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High school football: What is Plan B if severe weather hits Friday?

Friday's weather could become unfavorable for high school football games.

The National Weather Service calls for showers and thunderstorms lasting throughout the day with the chance of precipitation at 70 percent. With quarterfinal and semifinal matchups occurring then, there is a chance for some delays. 

Last year, the first Friday of state championships saw nearly every game get delayed because a line of thunderstorms that pushed from west to east across the state. The games were all completed after delays. 

Mike Whaley, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association associate director, said the current backup plan for Friday is to wait out the storms if they become an issue. At sites like Noble and Western Heights where two games are scheduled at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., he said if the second game has to be pushed back a bit, then it may happen.

"If we've got them there, it's real difficult for us to tell them to pack up, turn around and go home and that we'll do it tomorrow," Whaley said. "We will do the best we can to get the games in."

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Piedmont's Dylan Hampton looks to get a play during the high school football game between Piedmont and Bishop McGuinness at Piedmont High School in Piedmont, Okla.,  Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Piedmont's Dylan Hampton looks to get a play during the high school football game between Piedmont and Bishop McGuinness at Piedmont High School in Piedmont, Okla., Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Cameron Jourdan

Cameron Jourdan joined The Oklahoman in March 2019 to cover high school sports. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2018. He had an internship with The Oklahoman and Stillwater News Press. During his time at OSU, Cameron served in a... Read more ›

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