Title games most likely a snow `go'

Heavy downfall might alter plans, official says

High Schools

December 05, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Despite wintry weather expected for the next couple of days, state high school officials expect that three state championship football games will be played as scheduled at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Class 4A game (Broadneck vs. Damascus) is at 7 tonight. The Class 2A (Aberdeen vs. Potomac) and Class 1A (Joppatowne vs. Beall) games are set for 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. tomorrow, respectively. The 3A game was played last night.

All were scheduled for the Ravens' stadium, where synthetic turf with heating elements below the surface was installed in July.

"We've been operating under the assumption that everything will be ready to go and that we will be able to play the games. It's an all-weather field," said Ned Sparks, executive director of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. "It comes down to whether the individual school systems will allow their teams to travel."

Extreme circumstances, such as a foot of snow, could change things, Sparks said, but school systems have been asked to consider allowing teams to travel, even if school is canceled today.

The team representing Beall High, from mountainous Frostburg in Allegany County, has the longest trip of all finalists but is due to arrive in Baltimore today and stay overnight in a hotel rather than risk coming in tomorrow, Sparks said.

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