South Fork 2A will have 6-game schedule; state
mandates only 100 fans at games, all from home community
By CHRIS HOBBS
The South Fork 2A will be a seven-school conference for varsity football after Lake Norman Charter decided it will field only a junior varsity team.
In a press release, conference officials said schools scheduled to play Lake Norman Charter’s varsity will now have open dates on dates they were previously scheduled to play the Knights.
South Fork 2A teams will now play only six games, all in the conference unless they are fortunate to find a team to fill the open date created by Lake Norman Charter’s decision.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) allows a seven-game schedule this season (due to COVID-19), but finding a school to play this close to the start of the season is expected to be challenging.
The Knights will play their junior varsity schedule. The press release said juniors will be allowed to play in those games.
Football season is scheduled to begin with first practices on Feb. 8 and opening night is currently set for Feb. 26.
The South Fork 2A will receive two automatic bids into the state 2A playoffs.
Having only six conference games could hurt the league. For example, if it had teams go 6-0, 5-1 and 5-1 in the top three spots, the teams with a record of 5-1 would have a lower winning percentage (.833) than a team that played seven league games and went 6-1 (.857).
All football games in the South Fork 2A will kick off at 7 p.m., with attendance limited (by state and NCHSAA regulations) to 100 fans. No visiting fans are allowed. For example, entry is not available to any Maiden fans for the Feb. 26 opener, Maiden at Bandys.
Tickets are $7 per game and must be purchased in advance. No cash will be accepted at the gate.
Fans will be required to wear a mask. Seating will be marked and social distancing will be enforced.
All South Fork 2A varsity football games will be available via live streaming at the league’s website (https://www.sfcnetwork.tv/). The cost is $20 per game per device used to watch the game.
Conference Administrator Butch Parker said the South Fork 2A’s media policy includes no seating in the press box (where there is a limit of up to 25 people) and media will have an assigned area in the bleachers.
REVISED SOUTH FORK 2A
VARSITY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Maiden at Bandys
Newton-Conover at Lincolnton
W. Lincoln at N. Lincoln
Bandys at Newton-Conover
E. Lincoln at Lincolnton
W. Lincoln at Maiden
Lincolnton at Bandys
Newton-Conover at W. Lincoln
N. Lincoln at E. Lincoln
E. Lincoln at Bandys
N. Lincoln at Maiden
W. Lincoln at Lincolnton
Bandys at W. Lincoln
Maiden at E. Lincoln
Newton-Conover at N. Lincoln
E. Lincoln at W. Lincoln
Maiden at Newton-Conover
N. Lincoln at Lincolnton
Bandys at N. Lincoln
Lincolnton at Maiden
Newton-Conover at E. Lincoln
SOUTH FORK 2A PRESS RELEASE: SOUTH FORK 2A FOOTBALL 2021 PRESS RELEASE