Friday night football in Bay County is cancelled – at least for a few days.
The Friday slate that featured three games in the county – Bozeman vs. Bay High at Tommy Oliver Stadium, Pensacola at Arnold, and North Bay Haven vs. Jay at Bozeman – have all been moved to Monday over weather concerns surrounding a potential tropical storm developing in the Gulf of Mexico.
All three games will be played at their scheduled locations. The North Bay Haven game will start at 5 p.m., while Arnold will kick off at 5:30 p.m., and Bay High/Bozeman at 7 p.m.
Rutherford's road game against South Walton was also moved to Monday and will be played in Santa Rosa Beach as scheduled at 7 p.m.
Bay District Schools released this statement Thursday afternoon regarding its decision:
"Out of an abundance of caution, and given the latest expected weather impacts, the Superintendent has made the difficult decision to cancel all extra-curricular activities scheduled for Friday evening. This includes the Bay High vs. Bozeman football game which is Bay High's Homecoming game. A decision about outdoor Saturday morning activities will be made based upon the 8:30 a.m. weather advisory tomorrow morning. We appreciate your support and understanding and more information about new dates and times for cancelled events will be released as soon as we have it. If you have any questions about the impact of this decision on activities scheduled at your school we encourage you to contact your school in the morning and/or watch for FB updates and LINK calls."
Several other Friday football games were affected by the weather. Two Sunshine State Athletic Conference playoff games – Port St. Joe at Sneads, Franklin County at Wewahitchka – were moved up from Friday to Thursday night.
Three others remain scheduled for Friday but have been moved to earlier times, with Blountstown-Cottondale now starting at 5 p.m., Graceville-Vernon at 6 p.m., and Holmes County-Liberty County at 5 p.m.