Rain shakes up football schedule

Published 11:07pm Friday, October 11, 2013

Heavy rains caused Suffolk Public Schools to postpone football games this week.

A cross-town matchup between Lakeland and King’s Fork high schools was postponed Thursday night, and Nansemond River announced Friday it would postpone its planned game against Oscar Smith High School.

“We don’t want anybody to get hurt,” Lakeland activities director Gregory Rountree said.

The Cavaliers will now host the Bulldogs on Monday at 7 p.m.

When Nansemond River activities director Nancy Richey had inspected the field at Arrowhead Stadium on Friday, she found some places with up to two inches of standing water.

She said when enough rain falls, a layer of water forms between the root system and the soil underneath. While the grass may look fine, chunks of it can give way underneath a runner who is merely making standard cuts.

“It’s almost like skating on ice,” she said.

The Warriors will host the Tigers on Monday at 6 p.m.

“We have a large student supporting section, and we want to make sure they get home on time,” she said.

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