Northwestern and York will play their varsity football game Thursday night, not Friday as originally scheduled.
The schools decided to bump the game up a day because of the threat of thunderstorms supposed to arrive in the area Friday evening. Thursday’s game will still be held at District Three Stadium in Rock Hill at 7:30 p.m.
They weren’t alone in making that decision.
Schools across the state did the same, and two other games locally were impacted. South Pointe, which was scheduled to host Union on Friday night, will also play at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
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Clover also announced plans to move move its homecoming game against Fort Mill to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Northwestern coach Kyle Richardson said that folks from both schools have been tracking the weather for about three days.
“Every day it’s gone up in percentage and then the thunderstorms are, obviously we can’t always predict the weather, but all indications are it’s gonna be around 6 o’clock and kind of ride until early in the morning,” he said.
Scheduling conflicts on Saturday prevented Northwestern and York from playing that day, and while Northwestern could play next Monday during its bye week, York faces Gaffney and didn’t want to play twice in the same week.
Because of the varsity game being held at District Three Stadium on Thursday night, Rock Hill, which shares the stadium with Northwestern, has moved its ninth grade and junior-varsity football games to Castle Heights Middle School.
York and Northwestern’s ninth grade and junior-varsity football games were moved to Wednesday night at 6 p.m., at York. The JV game followed the ninth grade game.
South Pointe’s JV squad traveled to Union on Wednesday to take on the Yellow Jackets in a game originally slated for Thursday.
Clover’s ninth grade game will be at 6 p.m. Monday; its JV team will dress out with the varsity team Thursday night, though the JV game may still be rescheduled.