Judging from the forecasts, it looks as if the weather is going to play a big role in whether high school football games will be played Friday night.
According to accuweather.com, there is a flash flood watch in effect for most of central and Northern Virginia, including Augusta County, until 8 a.m. Friday. There have been projections of up to 8 inches of rain for the Washington-Baltimore area, but the county could get 1-2 inches.
The rain is supposed to continue into Friday night, putting athletic directors on the alert for potential changes. City/County ADs with games scheduled said there are no plans as of yet to move the games, despite potentially heavy precipitation in the forecast.
Five games are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday. Buffalo Gap hosts Riverheads and Broadway is at Robert E. Lee, while Stuarts Draft is at Stonewall Jackson in Quicksburg, Wilson Memorial is at Luray and Waynesboro is at Harrisonburg.
“We’re going to do everything we can to get the games in,” Lee High AD David Tibbs said Thursday.
Andrew Grove, Buffalo Gap’s AD, sounded just as determined, though he said a final decision won’t be made until Friday. Waynesboro AD Derek McDaniel also said the plan is to play the Blues Streaks on Friday.
Tibbs also said a decision will be made Friday. If his game needs to be rescheduled, it would be for either Saturday or Monday, but Tibbs said that there are challenges on both days, adding that the best attendance, and therefore the most money, is made Friday night.
Saturday games often interfere with family activities or players’ work schedules. Plus, college football can take away attendance from a Saturday high school game. The one advantage this week is that Virginia is on the road at Duke, while Virginia Tech is off. Of the larger area schools, only JMU is playing a home game, against Delaware, scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Tibbs also said there is a Valley District competition cheer meet Monday night at Lee High, but it would have to be moved if any of the football teams played Monday. The athletic directors would like to avoid that if possible.
The Broadway-Lee High junior varsity game has been moved from Thursday to Monday, as has Waynesboro’s jayvee game with Harrisonburg.
Wilson Memorial AD Craig Flesher said his team’s opponent, Luray, plans to host the game. He added that with the Bulldogs holding homecoming festivities Friday, they want to keep the schedule as is.
Luray AD Don Ehlers said the biggest issue at Luray is the parking lot at the football field. It’s in a flood plain and a lot of rain could present a problem.
If the game is postponed it will be played Monday, Ehlers said. Luray has SATs Saturday and doesn’t want to play on the same day.
Stuarts Draft athletic director Steve Hartley was in contact with Todd Fannin, Stonewall Jackson’s AD, on Thursday morning. The Cougars are supposed to play in Quicksburg on Friday night, but heavier rains are forecasted for that part of the state.
The jayvee game between the two schools scheduled for Thursday, has been canceled. No makeup date has been set.
Riverheads’ jayvee and varsity volleyball matches at Stonewall have been moved from Thursday to Monday.
As of Thursday morning though, Hartley said the plan is to play the game. He was told that Stonewall will play the game unless the superintendent’s office with Shenandoah County Public Schools determines that students or others attending the game would be in danger by driving on the roadways.