Eagles getgrounded‘til Monday

Wet weather forces gamewith Midway to wait

W. Curt Vincent - cvincent@civitasmedia.com

ELIZABETHTOWN — Friday’s postponement of East Bladen’s Four County Conference opener at Midway had Eagles coach Robby Priest looking at it as a glass half full situation.

The two teams were scheduled to play in Dunn on Monday at 7 p.m.

“The way I see it, we get a couple extra days of preparation for Midway,” Priest said. “We take just one game at a time, so right now we’re just thinking about Midway.”

Both East Bladen and the Raiders breezed through their non-conference schedules with an unblemished 4-0 mark, and each has designs on joining the likes of Clinton and Wallace-Rose Hill — both state championship game teams from last year, with the Bulldogs winning a title and Dark Horses as runners-up — in the conference’s upper echelon.

“This (the postponement) is a disadvantage for both teams in a lot of ways,” Priest said. “But we have to play the hand we’ve been dealt. There’s always adjustments to make.”

That hand includes the fact that both Clinton and Wallace-Rose Hill each played Thursday night and will get some extra time to prepare for the next conference game. For Clinton, that means extra practice ahead of its game against East Bladen on Friday.

“Clinton will have some extra time, but I can’t worry about that until Tuesday,” Priest said. “Right now we’re looking out the front windshield at Midway.”

Midway plays Pender County on Friday, which also played on Thursday — a 64-13 loss to Clinton.

Monday’s forecast, according to The Weather Channel on Friday, was for a 40-percent chance of rain later in the day. Priest said he’s not sure what may happen if it does rain.

“There’s no telling what they’ll do,” he said. “I’m not sure if they can play on Tuesday or not.”

W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.

Wet weather forces gamewith Midway to wait

W. Curt Vincent


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