The four athletic directors of Henry County agreed to move the championship game and consolation final of the Henry County Classic to accommodate a potential Ohio State Buckeyes College Football Playoff appearance.
Originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 28, the two games will be played Monday, Dec. 30, with the consolation game starting at 6 p.m.
Holgate and Liberty Center start the classic Friday, Dec. 27 at 6 p.m., while Patrick Henry and Napoleon play after the conclusion of the first contest.
The Henry County Classic is hosted by Patrick Henry this season.
Concern for size of the crowds and the ability for local radio station WNDH to cover the the tournament were the top reasons for moving the second round of the tournament.
“The ADs from the Henry County schools spoke and we decided it was better to move the second day of the tournament so we aren’t competing with the college playoffs,” said Napoleon AD Andy Ham. “Also if the Buckeyes make it in, we wanted WNDH the opportunity to cover the Buckeyes’ game and the tournament.”
WNDH is under contract to broadcast all Buckeye football games in their entirety, including the pregame and post game analysis.
“We don’t want that to hurt the crowd and tournament atmosphere,” said Patrick Henry AD Ben George, who is hosting the event.
Ohio State has not yet qualified for the College Football Playoffs and must beat Michigan and win the Big Ten Championship game to do so. Still, time was of the essence, according to the athletic directors.
“We couldn’t wait much longer than today in making the decision,” said Liberty Center AD Kaleb Pohlman. “Taking the risk to move it was greater than taking the risk to not move it and then lose out on the exposure and the gate and the crowd.
“I think we came to the best decision for everybody,” added Pohlman.
“It also allows the coaches and extra day of preparation, and they always like that,” said Ham.