"I really didn't know how big a deal it was until I saw a lot of coaches in the off season," says Rome Head Coach John Reid. "They said, "Coach, that was a wild thing that happened to you." Truer words were never spoken.
GPB Sports was at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for day one of State Championship Weekend. It's an event that we look forward to and take great pride in presenting each year, plus this was going to be the first year for Georgia high school football's grand event to be held in the Atlanta Falcons brand new home. Calhoun and Peach County had just finished the class 3A championship game, when I spotted John Reid in deep conversation with GHSA officials. After sliding down, I-75 in a snowstorm and making it safely to Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Rome Wolves were directed to get back on their buses and skate their way back home. The same directive was given to the Warner Robins Demons, who arrived early enough to watch the class 3A title tilt. Alas, two teams with unblemished records seemed punished for being good.
That was just the start as the rest of the state championship games were eventually postponed due to snow. YIKES!!! It all sounds so strange, games scheduled to be played in a stadium with a lid on it getting postponed due to weather. To make matters worse, the remaining state championship games were reset for the next Friday and the teams sentenced to play those games outside. Some, in stadiums that didn't have enough seats to accommodate tickets that had already been sold.
John Reid and the defending state champions were sent on the road to play Warner Robins at McConnell-Talbert Stadium. While Reid didn't like it, he and his team made the best of it. "You just have to handle it," says Reid. "I thought we did a great job. We created a bowl week. It helped us to be on the road, and to be together. I believe we played excellent in the final."