THIELLS – Go ahead, ask the question.
How hot was it?
It was so hot that after delaying the game for 30 minutes at halftime when the heat index reached 97 degrees, North Rockland and Clarkstown South were unable to resume. The game was suspended and will resume here on Monday at 3 p.m.
The Viking are coming back with a 17-0 lead.
“A couple of years ago we played Ramapo at night and they had to call off the game because of thunderstorms,” South coach Mike Scarpelli said. “We had to come back and play a quarter on Monday, so our staff is ready. It’s a bump in the road. We’ll reset. They’ll reset. We’re not thinking about the week ahead. We’re not concerned with the next game. We’re thinking about playing two more quarters of football here.”
That same message was relayed to the Vikings’ players over and over before they headed back to the buses.
Kickoff was moved up 90 minutes in hopes of avoiding the worst of the heat. NYSPHSAA rules mandate checking the heat index at halftime if the RealFeel temperature is 90 degrees or above when the game starts.
It was climbing, so teams and spectators were sent home.
There is no decision to be made once the heat index reaches 96 degrees. State rules call for automatic suspension of all outdoor contests.
“I have played in games where the heat was like this multiple times,” Clarkstown South quarterback Matt Jung said. “Everyone has to focus extra hard, remember what we’re doing and they have to keep hydrated and stay healthy.”
Scarpelli noted that his team has been walking around school all week, drinking from gallon jugs of water.
The heat and humidity did force a number of cheerleaders and members of the marching band to seek treatment from North Rockland trainers and emergency personnel.
Jung bulled in from the 1-yard line with 4:09 to go in the first quarter to give the Vikings a lead. Michael Tagaris added the PAT. Samuel Mistretta capped the next South drive with a plunge from the 1-yard line.
Moving the ball was a struggle for the Red Raiders, so the 14-0 lead was almost comfortable.
North Rockland did come up with a timely stand at the end of the first half, limiting the Vikings to a 21-yard field goal by Tagaris.
“The offensive line was doing their thing,” Jung said. “The running backs are hitting the right holes. It’s going well so far. We have to come back now and hit them harder. We’re going to rest on Sunday and come back here Monday and do everything we need to and then we can start to get ready for Suffern.”
The game is being resumed on Monday because North Rockland does not play athletic contests on Sept. 11.