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It’s been a high school varsity football season defined by weather interruptions and postponements.
While fast-moving through The Wilson Times readership area, the remnants of Hurricane Michael were successful in providing their own contribution to the rescheduling hodgepodge.
Due to “a high volume of power outages” in Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools caused by Michael’s intrusion, classes were not held in the school system Friday. As a result, after-school activities could not be held, forcing three games involving area teams to another date. That trio of contests includes Rocky Mount at Hunt, Southern Nash at Northern Nash and SouthWest Edgecombe at Nash Central.
Hunt (4-2, 1-0 Big East), scheduled to observe its Homecoming festivities against the Gryphons (4-0, 1-0), has moved the game to Saturday at 7 p.m. inside Warrior Stadium.
SW Edgcombe (5-1, 1-0 EPC), which was to travel to Nash Central (2-4, 0-1 EPC) on Friday, will now do so Monday evening at 7.
The biggest implications going forward may be felt by Southern Nash (5-0, 1-0 Big East), which has now moved its game with Northern Nash (3-3, 0-1 Big East) to the extra week of Nov. 9 permitted by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
This move will likely leave the Firebirds, ranked No. 5 in the latest Associated Press 3-A poll, with nine games played at the end of the regular season, while eliminating the opportunity to play Jacksonville White Oak on Nov. 9. A suspended game against defending NCHSAA 4-AA champion Wake Forest, in which the Firebirds trailed 14-10 in the first quarter when lightning suspended play on Sept. 27, is not likely to be made up.