Change of Plans
NCHSAA adjusts fall playoff schedules
Football season ends a week later
From NCHSAA, staff reports
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors and Commissioner Que Tucker have made the decision to adjust the playoff calendar for fall sports following historic flooding and devastation in many areas of eastern North Carolina.
According to a news release by the association Monday morning, volleyball, boys soccer and football state playoffs seeding dates were all moved back.
Seeding for volleyball moves from Oct. 18 to Oct. 22, boys soccer from Oct. 29 to Oct. 31 and football from Nov. 3 to Nov. 10.
The football season has been extended by a week.
The final regular season contest must be played by Nov. 9.
The regular season conclusion for football was moved from Nov. 2.
Dates for state playoff seeding and games for girls’ golf, boys and girls cross country and girls tennis remain unchanged.
Reporting times for girls’ golf (Oct. 10) and cross country (Oct. 19) moves from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on their respective days.
“The complexity of adjusting dates for playoff rounds and state championships in fall sports are difficult even in the best of times; however, we must do everything in our power to do what is best for the students who participate in our programs across the state,” Tucker said. “Minimizing risk of injury while providing a wholesome athletic environment that supports and enriches the educational experience for our student-athletes must always be paramount in our decision making.”
Hurricane Florence impacted North Carolina’s east coast Sept. 14 near Wrightsville Beach in the Wilmington area.
Several school districts impacted by the storm postponed school for students, which either canceled or postponed athletic events.
The NCHSAA’s ruling allowed for Northeastern’s non-conference football game at Northern Nash scheduled for today to be moved to Nov. 9.
Currituck’s home non-conference football game against John A. Holmes was moved from today to Nov. 9.
As of Monday afternoon, Pasquotank’s home non-conference football game against Perquimans is still set to be played this Thursday.
Camden’s non-conference football game against visiting Williamston-Riverside will be played Friday night.
All four contests were originally scheduled to be played on Sept. 14.