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Pike Road game canceled, homecoming date moved

By Michael Butler

Tallassee's homecoming date has been moved due to a cancellation of the Sept. 24 game with Pike Road. Homecoming will now be the week of Oct. 25-29.

"All homecoming activities, including the parade, float building and pep rally will be rescheduled," Tallassee City Schools noted on its Facebook page.

The Tigers' football opponent on Friday, Oct. 29 will be Carroll of Ozark. It is the final week of the regular season which was supposed to be Senior Night. That will now move to Oct. 22 vs. Central of Clay County.

Last year, Senior Night and Homecoming were both pushed to the final game of the season. Carroll was the scheduled opponent but had to forfeit due to COVID. The replacement non-counter was Bullock County.

Both Tallassee and Pike Road mutually agreed to cancel the mid-season contest. Pike Road was ranked No. 1 in the most recent Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 5A Poll and beat the Tigers 55-0 last year.

"I can't discuss it a whole lot," Tallassee City Schools Superintendent Dr. Brock Nolin said. "It was in the best interest of both high schools. I hate it for the 20-year class having to make their fourth move. We put out a calendar and they made plans. We had to make an adjustment because of virtual days. Hopefully they'll be able to reschedule."

There is a possibility that Pike Road and Tallassee could still meet in the playoffs.

"It would be very interesting," Nolin added. "You can't cancel that one. You gear up and go at it."

The possibility remains for Tallassee to find a regular season replacement for the vacancy on Sept. 24.

"Coach (Mike) Battles and Mr. (Drew) Glass have been on Dragonfly, which is the computer system that tracks all the games through AHSAA. They're trying to find a game to pick up that week. They haven't been successful. They'll continue to look. If somebody comes available, then we'll try to pick it up."