The layers of ice and snow blanketed across regions of Texas forced high school football coaches to reschedule and relocate this weekend’s games.
Guyer, Ryan and Argyle moved their respective playoff games to Monday.
Guyer (11-2) and Birdville (11-2) were originally scheduled to play today at 2 p.m. at Northwest ISD Stadium in the Class 4A Division I Region I final, but the call was made Friday around noon to play the game Monday at 5 p.m. at the same location.
“We’ve kind of known about it all week long,” Guyer head coach John Walsh said of the pending scheduling headaches. “We’ve prepared all week to be in this situation. It’s not really a surprise. ... It’s not causing any problems, because it’s what we planned for.”
The Class 5A Division II Region I final between Ryan (10-2) and Cedar Hill (11-2) will be played on Monday at Apogee Stadium. The game was previously scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. at the same location.
Denton ISD athletic director Ken Purcell said kickoff will most likely be at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m., but most likely the time will not be set until Saturday.
Ryan head coach Joey Florence said he would have liked to play on Saturday, but the game was moved for the safety of everybody involved. He said it’s the first time he hasn’t been able to play a playoff game on a scheduled day, but he wasn’t concerned.
“It ain’t a problem,” Florence said. “At this point in the season, we’ve been playing. The day itself doesn’t matter. Champions will play. That’s what we always tell the kids. It doesn’t matter when or where, or what the weather is. Champions will play.”
In the Class 3A Division II Region II final, Argyle (13-0) and Gladewater (7-6) moved their game to Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Waco Midway. The two teams were originally scheduled to play on Friday at 7:30 p.m., but the kickoff time was moved up to 6 p.m. earlier this week because of the possibility of snow and ice.
Those elements forced the game to be moved to Monday in Waco.
“We felt like going further south allowed for warmer temperatures and less moisture on the ground, and felt like that was instrumental in rescheduling the game down in the Waco area,” Argyle head coach Todd Rodgers said.
Rodgers said other possible sites included Corsicana and Stephen F. Austin. He also said he wanted to be as proactive as possible and consider safe travel for the fans and teams going to and from the game.
“People’s lives are at stake,” Rodgers said. “It’s not just a game. The game is easy. It’s getting to the game, and fans traveling to the game and things like that. There are lots of factors to consider.”
If the teams can’t play until Monday, University Interscholastic League rules dictate they would not be allowed to play their state semifinal games until Dec. 14.
If Argyle or Guyer advances to their respective state championship games, they are scheduled for Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium. If Ryan advances to the 5A Division II title game, it is scheduled for Dec. 21 at AT&T Stadium.
Rodgers added that the shortened schedule for next week could hurt teams fortunate enough to advance to the state semifinals.
“I think it takes ‘X’ amount of time to properly prepare for an opponent,” Rodgers said. “We’re not going to be given that amount of time. We’ll just have to survive with it and do the best we can. There’s no other solution.”