CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Super Typhoon Ma-on left the Okinawa area Friday afternoon, but it still wreaked havoc on the interservice and high-school football schedules this weekend.

Three Okinawa Football League military games and one Okinawa Activities Council high school contest were washed out because rain associated with Ma-on rendered the events’ fields unplayable, officials said.

Friday afternoon’s high-school contest between the Kadena Islanders and Kadena Buccaneers was postponed until Tuesday due to “uncertainty of the weather,” Kadena High assistant principal Tony Harris said.

“The field’s not in the best of shape, either,” Harris said. “It would have been a mudhole. We decided to wait until Tuesday, in the interest of safety, if nothing else.”

The OFL continued to suffer from the weather. Five of the new league’s nine games scheduled the first three weeks of the season have been pushed back.

Typhoon Meari forced two games scheduled Sept. 25-26 to be called off. Now, three more games — including Saturday’s first-place battle between Foster-Futenma and Kadena — have been scuttled.

All will be made up at the end of the season, said Mike Walker of Marine Corps Community Services’ Semper Fit Athletics, which oversees the OFL. The regular season had been slated to end Nov. 14.

The spate of makeup games will likely mean the league playoffs, scheduled to start Thanksgiving weekend and to end with the league title game Dec. 4, will be pushed back at least a week, maybe longer.

Walker said that heavy rain Friday morning made unplayable the Courtney Bowl at Camp Courtney, the league’s main venue. The decision to call off the games was made Friday afternoon by Mike Desmone of Semper Fit. No thought was given to moving the games elsewhere, Walker said.

Also, a youth friendship baseball day scheduled for Saturday at Camp Foster was canceled due to the weather, MCCS’ Christine Brown said.

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Dave Ornauer has been employed by or assigned to Stars and Stripes Pacific almost continuously since March 5, 1981. He covers interservice and high school sports at DODEA-Pacific schools and manages the Pacific Storm Tracker.

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