Despite the threat of heavy rain and thunderstorms on Friday and other school districts across Dallas-Forth Worth deciding to move up game night to Thursday, the Waxahachie and Red Oak game will remain at its regularly scheduled date, but not regularly scheduled time.
Waxahachie Independent School District, as of 8 a.m. on Thursday, decided the Indians will face the Hawks at 6 p.m. on Friday at Billy Goodloe Stadium instead of the previously scheduled 7 p.m. reported on Wednesday.
As of Wednesday morning, Waxahachie ISD athletic officials had not made a decision on whether to move the game, but as of that afternoon, the decision was final. As of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Ellis County had an 60 percent chance of thunderstorms throughout Friday, and that chance is expected to increase to 80 percent that night, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
Waxahachie Independent School District moved the freshmen and junior varsity football games to Wednesday for the same reason, but the threat of thunderstorms was at least 50 percent less, according to the weather service.
“It's always because of lightning. Rain is a bad reason to move a game,” Waxahachie athletic director Greg Reed said. “Moving a game because of rain is probably not such a good idea, but moving a game because of the threat of a lot of thunderstorms that are going to delay your game hours at a time is a great idea.”
Reed said the weather and the Ennis coin flip were big reasons for the decision to potentially move the game up to Thursday rather than back to Saturday or Monday, but the future impact on the schedules played a substantial part.
“I think people would rather move it up because if you don't, you're losing days, ” Reed said. “It starts affecting officials, too. If you start bumping officials – some who are college officials – that were scheduled Friday and are on crews that are scheduled to work a collegiate game on Saturday, you get into another set of issues.”
Adding to the complex equation, stadiums are used by school districts that have multiple schools and those districts layer game times depending on the size of the district and the school's official chapter.
“You can't make changes like that without it affecting other schools,” Reed said. “It's a domino affect. The best thing to do is to keep the game right where it is and I believe, if capable, and it's what works for your scenario, moving up a day is best.”
With precautions made, both WISD and Red Oak ISD are keeping its brands of football under friday night lights this week.