Hurricane Irene forces Florida games to Wednesday night

Cameron Smith
Prep Rally

Most major high school football games take place on Fridays. Occasionally a Saturday or even a surprising Thursday face off might slip into that category. What you don't see are Wednesday night prime time football games … until this Wednesday night, when a whopping nine games will kick off in the Orlando area for a very unique reason: Hurricane Irene.

Winter Springs football team
Winter Springs football team

According to the Orlando Sentinel, officials decided to move the entire swath of games in the preseason Kickoff Classic event up a day to ensure that they would be played before Hurricane Irene made expected landfall in Florida. Among the tastiest of the final preseason games in Central Florida to suddenly find themselves on a Wednesday are Orlando (Fla.) University High at Winter Springs (Fla.) High (pictured above) and Hagerty (Fla.) High at East River (Fla.) High.

Equally notable is Leesburg (Fla.) High's matchup with Jones (Fla.) High, which was among two games which have already been moved from Friday to Thursday. That's because the Leesburg-Jones game is being held at the Citrus Bowl.

Meanwhile, at least one Florida team is refusing to let any weather issue get in the way of its official season opener, even if the weather issue in question is a full-fledged hurricane. Edgewater (Fla.) High football coach Zac Yarbrough said there were no circumstances under which his team wouldn't travel to the Atlanta area to face off against Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High, a RivalsHigh 100-ranked team which currently sits at No. 50 in the national standings. The Edgewater-Grayson game is scheduled for Friday night.

In fact, Yarbrough made it clear that the weather wouldn't serve as an excuse for his team being anything less than completely prepared to put up a full-hearted battle against the Grayson, which had to overcome a stern test from Kell (Ga.) High in its 7-0 season-opening victory.

In fact, Yarbrough claims that will be the case even if Edgewater has to leave a day early to get to the game.

"We're going," Yarbrough told the Sentinel. "We might leave on Thursday.".

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