Isaac may disrupt high school, juco schedules

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

Tropical Storm Isaac is definitely on Northeast Mississippi’s football radar.
Officials from the area’s high schools and community colleges have considered moving game dates to avoid possible rain and wind from the potential category 1 hurricane.
Tupelo’s home football game against rival Starkville, which is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, could be moved to Thursday.
“Moving it up one day would mean less rain on the field,” Tupelo athletics director Danny Porter said, then laughed. “Really, Thursday doesn’t look any better than Friday.”
Porter expects a decision to be made Wednesday on a playing date. Moving the game to Saturday – the kickoff of the major-college football season – or Monday, which is Labor Day, isn’t likely an option, he added.
“Saturday’s not good because of the colleges (Ole Miss and Mississippi State are at home) playing,” Porter said. “It may be hard to get people you need to work a game on Monday because it’s a holiday.”
The annual “Crosstown Classic” between Lafayette and Oxford is scheduled to be televised regionally at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Oxford coach Johnny Hill said a decision is coming today on whether to move the game.
Booneville coach Mike Mattox says there has been some discussion about moving their home game against Corinth to Monday. The Blue Devils play their home games at Northeast Mississippi Community College’s stadium.
JUCO CHANGES
On the community college front, Northeast is scheduled to open its season at home Thursday against Copiah-Lincoln, but that game could be moved to Saturday.
Northeast athletics director Ricky Ford said the state community college association has recommended that its schools move their Thursday games to Saturday to avoid the potential storm conditions.
“We haven’t made a decision yet,” Ford said.
Itawamba is scheduled for Thursday at East Central, but the game could also be moved to Saturday.
Northeast and ICC expect decisions today on their playing status.
Two community colleges games have been moved to Saturday: Northwest at Southwest and Gulf Coast at Coahoma.




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