Sep. 26—With the threat of heavy rain in the forecast for the end of the week, six of Hall County's football programs have moved games up to Thursday.
On Monday, Flowery Branch (2-3, 0-1 Region 8-5A), North Hall (2-3, 2-1 Region 8-4A), East Hall (2-3, 0-3 Region 8-4A), Chestatee (1-4, 1-2 Region 8-4A), Cherokee Bluff (2-3, 2-1 Region 8-4A) and West Hall (1-4, 0-1 Region 7-3A) decided to play a day earlier with Hurricane Ian becoming a growing threat in the Gulf of Mexico.
Storms are expected to reach northeast Georgia with heavy bands of rain by the end of the week.
Yet, four days out, it's still anyone's guess how intense the storms will actually be once they reach our area.
West Hall coach Krofton Montgomery said he doesn't mind going to battle in rainy weather, but knows it would not be good for revenue from tickets at the gates.
"The main thing is you don't want to have a game with 25-35 mph wind, thunderstorms and delays," Montgomery said. "Nobody is going to sit though that."
Already, schools in south Georgia have started moving games up to Tuesday and Wednesday.
West Hall and Flowery Branch were the first to make the decision to move games up a day.
By the middle of the afternoon Monday, six of the seven programs in the Hall County schools district made the decision to move games to Thursday.
That leaves Johnson (0-5) as the only one left with a Friday matchup, traveling to play Lakeside-Atlanta.
West Hall vs. Gilmer
Flowery Branch vs. Clarke Central
North Hall at North Oconee
East Hall vs. East Forsyth
Chestatee at Madison County
Cherokee Bluff vs. Cedar Shoals
Gainesville at Lanier
Riverside Military vs. Druid Hills
Johnson at Lakeside-Atlanta
Lakeview Academy at Bethlehem Christian
Lanier Christian at Notre Dame Academy