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Schedules still fluid after Florence

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D.H, Conley's Antwain Ruffin, left, runs against Rocky Mount during their game Aug. 24.

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By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pitt County football teams canceled games in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Florence last week. A week later, some county teams are once again postponing matchups due to issues arising from the storm. 

D.H. Conley and West Craven shared a mutual open date on Sept. 28, providing a free space for the two to move their game from last week, and now the Vikings have another game to reschedule after the school’s athletic department announced via twitter that their Friday home game with Eastern Wayne had been postponed. Wayne County Schools will not return to school this week, thus not allowing any athletic teams to host or travel to events. No make-up date has been released as of today.

Farmville Central also postponed its game with West Carteret. The school also postponed its game with Greene Central last week, and the two teams are still working on a reschedule date. Carteret County and Morehead City suffered heavy flooding and are working on relief efforts which will keep the team from traveling to play the Jaguars. FC will now have to work to find ways to reschedule both games, which could lead to having two games in one week.

Other teams will be allowed to return to the field and get back to some sense or normalcy after the natural disaster. J.H. Rose (3-1) will still travel to South Central (4-0) for one of the most anticipated games of the season thus far. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m..

Greene Central will still travel to face Washington. The Pam Pack will be collecting relief items such as cases of water, school supplies and other sanitary items for schools and teams in Lenoir and Craven counties, according to head coach Jon Blank’s twitter, which credited the Vikings for the idea.

Hertford County will still travel to Pitt County for a match-up with North Pitt, a game that has been circled on Panthers’ head coach Greg Watford’s calendar since his arrival in Bethel. Watford will face his former team, a program he helped turn around during his tenure in Ahoskie. The Panthers are still looking to break into the win column in 2018 at 0-3, and will face a tough test in the Bears on Friday. 

Ayden-Grifton will use its bye week to prepare to face South Lenoir on Sept. 28.

Nick Stevens of the Raleigh television program High School Overtime explained on Twitter what may happen to teams schedules in the aftermath of the storm.

He said the North Carolina High School Athletic Association sent a memo to schools this week stating that schools which miss five or more consecutive school days must have a minimum of three days practice in football before resuming competition.

In a following post, Stevens explained that he believed the NCHSAA’s plan was in the best interest of player safety, but also left almost no other option than to extend the length of the season. He added that following the arrival and departure of Hurricane Matthew in Oct. 2016, the NCHSAA did extend the football season by one week. Those who were able to complete their seasons on time were forced to add an additional bye week.

The same could be seen now following Florence. Stevens said a proposal to extend the season must be given to the NCHSAA’s Board of Directors no later than Sept. 30.

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.

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