Nease, Bartram Trail reschedule this week’s football games; others are up in the air

Nease and Ed White have moved their football game this week to Monday. Bartram Trail’s game with Oakleaf has been rescheduled for Oct. 6. Other St. Johns County football games are up in the air days after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the state.

 

The St. Johns County School District had canceled school and all related activities from last Friday through today. It is scheduled to make a final decision at noon today on whether schools will be in session Thursday.

Most teams don’t want to play their regularly scheduled games on Friday after just one day of practice this week.

Nease will play at Ed White in Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Monday in a District 4-6A game and then turn around and play Creekside on Friday, Sept. 22.

Bartram Trail and Oakleaf both have the same bye week and will meet in a District 3-7A game at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Bartram.

St. Augustine and Flagler Palm Coast have talked since last week about possibly moving their game up a day to Saturday evening at FPC.

Both schools lost their games last week, although St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra could reschedule.

“We can’t make any firm plans until we’re back in school,” St. Augustine coach Brian Braddock said. “Even two days of practice (Thursday and Friday) before a game is ambitious, but it’s important to us to play the game and move on. If we’re going to play this game we have to get it in this week.”

The Florida High School Athletic Association is allowing teams around the state to practice this Sunday to help teams get their games in.

Nease coach Tim Krause said the Panthers might use that extra day.

“We’re going to practice Thursday (if school is back in session), Friday and Saturday,” Krause said. “Sunday evening we may do something different, get our work in and then maybe have a cookout for the families, so it won’t be a stressful thing. We’ll see if we can make it work.”

Creekside coach Sean McIntyre said he would like to play Friday’s game with Episcopal as scheduled if schools are open Thursday.

“We’re planning to practice Friday anyway,” McIntyre said. “It would be one day of practice for both teams. It’s Week 4, so we both have our base stuff in. We want to get everything back on track for our kids and our community.”

St. Joseph students are scheduled to return to school Thursday. Coach Brannon Tidwell said on Tuesday he was waiting to hear from Gainesville Oak Hall about the status of their North Florida Football Conference game scheduled for Friday in Gainesville. Playing Monday, with the Flashes’ home opener scheduled for Sept. 22, is not an option, Tidwell said.

“We’re not in position to play Monday-Friday,” Tidwell said. “We don’t have the numbers or enough time in the weight room. We’re running out of bodies now.”

Playing Monday is an option for Ponte Vedra, which has a District 4-5A game scheduled Friday at Westside. Menendez also has a district game on the schedule Friday. The Falcons are scheduled to host Baker County in a District 5-5A contest. Menendez coach Patrick Turner said the game will not be played Friday, but an alternative had not been decided as of Tuesday.

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind has canceled classes through the week, so for the third time in three games, the Dragons, who were scheduled to play Thursday against Merritt Island Christian, will have to reschedule.

 

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