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Friday’s Vance-Myers Park N.C. 4AA state football semifinal is being moved. And here’s why

Vance High football coach Aaron Brand thinks his team still has a shot to win the I-MECK 4A conference title, but either way, his mind is focused on bigger goals, like winning a first state title
Vance High football coach Aaron Brand thinks his team still has a shot to win the I-MECK 4A conference title, but either way, his mind is focused on bigger goals, like winning a first state title Special to the Observer

Friday’s N.C. 4AA Western Regional championship game between Myers Park and Vance will now be played at Mallard Creek High School. Mallard Creek has artificial turf.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials decided to move the game because they felt the field at Vance was too wet to play on Friday.

This is the second time in the now four-week-old playoffs that Vance has been forced to move home playoff games. The Cougars’ first round game against Northwest Guilford was moved to West Mecklenburg, which has a turf field.

“We’re disappointed we can’t play at home,” Vance athletics director Carlos Richardson said. “It’s definitely not a move we wanted to make, but we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do.

“It’s just the fact that we feel we’ve been put in a situation where we have home-field advantage and playing at home is important to any team....We just have to deal with it, not let it be a distraction and be ready for Friday.”

Richardson said CMS officials surveyed Vance’s field -- which was used in last week’s state quarterfinal win over Hough -- and felt the field wouldn’t be playable by Friday.

“Today is Tuesday,” Richardson said, “and we think it would’ve dried out by Wednesday or Thursday. And we had some other things in place that we had planned to do to help with the process, but due to logistics, (CMS system athletics director) Sue (Doran) wanted to make a move sooner than later to have people in place.”

The game will kick off Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Mallard Creek. The winner advance to the state championship game in Durham Dec. 14 or 15.

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