LINCOLNDALE — An unknown electrical issue left the football stadium at Somers High School in the dark, forcing the Tuskers’ season opener against Rye to be suspended Friday night.
The Garnets had just run for a short gain when the lights suddenly clicked off at 8:51 p.m. A near-capacity crowd was at first startled, but made the best of the nearly 50-minute delay. Lights stayed on in the press box and on the school building. The scoreboard was also unaffected and cast a red glow.
Both teams relaxed on the sidelines, and will come back Saturday at 11 a.m. to resume the game.
“The only thing I’m understanding is there was some type of flash across the street … and there seems to be something in the (control) box that popped,” Somers Athletic Director Romain Catalino said after the school electrician was unable to correct the problem. “We tried to replace the fuse and couldn’t do it. Nothing fit in there. It just got too close and I’m not going to take a chance and get somebody killed for a football game.”
Rye was leading 14-6 with 40 seconds to play in the third quarter.
Brett Egan ran 13 yards for a touchdown with 14 seconds to go in the first quarter and T.J. Lavelle got loose for a 65-yard scoring run with 4:17 to go in the third quarter. Eric Silvester accounted for the Somers points, kicking field goals from 38 and 37 yards.