Heat wipes out games, prac­tices

Some city, Bal­ti­more County foot­ball games ten­ta­tively resched­uled for Satur­day

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Kather­ine Dunn kather­ine.dunn@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/kdunnsun

The late sum­mer heat wave has wiped out games and prac­tices again to­day for all Bal­ti­more City high schools and seven non-air-con­di­tioned Bal­ti­more County high schools.

Bal­ti­more City school of­fi­cials an­nounced Thurs­day night that they would close early to­day, while Bal­ti­more County of­fi­cials said they would close all non-air-con­di­tioned schools, both for a sec­ond straight day. Both can­celed af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties.

The heat in­dex, forecast by the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, is ex­pected to ex­ceed 90 de­grees by 10 a.m. and hit 100 de­grees in the af­ter­noon.

It re­mains un­clear how the school clos­ings could af­fect Satur­day’s games. Some games, in­clud­ing foot­ball games, could be moved to Satur­day, but ath­let­ics of­fi­cials have a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to make about whether ath­letes should play af­ter miss­ing two days of prac­tice, es­pe­cially with the heat in­dex forecast to top 100 again Satur­day. But some games have al­ready been moved to Satur­day pend­ing de­ci­sions from ath­letic of­fi­cials.

Mike Sye, co­or­di­na­tor of ath­let­ics for the county pub­lic schools, and Tif­fany Byrd, co­or­di­na­tor of ath­let­ics for the city schools, could not be reached for com­ment.

While games were sched­uled in many sports to­day, only one county foot­ball game was af­fected: Perry Hall at Franklin, which was sched­uled for 7 p.m. That game has been moved to Satur­day at 5:30 p.m.

Af­ter the seven county high schools were closed Thurs­day, Ken­wood’s foot­ball game at Ca­tonsville was moved to Satur­day at 3 p.m. The rest — in­clud­ing the only one be­tween two closed schools, Pat­ap­sco at Du­laney — were al­ready sched­uled for Satur­day.

Most of the foot­ball games in­volv­ing city teams were sched­uled for to­day, in­clud­ing this week’s Ravens RISE High School Foot­ball Show­down be­tween Ed­mond­son and Dig­i­tal Har­bor. That game is resched­uled for Satur­day at 10 a.m.

If foot­ball games aren’t played Satur­day, it likely will be im­pos­si­ble to make them up. Bal­ti­more city and county teams are not al­lowed to prac­tice or play Mon­day be­cause of the Mus­lim holy day Eid al-Adha, which be­gins at sundown.

If the games are can­celed, the teams af­fected would have their sea­sons cut to nine-game sched­ules. That change could help some teams and hurt oth­ers when it comes to the play­off chase.

Es­pe­cially in a game be­tween two his­tor­i­cally suc­cess­ful teams such as Franklin and Perry Hall, the win­ner could bank a lot of bonus points. Winning teams are awarded bonus points based on the teams their op­po­nents de­feat, so a win over a team that fin­ishes with a good record means more bonus points. Since only four teams in each re­gion make the foot­ball play­offs, those points are crit­i­cal in re­gions with a lot of suc­cess­ful teams. Some 9-1 teams have missed the play­offs be­cause they don’t have enough points.

Teams in other sports — ex­cept for those sched­uled to play in tour­na­ments — might be able to make up their games, be­cause there’s more flex­i­bil­ity in the sched­ule for teams that play more than once a week.

The county’s non- air- con­di­tioned schools are closed when the heat in­dex is forecast to be 90 de­grees by 11 a.m. the next day

Bal­ti­more City teams did not prac­tice Thurs­day ei­ther. All schools closed early be­cause of the heat.

With the heat in­dex for Satur­day af­ter­noon also forecast to reach 100, Prince George’s County schools moved all of their foot­ball games — in­clud­ing Bel Air at Cen­tral — to 10 a.m.

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