Waverly Central High School Football Complex – which includes its football stadium, sports complex and training ground – was destroyed in the devastating floods that hit Humphreys County on Saturday.
“Our football stadium is destroyed,” said Waverly coach Randall Bouldin. “There is no standing fence. There are dumpsters on my football field – the big aluminum dumpsters. There is nothing standing.”
Bouldin said the football stadium will not be able to host matches this season. He said the concrete bleachers had problems before the flooding. Now Bouldin has said they will need to be reconsidered.
“Obviously, the flooding hasn’t helped much,” Bouldin said.
More than 15 inches of rain fell in Humphreys County on Saturday, causing massive flooding and large-scale destruction. Fifteen people have been killed in the floods and more than 40 people are still missing.
The flood damage comes a week after the high school football team was cleared to play after a 10-day COVID-19 quarantine. Waverly beat host Camden, 51-14, Friday.
Bouldin said that at one point on Saturday the Waverly complex had water up to its chest. This included the land as they went to inspect it lest an assistant be in the building. The assistant had already left when Bouldin arrived.
The water has since receded to campus, Bouldin said, leaving damage.
“I don’t think anybody was prepared for this,” Bouldin said. “I don’t think there was a way for you to prepare for this. It happened so fast.”
Bouldin said he called a team meeting on Sunday night to speak to the team. He said the school’s plan was to continue playing Columbia Academy on Friday as scheduled.
Columbia Academy coach Charlie Lansdell said he had been in contact with Waverly’s coaches and tried to help in any way he could.
Bouldin is looking for an elevated location where the team can train. He said it might be some time before they can practice on campus. Bouldin said he was at East Ridge in 2015 when that stadium was doomed and the team had to play all road games.
He said the team must try to return to football in a positive way for the Waverly community.
“Our kids need to be distracted from whatever is going on,” Bouldin said. “Let the community come together around football and have something positive in the community. But for now we’re trying to figure it out.”
Contribute: Joe Spears
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