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High School Football To Be Played On Friday Night

Posted September 14, 2001 10:25 a.m. EDT

— At a time when nearly all college and pro sporting events have been postponed, North Carolina's high schools have made the decision to press on with their athletic competitions. There will be high school football Friday night across the state of North Carolina.

For a few moments at East Millbrook Middle School Thursday afternoon, life tried to return to normal as a football game took place.

"You come into a situation like this where, for a few minutes, I'm able to get my mind off of it, smile and have a good time," says Wake County athletic director Billy Guthrie.

Nearly all area high schools plan to play their football games as scheduled Friday night. Many will offer fans a chance to observe a moment of silence before the games.

"Everyone has been through so much this week as far as mental anguish. and the pictures in your head. Hopefully, [Friday] night will be a time for people to come out and root for their kids or root for their neighbors and just have a fun time at the ballpark and forget about what is going on," says Clarence Inscore of Millbrook High School.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association says it's up to the individual school to determine how to handle Friday night's games.

Football Friday still plans to air at 11:30 p.m. on WRAL-TV5.