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Richmond Times Dispatch (Virginia)


The message on the marquee at Henrico High School gives a nod to the havoc Hurricane Florence already is creating with athletic events: "Games this week: Check with Florence!"

It adds the website to visit for the school's changes.

A lot of area high schools have moved up, shifted or postponed events in football, volleyball, field hockey, golf or cross country in anticipation of the arrival of Florence. The Category 4 storm is expected to hit the North Carolina coast Thursday and bring gusty winds and heavy rain to the Richmond area between late Thursday and the weekend.

At least 16 area football games have been moved to Wednesday from Friday as teams scramble to beat the hurricane.

"It's affected not just football. It's affected all sports," said Rob Welch, Henrico's activities director.

It likely will impact the football schedules of Henrico, Deep Run and others, down the line. They were scheduled to play each other Monday after being postponed this past Friday by a storm.

They won't be able to play again on Wednesday.

Henrico's game on Friday is against J.R. Tucker. Deep Run is supposed to take on Patrick Henry.

If Henrico and Tucker can't play on Friday, Welch said they'd try to reschedule it for Monday or another Monday.

The top football game this week, No. 9 Monacan (3-0) at No. 2 Manchester (2-0), has been moved to Wednesday.

Manchester coach Tom Hall said the compressed preparation time is something with which they'll have to deal.

"They're also going to have two days to prepare," he said. "We can't control officials, and we can't control the weather. It's one of those things hopefully with a veteran group of kids, they're going to come in, and they're going to know the mindset has to be pretty sharp, pretty strong. We've got to get in and get whatever reps we can get. I know Monacan is doing the same thing.

"I've been really pleased so far with our team. We've been dealing with the heat and practices have been limited. It's been like that the last three weeks. This is just another obstacle you have to meet head on and get around."

Hall said he doesn't really have any concerns with a shorter recovery time for players because the Lancers haven't had to tax anybody in two blowouts.

"It'll probably limit us on what we were going to put in this week," he said. "Every coach has a different wrinkle every week. We'll pretty much be basic and do that to the best of our ability."

Wednesday's rescheduled prep football games

Fork Union at Benedictine, 4 p.m.

Churchland at Armstrong, 6

Hermitage at Varina, 6

Monacan at Manchester, 6

Goochland at Nottoway, 6

Matoaca at Massaponax, 6

James River at L.C. Bird, 6:30

James Monroe at Petersburg, 6:30

Glen Allen at Lee-Davis, 7

Douglas Freeman at Atlee, 7

Mills Godwin at Hanover, 7

John Marshall at Prince George, 7

George Wythe at Clover Hill, 7

Highland Springs at Riverbend, 7

Thomas Jefferson at Caroline, 7:15

Huguenot at Cosby, 7:30

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September 11, 2018


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