Washed out?

Published 4:57 pm Wednesday, September 29, 2010

No decision.

That’s where all of the football-playing schools in the Roanoke-Chowan region stand at the moment.

With precipitation coming down in all four counties, it was unclear if the rainfall amounts would make it impossible for the region’s scheduled football contests to take place.

Athletic Directors at Bertie, Hertford County, Northampton-East, Lawrence Academy and Northeast Academy are taking a wait-and-see approach as they plan for Friday’s gridiron contests.

“We’re still holding out to see what Thursday afternoon brings,” Bertie High School Athletic Director Marvin Rankins said. “If we get some sunshine and the field isn’t too bad, we may be okay.”

The Falcons are scheduled to host Pasquotank County High School in a battle of teams that are unbeaten in the league after the opening weekend of conference play.

Rankins said the field at Roy L. Bond Jr. Stadium typically dries quickly and if the sun were to shine on Thursday and Friday, there would be at least a decent chance of playing on Friday night.

The AD said if the game were postponed from Friday, it would likely be played on Monday, which is not a situation they would like.

“We definitely want to play on Friday,” he said. “If the field is in condition to be used, we’ll play.”

Northeast Academy Athletic Director and Headmaster Russell Leake said his school’s planned contest against Parrott Academy was still on schedule – for the moment.

“Very obviously, we’re not going to make a call yet,” Leake said. “We’ll wait as long as we can before we make a decision.”

Leake said he was hoping the weather would clear out and the field would be okay to play on because otherwise, the contest would likely be moved to Monday.

“Our league rules state that the game is played on Monday unless both teams agree to play on Saturday,” he said. “We obviously don’t want to get into the situation of having to play Monday if it’s avoidable.”

Leake said he would continue to monitor the situation until Friday morning when a final determination would be made.

Also waiting will be Northampton County High School – East Athletic Director Al Bennett.

“I’m trying to keep an eye on the field and see how things are looking,” Bennett said. “We haven’t made a call yet and I really don’t expect to until sometime Thursday afternoon.”

The Rams, who defeated county rival Northampton-West last week, are scheduled to host Gates County High School Friday in another matchup of teams with spotless marks in the league.

Lawrence Academy doesn’t have a home game Friday, but has already rescheduled Thursday’s junior varsity football game against Rocky Mount Academy.

The Warriors will now host Lawrence on Monday for the jayvees.

Friday’s varsity contest scheduled to be held at Rocky Mount is currently still on schedule.

“Right now, they want to play if possible, so that’s how we’re preparing,” Lawrence Athletic Director Robert Kravitz said.

Hertford County High School Athletic Director Charles Simmons has also made a decision about Thursday’s home JV football contest with Edenton. That contest has been postponed indefinitely.

“We cancelled everything today (Wednesday),” Simmons said. “We don’t play if school closes early, so we had to cancel all of our athletic events.”

Simmons said Friday’s contest is likely to be postponed as well.

“Right now, Edenton is indicating we’ll probably play on Monday, but we haven’t reached a final decision as of now,” he said.

The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald will update information on www.r-cnews.com as it becomes available.