Montgomery, AL – The unrelenting heatwave that has swept across Alabama this month is now casting its scorching influence on the start of the high school football season.
As the extreme temperatures continue to impact daily routines, they have prompted several Alabama high school football games to postpone their traditional kickoff times on both Thursday and Friday in an effort to mitigate the effects of the oppressive heat and humidity. Typically, games sanctioned by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) kickoff at 7 p.m. However, Executive Director Alvin Briggs has announced that teams have the option to delay their start times if both coaching staffs and officials agree. It’s important to note that no quarter can commence after midnight, and all games must conclude by 12:30 a.m.
Meteorologists have forecasted some of the hottest temperatures of the year for certain parts of Alabama, with projections indicating numerous triple-digit figures in the coming days.
The following contests have adjusted their kickoff times for the first official week of the Alabama high school football season:
- Albertville at Arab, 7:30 p.m.
- Beauregard vs. Selma, 8 p.m. (Montgomery – Cramton Bowl)
- Chelsea at Helena, 7:30 p.m.
- Cordova at Fayette, 8 p.m.
- Dora at Winfield, 7:30 p.m.
- Etowah at Springville, 8 p.m.
- Tallassee at Reeltown, 8 p.m.
- Vestavia Hills at Mountain Brook, 7:30 p.m.
- Clay-Chalkville at Briarwood Christian, 7:30 p.m.
- Homewood at John Carroll Catholic, 8 p.m.
- James Clemens at Gardendale, 7:30 p.m.
- Lanett at Notasulga, 8 p.m. in Lafayette (rescheduled from Saturday)
- Priceville at Plainview, 7:30 p.m.
- Scottsboro at Fort Payne, 7:30 p.m.
- Thompson vs. Opelika, 8 p.m. (Montgomery – Cramton Bowl)
- Tuscaloosa Academy at Holy Spirit Catholic, 8 p.m.
- Vinemont at Falkville, 8 p.m.
- West Point at Good Hope, 8 p.m.
- Whitesburg Christian at Woodville, 7:30 p.m.
This article will be updated as additional game changes are reported.