Spalding, Florida's Bishop Moore hope to avoid second straight football cancellation by hurricane

Archbishop Spalding and Bishop Moore, from Orlando, Fla., might want to stop scheduling football games.

Last year’s game had to be canceled because Hurricane Irma kept the Hornets in Florida. Now, there’s a chance they might not make it to Friday’s game either because of Hurricane Florence’s effect on Maryland.

Spalding coach Kyle Schmitt said both schools will wait as long as they can to make a decision before Bishop Moore’s flight Thursday. If the game is canceled, it will be the third straight week the Cavaliers come away with no decision.

Their season opener at Good Counsel, ended by lightning at 35-35 with less than three minutes left, was considered no game by the Falcons. Last week’s game with Benedictine (Va.) was canceled because of storms.

“I’ve unfortunately become a bit of a weather expert here in the last three weeks,” Schmitt said Tuesday morning. “There’s a legit possibility this is going to be nothing more than a rain event in the Baltimore area. It seems to be trending that way, but we have no idea.

“Last year, it was going to be a direct hit on Orlando. If we were in the Carolinas right now, this thing would have been canceled by Sunday. I don’t want to downgrade the threat of this but at the same time if we can get them up here and play a game, we’d love to. We’re looking at every option, but ultimately their kids’ safety and our kids’ safety is the No. 1 concern.”

The Hornets (1-1) plan to play Friday night, attend the Maryland game Saturday and do some sightseeing. This is their only trip planned out of Florida this season. It would also have been their only trip out of Florida last year.

While a rainy, stormy September has disrupted the majority of high school football games in the Baltimore area for the past two weekends, most have managed to finish, in some cases taking three days to do so. The No. 2 Cavaliers are the only team in The Baltimore Sun’s Top 15 yet to complete a game.

“It feels like we’re canceling Christmas when you’ve got to tell these kids we’re not playing. That’s the look on their faces. I want the kids to understand that we’re going to play all of our regular opponents throughout October and there’s some things in the works for early November. I think it’s important for our kids to get 10 games in.”

Schmitt said he planned to count the Good Counsel game as a tie because it was so close to finishing. That way, the Cavaliers could keep the incredible stats they piled up, including 332 passing yards and five touchdowns by quarterback Austin Tutas and 414 yards of total offense.

Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association officials have yet to rule on whether they will consider it a game.

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