File photo/courtesy of Paige Lampson Photography

While area teams were unable to play football over the weekend due to the poor air quality, both the Hawks and the Warriors (pictured above playing Ripon Christian one week earlier) will be on the football field in home games Sept. 3.

Smoky air caused football cancellations across the region on Aug. 27, including both Galt and Liberty Ranch High Schools’ games.

Galt was scheduled to play Summerville on the road. Meanwhile, the Hawks had been preparing for their game at Natomas High School. The Warriors’ game was postponed first, then the Hawks.

“It looked like I cancelled Christmas,” Warrior head coach Tim Cobleigh said by phone Aug. 27 of when he informed his players about the postponement. The Warriors had had a quick meeting after school, then gathered in the locker room, where they found out about the game.

The Summerville game had at first been rescheduled for 12:15 p.m. the next day at Erv Hatzenbuhler Field/Warrior Stadium, but the poor air quality lingered, forcing that date to be cancelled as well.

Cobleigh said on Aug. 30 that the game was scrapped altogether, and a game against Amador will fill out the Warriors’ schedule instead on Sept. 24.

The Hawk/Natomas game was taken off Liberty Ranch’s schedule as well but no make-up date or replacement game had been set for the Hawks as of press time.

While they may not have had a game, the Warriors’ Jeremy Freitas received a bit of good news after MaxPreps named his 97-yard touchdown run against Ripon Christian number one in its top five longest runs of the week for California. His run was the longest of the five featured touchdowns.

The Hawks and Warriors will rebound from their unexpected bye week as the Hawks host Linden Friday and the Warriors host Colfax Friday.