For the second straight day, the Virginia High School League has made a change to the schedule of the AAA Division 6 state championship football game between Oakton and Landstown.
The game will now be played tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. at Darling Stadium in Hampton, a decision made after a league officials learned yesterday that the original 4 p.m. start time conflicted with the Hampton Holly Days Parade.
On Wednesday, VHSL officials moved the Division 6 game and the Division 5 championship between Stone Bridge and Hampton from a doubleheader at University of Richmond Stadium after it became doubtful the field would be in playable condition, likely worsened by last night's expected snowfall, VHSL Assistant Director for Athletics Bruce Patrick said yesterday. The Division 5 championship will be held at 12:30 at Todd Stadium in Newport News.
The latest change, coupled with the threat of snow, has sent Stone Bridge (12-1) and Oakton (11-2) scrambling. Stone Bridge Coach Mickey Thompson said that his team would leave for Newport News at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, a decision he said his players are "not going to be that happy with." Oakton was planning to leave for Hampton last night.
Said Oakton Coach Joe Thompson: "We were boxed into leaving [Thursday]."
Hampton High is about 10 miles from Todd Stadium and Landstown is less than 30 miles from Darling Stadium. Patrick said the VHSL chose the venues because they could handle large crowds and were "out of the snow belt."
Bowman to Penn State
Suitland All-Met linebacker Navorro Bowman, who missed much of this past season because of a shoulder injury, yesterday announced he will accept a scholarship offer to play for Penn State. Bowman also considered Virginia Tech and Ohio State before deciding to join the Nittany Lions.
Bowman plans to graduate from Suitland this semester and enroll at Penn State for the spring semester. He will have surgery to repair his injured shoulder, but said he expects to be ready for the upcoming season.