ROWLAND — Due to the expected inclement weather from Hurricane Matthew, two Robeson County football games scheduled for Friday have been moved.
South Robeson’s season-defining Three Rivers Conference game at East Columbus has been bumped up to Wednesday with a 7 p.m. kickoff. Lumberton’s home game against Sandhills Athletic Conference foe Pinecrest is moved to Monday at 7 p.m.
South Robeson coach Clay Jernigan says the decision to play two days earlier was the home team’s call, and that he was ultimately fine with it because it will open up the possibility for them to play on Friday if conditions get bad on Wednesday.
This marks the second straight week in which Jernigan’s team will have to change plans as their first post-Hurricane Florence game against West Bladen was rescheduled to last Monday.
“These kids really don’t adjust real well to change. They like to be in a routine,” Jernigan said about his Mustangs (1-4, 1-2 TRC), who have dropped the last two games.
Being that the Public Schools of Robeson County have canceled classes since before the storm hit and don’t have a definitive date set to return, the players have had to find rides to and from practice. Compounding matters, starting tight end Cameron Werrell won’t dress out because of an injury sustained in practice this week. This adds to an already banged-up backfield as the team’s second-leading rusher P.J. Christian still isn’t 100 percent after suffering an ankle injury in the loss to West Bladen.
Despite the recent wave of adversity, Jernigan says his guys are “motivated just to win.” To do so, they’ll rely on fullback Jamauri Baker who has led the team in rushing for the past two games, totaling 312 yards on 30 carries.
The matchup could seal a playoff bid into the NCHSAA 1A state playoffs. The Mustangs have already beat the other 1A team in the conference in West Columbus.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are looking pick up their first conference win and prevent Pinecrest from surpassing the .500 mark in the Sandhills. Senior quarterback Braylan Grice was surprisingly pulled for sophomore Jadarian Chatman in the loss to Seventy-First last Friday. This shapes up to be a noteworthy storyline heading into Monday’s contest.
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