The effects of the pending arrival of Hurricane Irma have trickled down to the high school.
Both Miami-Dade County and Broward County superintendents made announcements Tuesday that their respective counties will be shutting down schools beginning Thursday and subsequently that all extracurricular and athletic events have been canceled for this week as a safety precaution in anticipation of the storm.
Miami-Dade County School’s governing body over athletics – the Greater Miami Athletic Conference (GMAC) – said it will strictly adhere to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho’s decision.
All week three games in Miami-Dade have been canceled and GMAC executive secretary Dung Nguyen confirmed that they may look to reschedule some games – most likely any district games that were to be played – but that “safety of the student-athletes is the No. 1 concern”.
The Broward County Athletic Association (BCAA) said Tuesday that it would reschedule almost all its week three high school football games for Wednesday. However, the organization announced Wednesday morning that no games will be played this week and that it would consider possibly rescheduling games in the future.
The BCAA also announced that teams could practice Wednesday, but that all activities had to be completed by 5 p.m.
The only South Florida high school football team that may be in action this weekend is Miami Central. The undefeated, state-rated Rockets are set to travel to Nevada to take on national powerhouse Las Vegas Bishop Gorman this Friday (with the game set to kickoff at 10 p.m. EST).
Central head coach Roland Smith confirmed Tuesday via text that the game was still on and that the team would be departing Wednesday by plane for the game.
Traveling from South Florida isn’t an issue. Where concerns would arise is on Miami Central’s commute back to Florida, when the hurricane is due to be somewhere over the southern region of the state by late Saturday and into Sunday.