Rain affecting kickoff time for high school football games

Rain affecting kickoff time for high school football games

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Friday night is always a big night for high school football and the rain threat has changed what time those teams are taking the field.

The Stratford, Summerville game was pushed up a half hour early to avoid the rain.

Many other schedule and location changes can be found here.

John Chalus, Stratford's athletic director says he's glad it's an away game because their field needs a break.

Folks at Stratford High School put a lot of hard work into making their field green; but Mother Nature had a different color in mind, brown.

"The weather has wreaked havoc with it. So it's really taken a toll," said Chalus.

Chalus has been dealing with soggy ground and wet grass on all of the fields this season.

"We played on it last night. It's weird, it's almost like the moon where kids step, there's holes so there's nothing that you can really do but fill it in with sand," said Chalus.

Chalus says they always try to stay ahead of the weather.

He says it all comes down to keeping the kids safe.

"We have trainers that use the Ipad. We have lightening strike meters. They keep us up to date on that, but you know that's always been an issue, the safety of the kids," said Chalus.

This is Stratford's first game where kick off is earlier than normal because of the weather.

Chalus says the away game will give his field a much needed break.

He's just hoping it won't be underwater when he gets back.