Stratford moves football game to Goodpasture

Stratford moves football game to Goodpasture

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Stratford moves football game to Goodpasture

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It’s only a 6 mile drive from Goodpasture to Stratford.

Stratford head coach Maurice Fitzgerald talks with his players before a high school football game against Marshall County High School on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.

Stratford head coach Maurice Fitzgerald talks with his players before a high school football game against Marshall County High School on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.

However, that trek will go in the opposite direction on Friday evening as the location of the football game between the two schools has been moved to Goodpasture.

The change happened as a result of field conditions.

“Sports are dangerous enough as it is,” Spartan head coach Maurice Fitzgerald said. “It was the administration’s decision to get it done. They (Goodpasture) were nice enough. I know they were happy. They’re good people. They have to do some rearranging. It’s everybody working together.”

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The decision was made on Friday morning.

“It’s been an issue,” Fitzgerald said. “The last few days, we were hoping the sod would catch, and it didn’t. Hopefully, it will be ready in a couple of weeks. It’s just for the safety of the kids.”

Stratford (7-0, 3-0 in 5-3A) actually had six home games scheduled for this season. Friday’s game was supposed to be the first of three consecutive home games to conclude the regular season.

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Instead, it becomes a sixth home game for Goodpasture (5-1, 2-0), which has played four of its last five contests on the road.

“You would like to play at home,” Fitzgerald said. “We have homecoming in two weeks (against Whites Creek).

“I don’t think it matters to us. We didn’t have a (preseason) scrimmage on our field as construction was getting done. We went to Clarksville three times in the summer (for scrimmages). Playing on the road doesn’t affect us one way or the other. They’re a good team. I would rather play at home, but it is what it is.”

Reach Craig Harris at 615-259-8238 and on Twitter @CHTennessean

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