Plant-Jesuit pegged for Saturday?
Contrary to the source-less proclamations dispersed throughout Twitter-verse earlier today, a kickoff time for Plant's highly anticipated season opener at Jesuit has not been set, administrators and coaches at Plant say.
But a Friday night kickoff apparently is off the table.
The convergence of the Republican National Convention and the opening week of the prep regular season has forced the game to be switched from its original date of Friday, Aug. 31.
"I have just been told that it will not be Friday night," Panthers coach Robert Weiner told the Times in a text message on Tuesday. "No word yet on when it will be."
Plant principal Robert Nelson added a date has not been set and both schools are trying to work things out. Jesuit athletic director Terry Rupp wasn't immediately available Tuesday, but school spokesman Michael Hogan said he had no confirmation of a game date yet. Rupp recently told the Times the date of the game would hinge on when the school could secure an adequate police presence.
With the RNC set to end Thursday, Aug. 30, moving the game back a day appears out, which would leave Saturday.
It also would leave much to be desired. Let's face it, prep football on a Saturday is like a tall cup of lukewarm Starbuck's, or an acoustic set by Metallica. The edge is lost.