.

Doran said schools have the option to move games to Thursday or keep them on Friday. She said any games not completed on either night will be played on Monday.

Myers Park athletics director Rick Lewis said he didn’t want to play Thursday because of heavy rains expected and because of the Carolina Panthers’ home exhibition against Pittsburgh, which might hurt attendance as fans will either attend the NFL game or watch at home on television. Lewis said he was planning to play Friday, but if wet weather or field conditions force his hand, he would move the game to Monday.

Football games are usually the biggest money-maker for high schools, and Friday night games deliver the biggest crowds. However, crowds will often slim dramatically in the type of wet conditions expected in Charlotte Friday. But East Mecklenburg coach Barry Shuford said crowds will also be slim on a Monday.

“Attendance,” he said, “is the same on a Monday as on Thursday. But this is not a unique situation. It happens every year. We’ve known since last Friday that there’s a chance there might be a (tropical storm) raining us on this Friday. I know some (non-Charlotte) schools are playing (Wednesday night).”

Shuford said CMS could have a plan in place to have games played on multiple nights at schools that have artificial turf. That would allow teams with grass fields, like East Meck, to play games and not risk damage to their fields in severe weather.

Two years ago, East Meck moved a home game with Butler to Garinger High on a rainy night. Garinger has a turf field.

“With a little forethought, we can pull this off,” Shuford said. “We have turf fields here and if you use them all, over a two- or three-day period, you can play and no one has to play Monday. Because when you play Monday, you turn around and the next Friday on three days rest. No one likes to do that.”

High School Weather Update

This week’s high school football schedule

Wednesday

Anson Senior at Cuthberson, 7

Blackville Hilda at Great Falls, 7:30

Central Pageland at Forest Hills, 7:30

Columbia (SC) Keenan at Chester, 7

Lewisville at Buford, 7

South Caldwell at East Rutherford, 6:30

Thursday

A.L. Brown at Carson, 7

Alexander Central at North Iredell, 7

Burns at Shelby, 7:30

Central Academy at Union Academy, 7

Chase at Bessemer City, 7

Cheraw at McBee, 6:30

Cherryville at West Lincoln, 7

Christ The King at Pine Lake Prep, 7

Concord at Hough, 7

East Burke at Freedom, 6:30

East Gaston at Stuart Cramer, 7

Fred T. Foard at North Lincoln, 7

Garinger at West Mecklenburg, 7

Highland Tech at South Davidson, 7

Hopewell at Monroe, 6

Jay M. Robinson at Hickory Ridge, 6:30

Jordan Matthews at South Stanly, 6:30

McDowell at Patton, 6:30

Metrolina Christian at Statesville Christian, 6:30

Mooresville at Davie County, 7:30

North Rowan at Lexington, 7

Providence Day at Andrew Jackson (SC), 7:30

Statesville at Northern Guilford, 7

Weddington at Porter Ridge, 6:30

West Iredell at West Caldwell, 6:30

York at Union (SC), 7

Friday

NORTH CAROLINA

Berry at East Mecklenburg, 7

Carolina Wildcats at Carolina Pride (at Weddington Optimist Park), 7:30

Central Cabarrus at Mount Pleasant

Charlotte Catholic at Charlotte Country Day

Charlotte Christian at Hendersonville, 7:30

Chatham Central at Thomas Jefferson Academy

Commonwealth Charter at Cannon School

Community School of Davidson at Lake Norman Charter

Concord First Assembly at Hickory Grove

Draughn at Brevard

East Lincoln at Ashbrook

East Randolph at Albemarle

Harding at West Charlotte, 7

Hibriten at Ashe County

Hunter Huss at Clover

Independence at Olympic, 7

Lake Norman at South Iredell

Lincolnton at North Gaston

Maiden at Bunker Hill

Marvin Ridge at Ardrey Kell, 7

Mountain Heritage at Salisbury

Mountain Island Charter at Graham

Newton Conover at Hickory

North Raleigh Christian at SouthLake Christian

Northside Christian at Hickory Hawks, 8

Northwestern (SC) at South Mecklenburg, 7

Parkwood at Cox Mill

Providence at Myers Park, 7

Richmond Senior at Pine Forest

R.S. Central at Polk County

South Point at Forestview

T.C. Roberson at Kings Mountain

Vance at Rocky River, 7

Watauga at Avery County

West Stanly at North Stanly

Saturday, Sept. 2

Carolina Crusaders at Cabarrus Stallions

Charlotte Latin at Woodberry Forest (VA), 2

Monday, Sept. 4

East Rowan at South Rowan, 7

SOUTH CAROLINA

Friday, Sept. 1

Blacksburg at Indian Land

Central Pageland at Forest Hills

East Clarendon at Chesterfield

Hunter Huss at Clover

Lancaster at Fort Mill

Northwestern at South Mecklenburg, 7

Providence Day at Andrew Jackson, 7:30

Saturday, Sept. 2

Carolina Crusaders at Cabarrus Stallions

South Pointe (SC) at Rock Hill, 11 a.m.

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