Tupelo football season opener moved due to heat

Aug. 24—Both the location and kickoff time for Tupelo High School's season-opening football game have been changed.

The Golden Wave were scheduled to take on Memphis Whitehaven at 3 p.m. Saturday at Northwest Mississippi Community College. But with temperatures expected to exceed 100 degrees that day, the schools agreed to move the game to Tupelo, with a 7:30 kickoff.

The game was originally part of the Southeast Showcase, which was to feature two games on Friday and two Saturday.

"The safety of our student-athletes is always our No. 1 priority," Tupelo athletics director Jason Miller said in a statement. "With the excessive heat we are experiencing and the warnings for Saturday at 3 p.m., we feel it's in the best interest for everyone involved to play the game at 7:30 p.m. at Tupelo High School. Northwest has an event that night, preventing the game from being played at their facilities at the later time slot."