North Stanly football game to be played Saturday

FILE PHOTO: The North Stanly High School football team (Chris Lentz)

ALBEMARLE — The Stanly County high school football game that was cancelled Friday night due to school safety concerns has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.

According to school officials, the varsity football game between Jesse Carson High School and North Stanly High School will be played at North Stanly on Saturday.

North Stanly High School has been in the national spotlight after its cheerleading squad was put on probation for holding up a Donald Trump campaign sign before a football game.

A rally was scheduled across from the school for Friday evening in support of the cheerleaders by groups unaffiliated with the school. The school system issued a statement regarding the rally on Friday. In it, the school voices support for the cheerleaders and students while distancing itself from the rally, saying, “We all appreciate support for North Stanly High School and our cheerleaders, however the groups(s) that are planning a rally for this Friday night, September 20t​ h​ have no affiliation, nor are endorsed by North Stanly High School or the cheerleading squad.”

That statement came prior to the school cancelling the Friday game. Earlier on Friday the school was placed under heightened security measures after alleged threats of gun violence were made.