Hart to face Wayne County on Friday


2,500 tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis

  • The Hartwell Sun
    The Hartwell Sun

The Hart County Bulldogs football team will now open its season in South Georgia at Wayne County on Friday. 

The Bulldogs were set to square off against arch rival Elbert County on Friday, but after COVID-19 cases were confirmed at Elbert County High School, the school canceled the game on Tuesday night. 

Hart County High School officials confirmed on Wendesday morning that the Bulldogs rescheduled to play the Wayne County Yellow Jackets, a Class 5A team in Jesup, about a four-and-half-hour drive from Hart County. The game is also set to be broadcast streaming online at www.nfhsnetwork.com with a paid subscription. 

The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., at Wayne County High School in Jesup.

Tickets already purchased for the Elbert County game will be refunded by bringing ticket stubs back to Hart County High School. 

Wayne County football coach Ken Cribb told The Jesup Press Sentinel the school will allow 2,500 fans into the stadium on a first-come, first-serve basis with $8 tickets being sold through an online app and website called GoFan. More details about how to purchase tickets will be released later because Wayne County school officials said there were technical issues as of Wednesday, according to a report by The Press-Sentinel. Wayne County school officials are also asking fans to wear masks and practice social distancing.

This is the Bulldogs’ first-ever meeting with the Wayne County High School Yellow Jackets, a Class 5A program that posted an 8-3 (3-1) record last season with a second-round playoff appearance. The Yellow Jackets, led by Cribb, were knocked out of the playoffs by Clarke Central in a close 28-20 game. Wayne County’s only regular-season losses last season came at the hands of Glynn Academy in a tight 47-35 game and later in the season in a region contest against Ware County 48-14. In his first three seasons as head coach, Cribb has notched an 28-6 record.  

Wayne County saw its first game of the season, originally scheduled against the Statesboro Blue Devils, canceled after Statesboro called off the game due to having confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on campus and in the community, according to a report from WJCL.