Hurricane Isaac already is having a negative affect on this week's high school football games in several states, MaxPreps has learned.
Louisiana appears to be the most heavily hit as of today.
Doug Tatum, sports editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, told MaxPreps, "They're trying to move all of the games to Saturday and Sunday. It's windy with heavy rain (today)."Check out the latest CBS News coverage of Hurricane Isaac
In Baton Rouge, even the Morning Advocate was surviving with just a skeleton staff. Executive Sports Editor Joe Schiefelbein noted, "None of our writers are coming in. They are not to leave their homes today. I assume we're not going to have any games on Thursday. I'm not sure about Friday. They probably haven't practiced since Monday."
In Alabama, at least two Thursday openers already have been moved to Friday, according to Ron Ingram, director of communications for the Alabama High School Athletic Association. They involve Reeltown (Notasulga, Ala.)
at Dadeville (Ala.)
and Marbury (Ala.)
at Stanhope Elmore (Millbrook, Ala.)
Ingram pointed out that Alabama has a policy about postponed games which states they must be made up on the next available day.
Florida and Georgia both are involved in the same possible cancellation. Pine Forest (Pensacola, Fla.)
was scheduled to play Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
on Saturday as part of the National High School Gridiron Challenge at North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.)
. However, at last report, Pine Forest had elected not to play. Officials also are talking to Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.)
as a possible replacement.
"It was a travel issue - the Florida team getting there," pointed out Steve Figueroa, media director for the Georgia High School Association. "If there are any more (schedule changes) they're waiting (and watching the weather)."
Figueroa, a long-time prep writer in Atlanta, related, "One thing about football, I've seen an official hold down the ball (between downs) so it wouldn't float away. Lightning is a different story. One crack of lightning is worth three inches of rain."
As far as games in Florida, the Tampa and Palm Beach areas appear to be among the most vulnerable, according to Corey Sovers, public relations specialist for the Florida High School Athletic Association. He said that each county has to deal with its own postponed games.