Several football games have been moved up a day because heavy rain has been forecast for most of Friday.
So far, three games have been switched to Thursday: Lancaster at Rock Hill, Nation Ford at Clover and Lewisville at Great Falls.
Chester is playing Thursday, too, but its game with A.C. Flora has been scheduled for that day from the begining
Why switch, some folks always ask? Can't football be played in the rain?
Yes it can, but you can't blame coaches and athletics directors for moving their games when bad weather is on the horizon.
Money made by football helps pay for other sports and brings in the most funds. So, if it's raining and folks stay away, the take at the gate goes down.
Last week, we announced that the Rock Hill at South Pointe game scheduled for Nov. 7 at South Pointe, had been moved to Thursday, Nov. 6.
Some folks have e-mailed to ask why. Some have posted on our new sports message board seeking an answer.
District Three South Stadium next to South Pointe High School holds approximately 6,000 fans, according to numbers provided to The Herald. District Three Stadium, shared by Rock Hill and Northwestern, holds 9,000, but over the years, there have been larger crowds.
So let's go with 6,000 and 9,000. Tickets for the game are $7 advance and $8 at the gate for games involving any two of Rock Hill's three high schools.
If it's sellout, with 1,500 advance tickets sold and 1,500 paying at the gate, that comes to $22,000 extra. That kind of money will buy a lot of equipment and uniforms. It could be more if fans, like they often do, wait until the night of the game to get tickets.
Greed? Hardly. Practical? Absolutely.
As we reminded one good fellow who asked, South Pointe will still be the home team and Rock Hill will have to stand on the visitor's sideline in its own stadium.
As those who have followed football in this town for years, the home side at District Three Stadium is a very special place.
• MANY THANKS: Ridge View quarterback Jalen Perry is doing an extended stay at Piedmont Medical Center.
Perry broke his leg during in the first quarter of the Blazers' game at South Pointe last Friday. He was scheduled to be released Monday afternoon if the doctors, satisfied his fever was under control, were comfortable sending him home.
The Herald's Karl Lyles covered the game and visited Perry on Saturday morning.
Perry said he handed the ball to his fullback and broke left. The fullback fumbled the ball. Perry said his first instinct was to go get the ball, but before he got there, a player slipped down and his helmet crashed into Perry's right lower leg.
Ridge View coaches told Lyles that Perry suffered a compound fracture, and the bone broke through the skin.
In a message to Lyles, Ridge View AD David Gordan wrote: "Obviously, Friday night was a traumatic experience for Jalen and all of us, and the good folks at South Pointe High and the community went above and beyond the call of sportsmanship to help out.''
He also thanked Lyles for taking time to visit Perry.
• STAR: If you can still find a copy of October's "Southern Living'' magazine, grab it.
Lancaster football player Anna Funderburk, a senior, is featured on page 155 in the "People and Places Spotlight."
Fundeburk first gained national attention three years ago when she and her brother, Justin, a senior kicker that season, kicked extra points in the same game.
Funderburk was featured in "Sports Illustrated'' that year and was asked to appear via satellite on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, an offer she declined.