As expected, the SC High School League has added an extra football week.
The committee voted 18-0 Tuesday to move Week 4, postponed by Hurricane Florence, to Nov. 2 to create a Week 11. This pushes back the start of the playoffs to Nov. 9 and the "Weekend of Champions" to Dec. 7-8.
The championship games are set to take place at Benedict College and the University of South Carolina.
"The devestations that our community and some of our schools are going through is truly traumatic," Commissioner Jerome Singleton said. "We're hoping that this helps creates some form of normalcy. Right now, the committee is adament about how long we extend the season of football. So we're right at one week at this point."
Schools still have the option of either cancelling or making up those games before the extended week. However Singleton has restricted game scheduling to take more than 4 days apart.
White Knoll and Gray Collegiate, which have byes this Friday, will play their Week 4 games at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The following 7 games involving Chronicle Country teams could also be rescheduled to Week 11 at the end of the season:
- Lower Richland at Airport
- Lexington at Batesburg-Leesville
- Chapin at Spring Valley
- Blythewood at Dutch Fork
- Dreher at Gilbert
- River Bluff at Irmo
- C.A. Johnson at Pelion
The committee unanimously allowed Singleton to contact the non-football fall sports (volleyball, golf, tennis, swimming) to see if the High School League will need to extend their seasons.
Meanwhile, SCISA announced Monday it would not extend its regular season for football. Northside Christian cancelled its home game with Thomas Sumter Academy, while W.W. King played its Week 4 contest at Laurens Academy on Sept. 13, a 36-0 loss.
WEEK 5 H.S. SCHEDULE
(All games start at 7:30 p.m.)
Newberry at Brookland-Cayce
A.C. Flora at Chapin
Northwestern at Dutch Fork
River Bluff at Gilbert
Irmo at Clover
Spring Valley at Lexington
Northside Christian at Bethesda Academy
Pelion at Columbia
Swansea at Silver Bluff
W.W. King Academy at Wardlaw Academy
GAMES AVAILABLE BY MEDIA
(WDEK 97.9 FM & 1170 AM) - Spring Valley at Lexington 7:30 p.m.
www.facebook.com/groups/ChapinFootball - A.C. Flora at Chapin 7:30 p.m.
www.thedove1620.com - Newberry at B-C 7:30 p.m.