The Mitchell High School football game against Sturgis has been postponed to Saturday, due to poor road conditions.
Mitchell activities director Cory Aadland made the announcement Friday morning. The game will be played at 6 p.m. Saturday at Joe Quintal Field.
Aadland began discussions with Sturgis activities director Todd Palmer on Thursday morning to create a tentative plan for a potential postponement. Sturgis was closed Thursday due to snow and road conditions in the area improved Friday morning, but with winter weather hitting the Chamberlain region, it was decided the travel was not worth the risk.
Both schools preferred moving the game to Saturday rather than Monday and the time was also mutually agreed upon.
"You to try to keep it as close to the date it was scheduled," Aadland said. "If you push it into next week, it really disrupts preparation for the next week. As far as the time goes, we wanted to give (Sturgis) as much time as possible from a travel standpoint to allow the roads to clear up. That was a time that they wanted and I was supportive. My main concern is to get them here safe."
From a football perspective, Mitchell went through its typical final walkthrough on Thursday, so new wrinkles won't be added to the game plan.
Friday's extra practice will look similar to Thursday's and it may even be more beneficial, given the Kernels were relegated to the gymnasium due to rain the previous morning.
"It'll be review and (we'll be) certain that the game plan is clearly stated for our guys," MHS head coach Kent VanOverschelde said. "We'll go into our normal mode of meetings, a walkthrough, a Saturday morning breakfast and we'll know the game is being kicked off at 6 p.m. We're going to be ready for that and stay in a normal routine."
While Friday brought cold air and wind, there was little precipitation in Mitchell. However, the forecast for Saturday calls for rain, mixed with snow at times. The temperature at kickoff is 38 degrees and 34 percent chance of precipitation.
"Hopefully we're prepared with the experiences we've had," VanOverschelde said. "Knowing that this weather was coming in, we had good, physical week of practice knowing that at the end of the week we'd be a little limited. We even knew that the possibility of playing on Saturday was apparent, too. For us, it's just trying to be in as normal of a routine as possible."
The Kernels (3-3) and Scoopers (2-4) are currently ranked No. 4 and No. 5 respectively in playoff seed points, placing extra importance on the outcome of Saturday's meeting. The game will be Mitchell's second Saturday contest of the season, joining the regularly scheduled Aug. 31 Kernel Bowl game against Douglas, which the Kernels won 56-27.