No officials, Fairmont’s game postponed

Brad Crawford Staff writer

September 27, 2013

FAIRMONT — Public Schools of Robeson County athletic director Jason Suggs said he’s never seen anything like it.

Fairmont High athletic director Michael Baker just wanted a clear explanation.

The Golden Tornadoes’ Three Rivers Conference opener Friday night against St. Pauls was postponed just after 7:40 p.m. when athletic department personnel from both schools were informed no officials had been scheduled for the game.

More than 100 fans were given refunds after it was announced the contest was moved to tonight at 7. Ticket stubs from Friday’s game will get you in this evening, Baker said.

“I don’t know how something like this could’ve happened,” Suggs said. “A lot of those fans won’t be able to come back tomorrow.”

Neil Buie, the booking agent for the Southeastern Athletic Officials Association, says he doesn’t know where the mistake occurred. According to his notes, Fairmont’s game with St. Pauls may not have been on the season and conference schedule he was given.

“Every athletic director in the area has access to my schedules and has been told to at least go and check them every week,” Buie said. “I’m human and I’m not perfect, but I won’t be able to tell who made the scheduling error until I get home and look at my notes.”

Buie was attending the Springs Creek at Lakewood game and did not have schedules for either team on hand at the time of kickoff.

Fairmont will try and win its fifth consecutive game to open the season tonight at Hal Floyd Stadium. The Bulldogs, led by quarterback Malik Livingston, are 3-1 this season and ride a three-game winning streak into the matchup.

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