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High school football: Seven Hall County schools move games to Thursday in anticipation of bad weather
Flowery Branch's Myles Ivey (7) runs in for a touchdown against St. Pius X on Friday in Flowery Branch. Photo by Paul Sasso MV Photo Concepts

With the threat of heavy rain in the forecast for the end of the week, seven of Hall County’s football programs have moved games up to Thursday. 

On Monday, Flowery Branch (2-3, 0-1 Region 8-5A), North Hall (2-3, 2-1 Region 8-4A), East Hall (2-3, 0-3 Region 8-4A), Chestatee (1-4, 1-2 Region 8-4A), Cherokee Bluff (2-3, 2-1 Region 8-4A) and West Hall (1-4, 0-1 Region 7-3A) decided to play a day earlier with Hurricane Ian becoming a growing threat in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Then on Tuesday, Johnson (0-5) moved its game against Lakeside-Atlanta to Thursday. Kickoff is 5:15 p.m. at Adams Stadium. 

Storms are expected to reach northeast Georgia with heavy bands of rain by the end of the week.

Yet, four days out, it’s still anyone’s guess how intense the storms will actually be once they reach our area. 

West Hall coach Krofton Montgomery said he doesn’t mind going to battle in rainy weather, but knows it would not be good for revenue from tickets at the gates. 

“The main thing is you don’t want to have a game with 25-35 mph wind, thunderstorms and delays,” Montgomery said. “Nobody is going to sit though that.”

Already, schools in south Georgia have started moving games up to Tuesday and Wednesday. 

West Hall and Flowery Branch were the first to make the decision to move games up a day. 

By the middle of the afternoon Monday, six of the seven programs in the Hall County schools district made the decision to move games to Thursday. 

Gainesville, Lakeview Academy, Riverside Military and Lanier Christian still have games planned for Friday. 

Thursday's games

Johnson vs. Lakeside-Atlanta, 5:15 p.m.

West Hall vs. Gilmer, 7:30 p.m.

Flowery Branch vs. Clarke Central, 7:30 p.m.

North Hall at North Oconee, 7:30 p.m.

East Hall vs. East Forsyth, 7:30 p.m.

Chestatee at Madison County, 7:30 p.m.

Cherokee Bluff vs. Cedar Shoals, 7:30 p.m.

Friday's games

Gainesville at Lanier, 7:30 p.m.

Riverside Military vs. Druid Hills, 7:30 p.m.

Lakeview Academy at Bethlehem Christian, 7:30 p.m.

Lanier Christian at Notre Dame Academy, 7:30 p.m.

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