No. 2 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) and No. 8 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) won’t be playing on Friday because of the impending threat of Hurricane Matthew to South Florida.
IMG had been scheduled to play host to Southern Lab (Baton Rouge) and Aquinas was scheduled to play host to Deerfield Beach. The teams have plenty of company as almost all football games and high school events on Friday on the east coast of Florida and the southeastern coasts of Georgia and South Carolina are either postponed or canceled.
While IMG is close to the west coast of the state and 150 miles from the east coast and presumed path of the hurricane, the game had to be scrapped because Southern Lab had been planning to travel to the game by bus.
“With the impending hurricane and our Governor telling people to evacuate this morning they felt (and we agreed) that it was too much a risk for them,” IMG coach Kevin Wright said. The teams are working on possibly rescheduling the game.
The Aquinas matchup with Deerfield Beach isn’t a district game, so it will not be made up.
While Aquinas has a Field Turf on its field and can handle a lot of rain, there’s too good a chance that there might not be electricity if the game was held on Saturday.
“We’re turf, so we’re fine there, but it’s an electrical situation,” Aquinas athletic director George Smith said. “If the grid goes down, who knows when it will be up? It’s not a district game. We’re just not playing and the game will not be made up.”
That means the next game for the Raiders will be Oct. 14 against Fort Lauderdale, which is a district opponent.