Irma postpones public high school football games this week

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High school games

impacted by Irma

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System announced Monday afternoon that football games scheduled for this week have been postponed because of the impact of Hurricane Irma.

The game Thursday between Savannah High and Groves at Garden City Stadium will be rescheduled for a date to be determined. The same situation applies to the game Saturday between Beach and Windsor Forest at Memorial Stadium.

The game Friday between Islands and host Southeast Bulloch, as well as Jenkins against Johnson at Memorial Stadium, have been rescheduled for Sept. 29.

SCPSS schools are closed through Wednesday.

Also Friday, the game between Frederica Academy and host Memorial Day at Garden City Stadium has been canceled. Savannah Country Day will visit Johnson County on Sept. 22 instead of Friday.

Georgia Tech-UCF

game is canceled

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s football game at UCF, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled due to the effects of Hurricane Irma, the schools announced Monday.

Two main reasons led to the cancellation of the contest:

1) Heeding Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s call for public universities in the state to assist with hurricane preparation and recovery, UCF agreed to host up to 1,000 National Guard members and 250 vehicles on campus. That amount of personnel, in addition to the number and types of vehicles, meant that in and around Spectrum Stadium – the home of UCF football – was the best place to stage recovery operations.

2) Many of UCF’s football student-athletes evacuated campus and the Orlando area prior to the arrival of the storm. With UCF’s campus closed through at least Wednesday, there is no guarantee as to if/when it would be able to reconvene its team for a game on Saturday, regardless of where it would be played.

In addition to potentially relocating the game this weekend, Georgia Tech and UCF officials also discussed playing the game at a later date this season but those efforts proved to be impossible due to the fact that the teams do not have a mutual bye week. In addition to Saturday’s game, UCF was also forced to call off last weekend’s American Athletic Conference game versus Memphis with Hurricane Irma approaching Florida.

“We are in complete agreement with the decision to cancel Saturday’s game,” said Georgia Tech director of athletics Todd Stansbury, who served as UCF’s A.D. from 2012-15. “While we’re disappointed for both teams’ student-athletes, coaches and fans, recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma should be and is the top priority for UCF and the entire state of Florida at this time. We wish them the very best in their recovery efforts and look forward to meeting on the gridiron down the road.”

Georgia Tech returns to action Sept. 23 when it opens Atlantic Coast Conference play versus Pittsburgh. Kickoff is set for 12:20 p.m. on the ACC Network.

Jaguars confirm WR

Robinson out for season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have confirmed that receiver Allen Robinson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Robinson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the season opener at Houston on Sunday.

Coach Doug Marrone says “it’s obviously a blow.”

Robinson landed awkwardly on his left knee while making a catch in the first quarter of a 29-7 victory against the Texans.

Robinson, who made the Pro Bowl in 2015 following a 1,400-yard, 14-touchdown campaign, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and looking for a long-term deal. A second-round pick from Penn State in 2014, Robinson has 202 catches for 2,848 yards and 22 touchdowns.

Indiana will host

GS at 3:30 p.m.

STATESBORO — The Big Ten Conference announced Monday the start times for the Sept. 23 games, including Georgia Southern’s tilt at Indiana. The Eagles and Hoosiers will kick off at 3:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

Georgia Southern (0-2) and Indiana (1-1) have never met in football. GS is off this Saturday while Indiana will host FIU.

UGA game Sept. 23

slated for 7 p.m.

ATHENS — The Sept. 23 football game between Georgia and Mississippi State in Athens will kick off at 7 p.m. and be televised by ESPN.

This will be Georgia’s second appearance on ESPN this season. ESPN televised Georgia’s season-opening victory over Appalachian State.

The Bulldogs’ all-time record on ESPN is 40-31-1.

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