Joe Davidson

Heat, smoke force postponement of high school football games

Grant High players take their field for their season opener against Burbank on Friday August 28, 2015.
Grant High players take their field for their season opener against Burbank on Friday August 28, 2015. Special to The Beeb

Three football teams in The Sacramento Bee’s Top 20 won’t play tonight because of poor air quality related to the Butte Fire and extreme heat in the Central Valley.

No. 2 Grant was en route to Fresno to play Bullard, which is ranked No. 2 by The Fresno Bee, when Bullard officials contacted Pacers defensive coordinator and athletic director Carl Reed, urging postponement of the game scheduled for McLane Stadium because of poor air quality exacerbated by high temperatures.

The game has been moved to Saturday night at Grant’s Rutherford Stadium.

Bullard officials suggested playing the much-anticipated nonleague game Saturday night in Fresno, but Reed said there would be no busing available through the Twin Rivers Unified School District.

Bullard and Grant coaches and school officials already had agreed Thursday afternoon to cancel the junior varsity game, which would have been played at the hottest point of the day.

No. 17 Bear River canceled its home game in Lake of the Pines against Argonaut because of air quality, and it could be rescheduled for Monday.

No. 20 Capital Christian’s game against Amador High in Sutter Creek was pushed back to Monday at Capital Christian. Some Amador players had to evacuate their homes Thursday.

Ticket and snack bar revenue will be donated to Amador families needing relief, Capital Christian coach Phil Grams said.

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