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Thursday’s opening night prep football schedule; weather changes

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For prep football fans and players this is an exciting time of year. A Charlotte Observer roundtable with Langston Wertz, Mallard Creek head coach Mike Palmieri, former coach Sam Greiner and Jay Edwards discuss what this time of season means.

For most schools in the Observer’s coverage area, Friday marks the start of the high school football season.

Or does it?

The National Weather Service is calling for a 70 percent chance of rain during the day Friday in Charlotte and a 50 percent chance Friday night, with a chance of evening thunderstorms. Whenever there is lightning spotted, teams and fans must clear fields for 30 minutes.

Last season, a season-opening game between Mallard Creek and Dutch Fork at Memorial Stadium was canceled due to lightning. The teams are set to meet in Columbia Friday night at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

The forecast for Columbia? A 60 percent chance of rain with showers and thunderstorms likely.

Already some teams are moving games to Thursday, where the forecast is more favorable. In eastern N.C., Elizabeth City Northeastern and Greenville Conley moved up to Thursday.

Locally, four games are being moved so far: Winston-Salem Quality Education at Pine Lake Prep; South Rowan at Carson; Columbia’s C.A. Johnson; and Aiken at Chester. All four will kick off Thursday at 7.

The big Charlotte Kickoff Night event is also scheduled for Thursday at the Matthews Sportsplex. At 5 p.m., Charlotte Christian plays Sun Valley. At 8, Butler plays Hough. But there’s a chance of storms for Thursday night in the Charlotte-area as well.

One non-weather related change. Charlotte Latin’s opponent has changed for Friday. The Hawks were scheduled to play St. Stephens (SC) Timberland. They will now play the Greensboro Panthers Friday night at 7:30 at home.

Complete area schedule

Thursday, Aug. 22

Charlotte Kickoff Night

(at Matthews Sportsplex)

Charlotte Christian vs. Indian Trail Sun Valley, 5

Butler vs. Hough, 8

N.C. nonconference

South Rowan at China Grove Carson, 7

Winston-Salem Quality Education at Mooresville Pine Lake Prep, 7

S.C. nonconference

Aiken at Chester, 7

Columbia C.A Johnson at Great Falls, 7

Columbia Keenan at Columbia

Lake City at Florence Wilson

Friday, Aug. 23

(all kickoffs at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted)

Southern Piedmont 1A

Christ the King at Cherryville

Mecklenburg nonconference

Ardrey Kell at Weddington

Charlotte Country Day at Darlington (SC) Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate

Commonwealth Charter at Mooresboro Thomas Jefferson Academy

Community School of Davidson at North Moore

East Mecklenburg at Providence, 7

Greensboro Panthers at Charlotte Latin

Hopewell at Harding, 7

Independence at North Mecklenburg, 7

Lake Norman Charter at Southlake Christian

Mallard Creek at Irmo (SC) Dutch Fork

North Raleigh Christian at Hickory Grove Christian

Olympic at Myers Park, 7

Providence Day at Metrolina Christian, 7

South Mecklenburg at Charlotte Catholic

SouthLake Christian at Lake Norman Charter, 7

Vance at Berry Academy, 7

West Charlotte at Garinger, 7

West Mecklenburg at Rocky River, 7

N.C. nonconference

Alexander Central at Lenoir Hibriten

Alleghany County at North Surry

Anson County at Monroe

Ashe County at Avery County

Bakersville Mitchell County at Asheville Erwin

Belmont South Point at Boiling Springs Crest

Black Mountain Owen at East Henderson

Boonville Starmount at Mount Airy

Brevard at Burnsville Mountain Heritage

Cary Green Hope at Gastonia Ashbrook

Cabarrus Warriors at Bakersville Mitchell County

Catawba Bandys at Hickory St. Stephens

Central Davidson at Winston-Salem Bishop McGuiness

Claremont Bunker Hill at Newton-Conover

Clayton at Richmond Senior

Concord at Southern Pines Pinecrest

Concord Cox Mill at Lake Norman

Concord Jay M. Robinson at Mount Pleasant

East Bend Forbush at West Wilkes

East Davidson at Franklinville Providence Grove

East Rowan at North Stanly

East Rutherford at West Henderson

East Wilkes at East Surry

Eastern Randolph at Chatham Central

Elkin at Surry Central

Fairmont at Marshville Forest Hills

Fayetteville Britt at Hope Mills South View

Fayetteville Pine Forest at Pembroke Purnell Swett

Fayetteville Terry Sanford at Lumberton

Fayetteville Trinity Christian at Indian Trail Metrolina Christian

Fayetteville Westover at Fayetteville Seventy-First

Forest City Chase at Bessemer City

Gastonia Highland Tech at East Burke

Harrisburg Hickory Ridge at Central Cabarrus

Hickory Hawks vs. Chester (VA) Life Christian, at Lenoir-Rhyne Univ.

Kernersville Glenn at Ledford

Lawndale Burns vs. Kings Mountain at Gardner-Webb

Lincolnton at Cramerton Stuart Cramer

Maiden at Newton Foard

Marion McDowell at R-S Central

Marshall Madison County at Winston-Salem Carver

Marvin Ridge at Indian Trail Porter Ridge

Midway Oak Grove at Trinity

Montgomery Central at Cameron Union Pines

Morganton Patton at North Buncombe

North Davidson at Winston-Salem Parkland

North Forsyth at North Wilkes

North Gaston at East Gaston

Northwest Cabarrus at Gastonia Forestview

Polk County at Cherokee

Raeford Hoke County at Southern Lee

Salisbury at North Rowan

Skyland Roberson at Boone Watauga

South Davidson at North Stokes

Southeast Guilford at Scotland County

Southwestern Randolph at South Stanly

Statesville at Hickory

Thomasville at Albemarle

Unionville Piedmont at West Stanly

Valdese Draughn at West Lincoln

Walkertown at Lexington

Waxhaw Cuthbertson at South Iredell

West Caldwell at South Caldwell

West Davidson at Trinity Wheatmore

West Iredell at Winston-Salem Atkins

West Rowan at Mooresville

Wilkes Central at North Iredell

Winston-Salem Prep at Asheville School, 6:30


Carolina Bearcats at Fort Mill Catawba Ridge

Havelock at Dillon (SC)

Johns Island (GA) at Winnsboro Fairfield Central

S.C. nonconference

Aiken at Chester

Blacksburg at Lancaster Buford

Blythewood Westwood at Luguff-Elgin

Camden at Kershaw North Central

Columbia Ridge View at Blythewood

Darlington at Cheraw

East Clarendon at Timmonsville

Indian Land at Lancaster

Kershaw Andrew Jackson at McBee

Lamar at Hemingway

Lexington River Bluff at Fort Mill

Loris at Murrells Inlet St. James

Marion at Johnsonville

Richburg Lewisville at Eau Claire

Rock Hill Legion Collegiate at Aynor

Spartanburg at Fort Mill Nation Ford

Spartanburg Broome at Pageland Central

Sumter at Rock Hill

Wade Hampton at Bishopville Lee Central

York at Clover


Covenant Day, East Lincoln, Gastonia Huss, Kannapolis Brown, Monroe Union Academy,

Richland Northeast

Saturday, Aug. 24


Cabarrus Stallions at Anderson (SC) Cavaliers, 7

Greenwood (SC) Raptors at Rabun Gap (GA)-Nacoochee, 4

Rock Hill Carolina Crusaders vs. Tennessee Silverbacks, at York High, 3:30

Rock Hill South Pointe at Rock Hill Northwestern, 7