The waiting game begins

Wilson teams now have to ‘wait and see’ when games start again

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The cancellation of classes for Wilson County Schools of course means no high school or middle school sporting events Monday as the area recovers from the effects, however minimal, from Hurricane Florence over the weekend.

While Wilson suffered very little property damage, there has been some flooding of secondary roads and, with rivers that feed into creeks and swamps in the county expected to crest Monday or Tuesday, there is the possibility of more. While neighboring counties of Johnston, Wayne, Lenoir and Greene deal with more urgent issues, Wilson looks forward to resuming a normal schedule soon.

“The best case scenario is we get back into schools on Tuesday and we don’t have any more flooding from the creeks and rivers cresting,” Wilson County Schools athletic director Jimmy Tillman said. “But if we’re safe enough to be in school, we’re going to try to keep our schedules going.”

Tillman said that included varsity football games Friday. Fike is supposed to host Erwin Triton while Hunt and Beddingfield are scheduled to play at Havelock and Jacksonville Northside, respectively — two areas greatly affected by the storm. Tillman said that he doesn’t know if either Havelock or Northside will be in school next week, much less be able to host a football game Friday.
“If they can get here, we could play at our places but that’s something we’re going to have to wait and see,” he said.

One good thing, he said, is that none of the Wilson County Schools suffered damage to their facilities. The same goes for the 3-A Big East Conference schools, which consists of Fike, Hunt and all four Nash County high schools along with Franklinton.

“We’re a lot better off than we thought we’d be,” Tillman declared.

North Johnston’s home varsity football game against C.B. Aycock on Friday was rescheduled for Monday. However, with Johnston County Schools out Monday and Tuesday, that game has been canceled said North Johnston athletic director Nicole Davis.

“At this point, we see no way of making up this game,” she wrote in an email to school officials and media outlets.

The Panthers are scheduled to host Princeton on Friday.

Other games on tap for Friday are Northern Nash at SouthWest Edgecombe, New Bern at C.B. Aycock, Southern Nash at Jacksonville White Oak and Greene Central at Washington. Because of flooding in the eastern part of the state, the only game that is likely to be played is Northern Nash-SW Edgecombe.