The threat of Hurricane Florence has started to cause cancellations across the entire region for both collegiate and high school level sporting events.
The Midland Trail Patriots have decided to move their football game against the Richwood Lumberjacks (2-1) to Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in preparation of the storm. Athletic Director, Richard Petitt, said the real concern is safe travel and the safety of the fans.
“This has been the wettest August that I can recall and everybody that has grass fields is dealing with field conditions,” Petitt said.
Although rain may be changing the game date, it is not changing the players mindset. They are ready for the muddy match against Richwood. With this added challenge, it seems to be pumping the athletes up.
“The field is probably going to be a little muddy but were just going to see who can win because only the strongest men can win in those conditions,” said Patriots’ Offensive Lineman Trevor Harroll. “I’m confident in what we have and were going to prepare [Tuesday] and well be ready for [Wednesday’s] game.”
As of Tuesday evening, the schedules have been adjusted as follows:
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. – Richwood (2-1) @ Midland Trail (3-0)
Thursday at 6:00 p.m. – Meadow Bridge (1-2) @ Fayetteville (3-0)
Thursday at 6:30 p.m. – Oak Hill (3-0) @ Wyoming East (1-2)
Thursday at 7:00 p.m. – Greenbrier East (2-1) @ Bluefield (2-0)
Thursday at 7:00 p.m. – PikeView (3-0) @ James Monroe (0-2)
Thursday at 7:00 p.m. – Tolsia (1-2) @ Westside (1-2)
Thursday at 7:30 p.m. – Mount View (3-0) @ Summers County (0-2)
The status of the Independence @ Shady Spring game will be determined on Wednesday morning.