(Dec. 4, 2013) – When North Stafford knocked off top-seeded Massaponax in the 5A North Region semifinals on Saturday it appeared that No. 3 seed Briar Woods would play one final game at home this season but concerns about the weather forecast leading into Saturday has prompted school officials to shift the Dec. 7 game from the Falcons grass field to the turf fields at John Champe High School in Aldie.
Game time is still 1:30 p.m. with a cost of $10 (seniors must pay as this is also considered a state semifinal) and children under 6 free.
The move was announced in a release by Falcon AD Jerry Carter: “The Briar Woods Administration, Athletic Administration, in consultation with the Football Staff have made the decision to move the Region Final/State Semi Final game on Saturday, Dec. 7th to John Champe High School. This decision was based on probable weather and field conditions of the Briar Woods natural grass stadium to move to the turf field at John Champe.”
The current weather forecast calls for rain leading up to Saturday’s kickoff with a 50 percent chance of rain Thursday evening and then 90 percent chance of rain Friday, tapering off to 20 percent chance Saturday. Friday’s rain could turn to a light wintry mix late. High temps for Saturday are just 42 degrees with 10 to 15 mph.
Loudoun Valley, hosting the 3A East state semifinal vs. Northside Saturday at 2 p.m., will cover their field, according to AD Kris Kelican and hope to play at home. The Vikes likely would have an option of playing at Woodgrove High School in Purcellville which, like Champe, has a turf field.