Winchester athletic director Scott Hargrave called it “Mother Nature at its finest.”
“Super hot all day long, and then about game time, it decides to cut loose,” Hagrave said of the pouring rain, thunder and lightning that put an end to most of Friday night’s football action.
Richmond weathered a near 3-hour delay for lightning and rain in its home game vs. Indianapolis Tech and kicked off around 10 p.m. Richmond won 34-18.
The Lincoln at Tri High and Union County at Union City games also kicked off late. Lincoln handed Tri its first loss of the season, 28-20, while Union City stopped Union County 14-8.
Elsewhere in the area, teams were just as patient, waiting till about 9:30 p.m. before making the final decision to postpone action.
“Lightning just wouldn’t go away,” Hargrave said. “The rules say, it has to be 30 minutes after the last lightning strikes and basically, we made the decision to not keep the kids out past midnight and meet our cutoff if we couldn’t start by 9:30. We just decided we were going to come back (today), so the game plan is we’re going to come back and kick off at 10 o’clock (this) morning.”
Winchester will host Hagerstown in this week’s Tri-Eastern Conference showdown at 10 a.m., while Northeastern will meet non-conference foe Monroe Central at 11 a.m.
Centerville hosts Shenandoah at 10 a.m., while in Ohio National Trail hosts Miami East at that same time and St. Henry visits Eaton at 10:30 a.m.
Northeastern head varsity football coach Mike Roeder was philosophical after a long delay preceded the postponement.
“I was not totally disappointed that the game was postponed, because the kids were getting antsy and kind of tired just waiting to see if we were going to be able to play, so it was probably best for the kids that we didn’t play,” he said.
“It will be something different for us, because we haven’t played a game in the morning, although a couple of years ago, we played a 5 p.m. game on a Saturday. But you just have to adjust to it, and Monroe Central is having to face the same thing, plus they will have to travel to get here, so they kind of get the short end of the stick.”
Heavy rain and wind struck around 6 p.m., delaying the scheduled 7 p.m. kickoff time.
Then, even when the rain ended, frequent lightning would not allow the game to be started, and the decision to postpone came at about 9 p.m.
• Indianapolis Tech at Richmond, late
• Lincoln at Tri, late
• Union County at Union City, late
• Hagerstown (0-2, 0-0 TEC ) at Winchester (1-1, 0-1)
• Shenandoah (2-0) at Centerville (0-2)
• Miami East (0-1, 0-0 CCC) at National Trail (0-1, 0-0)
• St. Henry (1-0) at Eaton (0-1)
• Monroe Central (2-0) at Northeastern (1-1)