San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

September 11th, 2008
Hurricane moves football games up to tonight

By BILL PETERSON
Editor at Large

The threat of Hurricane Ike slamming into the northern Texas coast is wreaking havoc on the local high school football schedule as both Hays CISD teams were forced to move their games from Friday evening to tonight.

The Lehman homecoming game against San Antonio Edison has been moved up to 7:30 p.m. today at Bob Shelton Stadium.

The Hays game against Bowie has been moved to tonight, 7 p.m., at Nelson Field in Austin.

All freshman and junior varsity games scheduled for tonight involving Hays and Lehman teams have been cancelled.

The athletic department at San Marcos High School said this afternoon that the Rattlers are still on for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lampasas.

Until 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Hays head coach Bob Shelton thought the Rebels would be playing Friday night at Burger Stadium. Then he received a phone call from Bowie head coach Jeff Ables.

“Their superintendents office called them and said either play tonight or cancel the game,” Shelton said.

At that moment, Shelton and athletic department secretary Laura Drew swung into action, calling the band, the bus drivers and other game personnel to move the game on short notice.

Lehman head coach Steve Davis said he decided on Wednesday to move his game to tonight.

“I saw that the Texas-Arkansas game was being moved (from Saturday), and the superintendent (Kirk London) wanted us to move our game,” Davis said. “We weren’t going to have very adequate (police) coverage on Friday night because (the police) were going to be busy with the hurricane, so we moved it.”

Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) spokesman LeRoy Opiela said his office favored moving the Lehman game.

“It was one of those things to free our people up, but also to get people out of the stands if the wind reaches 30 or 40 miles per hour Friday night,” Opiela said. “Also, for the team that’s coming (Edison, from San Antonio), if the winds pick up, there could be some 18-wheelers turned over on (Interstate-35) if the wind picks up Friday night.”

As of early Thursday afternoon, Hurricane Ike appeared to be headed straight towards Houston from the Gulf of Mexico with winds stretching up to 115 miles per hour in all directions. As the hurricane veers more to the north than to the west, its impact on Hays County apparently would be minimized. However, county law enforcement personnel and volunteers will be very busy this weekend helping evacuee from more threatened areas.

The Lobos are going for numerous first in tonight’s homecoming game – their first three-game winning streak and their first three-win season among them. Davis is just hopeful that his players will be ready to play after all the commotion of this week.

“I hope our kids are focused,” Davis said. “We haven’t had a good week of practice with all the distractions involved.”

The Rebels will try to raise their record to 2-1 after last week’s 34-13 win against Anderson.

“We’re ready to go,” Shelton said. “We’re in the same boat that (Bowie is) in. The thing isn’t supposed to hit until Saturday. I think everybody is panicking.”

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