Scheduling oversight, conflict with opening of Noble County Fair result in change

CALDWELL, Ohio — With less than two weeks before the start of high school football season, the location of the Caldwell Redskins’ season opener is now uncertain.

The Noble County Fair Board of Directors on Wednesday voted unanimously against adjusting its contract with the Caldwell Exempted Village School District, which allows high school football games to be played on the football field at the Fairgrounds. As a result, Caldwell’s first game of the season against Liberty Union, scheduled for Aug. 26, cannot be played at home, as was originally scheduled.

The Aug. 26 game, which had been scheduled to take place at the Noble County Fairgrounds, falls on the Friday before the start of the 2016 Noble County Fair, which begins on Aug. 29.

Caldwell is still scheduled to face the Buckeye Trail Warriors at the Noble County Fairgrounds on Sept. 1, during Fair Week, and there is no indication that other home games will be affected by the decision.

In an open letter written earlier this week, Caldwell High School Principal Devvon Dettra wrote, “the problem with the game scheduled for Aug. 26 was created by a combination of oversight, state changes to the football schedule and the transition between sports administrators.” Dettra continued by saying, “The Fair Board had no role in this problem” and “There have been no disagreements or negative discussions between the parties.”

In a post to the Caldwell schools’ Facebook page on Friday, district officials write that “the game will be moved to an alternate site and more information will be released as soon as possible.” The post also states that refunds will be made to season ticket holders for that game, when a decision on a new location has been reached.

UPDATE: According to sources, From the Caldwell Facebook page, the week 1 game looks to be played at Marietta College on Aug. 26. Details have yet to be ironed out, more details are expected soon.