Weather forecast forces playoff teams to scramble

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For the second time in three weeks, a winter blast is headed for North Texas, and it is already causing havoc on some local schools’ football playoff preparations.

With the National Weather Service predicting sub-freezing temperatures and a 50 percent chance of freezing precipitation Friday, and similar conditions Saturday, at least two games have been moved up and more could follow.

Aledo (13-0) was scheduled to take on Wichita Falls (8-5) on Friday at Justin’s Northwest ISD Stadium. That Class 4A Division II quarterfinal has been moved up to 6 p.m. Thursday, at the same location. The winner gets the winner of Ennis vs. Mesquite Poteet, which has also been moved from Friday night in Allen to 6 p.m. Thursday at Dallas’ Kincaide Stadium.

For Aledo coach Tim Buchanan, it forces a revision of planned preparations.

“I told the kids that today turns into a Wednesday and a half,” he said. “We want to get everything done we were going to on Wednesday, but also have to get done some special teams stuff that we normally do on Thursday.”

While coaches are shuffling to adjust practice and travel schedules, for the most part the players are excited about having one less day to wait for the next game.

“It was a cheer,” Buchanan said of the Bearcats’ locker room when the announcement was made. “You’d think somebody hit the lottery in there.”

It’s the second time this season that the UIL football playoffs have been impacted by inclement weather. Area-round games two weeks ago in West Texas were pushed back as late as Monday and Tuesday. The UIL leaves the onus on the teams to determine scheduling for the games, but stipulates a five-day rest period between games, meaning that teams playing Monday must wait until at least the following Saturday to play again.

Euless Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver said he understands that when you’re playing in December, weather is always a potential consideration.

“This time of year, you’d think you’re going to get a game like that,” he said.

Trinity is scheduled to face DeSoto at 4 p.m. Saturday at Allen.

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