The game of the year - No. 4 St. John's vs. No. 11 Miami Central
The Cadets' Saturday game against IMG Academy was cancelled due to Hurricane Florence.
As the East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence's impact, high school sports, even one of the most nationally anticipated games of the season, are put on the backburner.
From Florida to Maryland, games are being postponed ahead of Florence's expected Friday morning landfall.
St. John's athletic department, tweeted the game was canceled "due to the impending hurricane and Maryland's declared state of emergency. As a result, the IMG Academy's football team is unable to travel to DC for this matchup."
Within the last few hours, Washington D.C. Major Muriel Bowser joined Maryland and Virginia and other eastern seaboard states in declaring a state of emergency as the Category 4 storm approaches.
The South Carolina High School League announced in a tweet that "As
ordered by Governor @henrymcmaster, all athletic events and activities
are canceled in the 26 counties
included in the Hurricane Florence region until the order is rescinded."
Forecasts call for Florence to make landfall in North Carolina and potentially stall as it heads inland. In addition to storm surges, Florence could bring as much as 36 inches of rain to the Carolinas over a 24-36 hour period.
North Carolina High School Athletic Association Commissioner Que Tucker issued a statement that said, per state policy, that the regular season schedule is governed by the member schools and conferences, but added that "Every decision should be made with the safety of all participants in
mind. This includes players, coaches, students, spectators and any
IMG is coming off a trip to Las Vegas — it defeated Liberty (Henderson,
Nev.) 35-0 in the Polynesian Football Classic on Friday — and on Sept.
21 its scheduled to travel back to the West Coast to face No. 2 Mater
Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).
St. John's is coming off one of the
biggest wins in school history, and certainly will go down as a game of
the year nominee, with a 37-34 five-overtime
home victory over Miami Central.