Northeastern, D.H. Conley football moved to Monday night; Aces, Knights to play Saturday


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Friday, August 23, 2019

In a much-anticipated high school football matchup between Northeastern and D.H. Conley in Elizabeth City, Mother Nature ended up spoiling the night.

A line of thunderstorms in the area forced the game between the two teams Thursday night to be postponed until Monday at 7 p.m. at D.H. Conley.

The non-conference matchup was initially scheduled to be played tonight, but was moved up to Thursday to avoid inclement weather that was expected tonight.

Around 7 p.m. Thursday, both teams and spectators were asked to clear the Northeastern Athletic Complex as lightning was detected near the area.

The same line of storms forced Pasquotank’s home game with Washington County and Camden’s home matchup against Weldon into a weather delay.

Pasquotank would postpone their matchup with Washington County to Oct. 4, while Camden’s matchup is postponed to Sept. 20.

Camden’s contest will resume in the second quarter with Camden holding a 14-6 lead.

Northeastern and D.H. Conley did what they could Thursday night to try and get the game in.

Both teams waited in their locker rooms as coaches and athletic directors from both sides waited in the rain near the field while looking at local weather radar apps on cell phones.

With every lightning strike or roll of thunder that occurred, a delay of at least 30 minutes must occur.

During that delay, no lightning or thunder can’t occur before targeting a start to the game.

There appeared to be a stoppage of thunder and lightning, but around 9:30 p.m. another round of lightning and thunder began.

At that point, the game was postponed.

On Friday afternoon, it was announced that the game will be made up Monday at 7 p.m. in Greenville.

Last season’s game was played in Greenville with the Eagles securing the win.


Currituck’s season opener tonight at Manteo was postponed until Saturday at 6 p.m.

The game was scheduled to be played tonight, but the start of the game was halted due to lightning near the field.

The start time was moved up 90 minutes to try to avoid inclement weather that was expected tonight.

Perquimans is scheduled to face Northside-Pinetown on the road tonight at 7 p.m., while John A. Holmes faces First Flight in Kill Devil Hills Saturday at 6 p.m.