Posted: 8:30 am Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Isaac could force Palm Beach County to cancel football games (updated) 

By Matt Porter

Updated 3:29 p.m., Tues., Aug. 28

Tropical Storm Isaac’s impact may be felt by Palm Beach County high schools beyond the two days of missed practices.

Palm Beach County Athletics Administrator Yetta Greene said there exists the possibility the district may cancel or postpone some of Friday’s season-opening football games.

The storm flooded large areas of the western communities and soaked practice and game fields countywide. With more rain in the forecast, Greene said, fields may not be playable by Friday.

Many area fields are waterlogged — or worse, in the case of some western schools — and would need time to drain before they are ready for use. More rain would push back that timetable.

Palm Beach County public schools were canceled Monday, and are canceled Tuesday due to flooding in some areas. That means many teams have missed two days of practice. If teams are unable to practice Wednesday due to school cancellations or poor field conditions, the county may elect to cancel games, Greene said.

So basically, if you’re a football fan in the county, hope for sunshine.

Update: If school and practices resume Wednesday, Friday’s games should go on.

While the district has not announced its plans to hold or cancel classes for Wednesday, Greene said the football fields at many schools are in good shape.

“Given all things, it looks like most host schools should be able to play Friday unless there’s a lot more rain,” Greene said. “Most schools want to play.”

While most of the athletic directors Greene has heard from have expressed their wish to play Friday, the cancellation of school Wednesday would cancel or postpone most or all of Friday’s games.

Atlantic and American Heritage agreed to move their Thursday game at Heritage to Friday, pending a decision to cancel school.

Boca Raton, which hosts West Boca Raton, is exploring moving their game to Saturday to allow for an extra day of practice.

Complicating matters: It’s Labor Day weekend. Were it not for holiday plans (and a potential lack of available referees) more teams would consider moving their games to Saturday.