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Scott County school officials shift focus from Cardinals to Old Man Winter

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The winter storm could impact the state high school football championship games in Bowling Green. As of right now, the games are scheduled to go on, but the KHSAA will make changes if necessary.

Scott County is scheduled to play in the Class 6A State Championship Friday night, but the school is already changing some travel plans because of the weather.

With winter weather moving in, the attention has shifted from the Scott County Cardinals to Old Man Winter.

"What this has really forced us to do is more our focus more to safety issues," said Principal Frank Howatt, at Scott County High School.

The Scott County High School football team has a state championship game to play Friday night, so a winter storm could change when they play and how many show up in their support.

"Of course the forecast for Sunday looks a little troubling as well," said Principal Howatt. "Right now the band will not be going. Likely the cheerleaders and the dance team that we had scheduled to go might not be able to go either. We might just send the football team."

On Thursday, the high school sent out a letter to parents and students, notifying them of what the forecast shows for their travels. School officials strongly advise it's not conducive for their Cardinals.

"There are conditions that adults are very accustomed to dealing with that a 17 or 18-year-old student just hasn't had the experience with," said Principal Howatt.

It's not that they don't want fans to cheer on their team. They do. But a safer way to do that is in Scott County. A viewing party with a big screen will be available for fans to watch the game live in the high school's gym at 8 p.m. eastern time. The principal says the pep band might be there to pump up the crowd.

"These folks are watching the game and cheering them on," said Principal Howatt. "They just might not be able to hear them from Bowling Green."

It's not ideal, but Principal Howatt says he doesn't want the weather to downplay the team's accomplishment.

"We know that win or lose, they're going to be positive about the experience, but we'd really like to win," said Principal Howatt.

We are told KHSAA officials will have a meeting Friday at 10 a.m. to decide whether to move that Friday 7 p.m. central time game to Sunday at 2 p.m.

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