The four Cedar Run District football teams, revved up to play for the first time since Oct. 4, must extend their competition-less stretch to 24 days after wet fields postponed their return to the field yesterday.
The Potomac at Stonewall Jackson and Osbourn at Osbourn Park games will now be played at 7 p.m. Monday. The Cardinal District played its two games yesterday, the teams' first action in more than three weeks after sniper attacks shut down Prince William County high school athletics.
"I'm at school and have the kids dressed and ready to go out and run through stuff in the parking lot and the phone rings at 8:30 or 8:45 and they say the game's off," said Potomac Coach Ben Stutler, whose team was supposed to play at Stonewall at noon.
"The trainers and managers had everything ready to go. . . . The fiasco continues. It's unbelievable. It's beyond words."
Osbourn Park senior quarterback Doug Suliga said there was a collective groan of sorts from the Yellow Jackets at school yesterday morning when they found out their home game against Osbourn was being postponed.
Suliga wanted to play his own game, not assemble with a bunch of friends and teammates to watch the Notre Dame-Florida State game, which is what he ended up doing.
"It was disappointing to be ready for this game after all that [sniper] stuff," Suliga said. "Now after all this happens you never know if you're going to play. You can't be so sure about anything. I figure after all this stuff's been happening, they'd let us play on a wet field."
The revised Cedar Run schedule that was announced Friday had teams playing games yesterday, then this Thursday. But coaches could not say for sure yesterday when their next games would be after the makeups Monday.
"It's pretty agitating to be honest with you," Osbourn Park Coach Brian Beaty said. "But like I've tried to say the last couple weeks, if it's not in your hands and you're not in control of those things, you have to try to stay focused and move on."