Originally created 09/16/99

Evacuation postpones football game



Hurricane Floyd continued to alter the schedule of regional athletic events on Wednesday.

Friday's Statesboro-Josey high school football game, scheduled for White Road Stadium, was postponed because Statesboro was evacuated. Josey officials haven't announced when the game will be rescheduled, but it will most likely be played on Saturday or Monday.

The Georgia High School Association didn't postpone any Friday football games, leaving that decision to each individual school.

High schools along the coast seemed unlikely to play their Friday night football games because of the approaching hurricane. In Chatham County, which includes the port city of Savannah, officials said they would make a decision today.

South Carolina public schools will make individual decisions about whether to play on Friday. The Allendale-Fairfax vs. Columbia game was rescheduled for Monday at 7:30 p.m., in Allendale; and Ruffin vs. Denmark-Olar was postponed, with no makeup date scheduled.

Savannah State's football team scrambled inland to escape the wrath of Hurricane Floyd -- only to discover that life on the road had its own drawbacks.

The NCAA Division II Tigers boarded two buses Tuesday for a road trip to Tennessee-Chattanooga, leaving three days early because of the monstrous storm lurking in the Atlantic Ocean.

The team arrived in Tennessee at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, but it was no easy journey.

About 65 players and coaches were making the 370-mile trek from Savannah to Chattanooga when one of the buses broke down east of Atlanta, said defensive line coach Toby Peer.

"That's what teamwork is all about," said Peer, who traveled ahead in his own car to make hotel arrangements and had to wait on the rest of the Tigers. "We've just got to pull together, work together and make the best of it."

The Tigers' bus broke down between Augusta and Atlanta. The team plans to practice in Tennessee the rest of the week for Division I-AA Chattanooga.

"We're trying to make a positive out of a negative," Peer said in a telephone interview from Chattanooga. "It would be good to leave here with a victory, go home and hopefully find everything is still there the way we left it."

USC Aiken's postponed soccer matches were rescheduled -- the men against Southern Wesleyan on Monday at 4 p.m., and the women against Lander as part of a doubleheader with the men on Oct. 6. The USC Aiken golf team's Sept. 17-19 match at Topsail Beach, N.C., was canceled, and the Lady Pacers' volleyball match at Francis Marion on Saturday was postponed.

In hockey, Wednesday's NHL exhibition game in Greenville, S.C., between the Carolina Hurricanes and Atlanta Thrashers was postponed until Monday. Travel conditions for the Hurricanes to get from Raleigh, N.C., to the Bi-Lo Center forced the postponement. The game will be rescheduled later, a spokesman for the arena said.

Those holding tickets can get refunds, use the tickets for Monday's game or upgrade tickets for a Boston Bruins-Florida Panthers game scheduled Saturday.

In major league baseball, Baltimore's games Wednesday and today against Oakland at Camden Yards were postponed because of the pending storm.