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Lincoln-Way North football coach George Czart (left) shakes hands with an official as La Salle-Peru coach Joe Sassano looks on Friday. The L-P vs. Lincoln-Way North game was postponed to 6 tonight due to lightning. The game had yet to kick off. Six other area games were postponed.
Area football teams were prepared to kick off the season Friday — and some teams did — but few teams throughout the area got a chance to finish their season opener.
Seven of the nine area football games were postponed Friday night due to lightning.
La Salle-Peru did not even start its Week 1 game against Lincoln-Way North at Howard Fellows Stadium before lightning forced a long delay.
At 9 p.m., school officials and referees decided to postpone the game until 6 tonight.
Ottawa and Yorkville couldn’t even finish the sophomore game in Yorkville before weather interrupted.
The Pirates and Foxes will kick off the sophomore contest at 4 p.m. today with the varsity to follow.
Marquette headed to Rockford to face Christian Life but didn’t get the chance to kick off. The Crusaders and Eagles will play at 1 p.m. Monday.
Other games got underway before lightning stopped the action.
St. Bede took a 7-0 lead against Amboy-LaMoille when junior quarterback Jack Brady hooked up with sophomore Braidy Shipp for a 51-yard touchdown with 10:29 left in the first quarter.
The game was halted shortly after and eventually postponed until 7 tonight in Amboy.
Mendota also grabbed an early lead as it built a 10-0 advantage over Marengo with about three minutes left in the first quarter.
Wyatt Martinson scored on a 50-yard touchdown run and Ryan Reeder booted a 28-yard field goal for the Trojans.
Mendota and Marengo will resume at 7 tonight.
Princeton fell behind 8-0 at Morrison in the first quarter before the game was postponed to 11 this morning.
In Manlius, Hall and Bureau Valley made it to halftime before the game was sent into a lightning delay immediately following the completion of the first half.
After a nearly 40-minute delay, the game was postponed until 6 tonight in order to avoid the day’s heat.
The contest will be picked up at the start of the third quarter with the Storm leading 36-13.
“I think this is something that just goes on around here because we start games one day and finish them on another,” joked BV athletic director and football coach Jeff Ohlson, referring to last year’s suspended Class 2A BV Regional boys basketball game between Hall and Princeton that was stopped with a minute left in the contest and finished the next day. “But it’s a different experience. I’ve never really been through anything like this either as an assistant coach or a head coach or as an athletic director. It’s unique.”
Following the announcement of the suspension at around 9:40 p.m., Ohlson said he was still unsure of the plan for his team for today but indicated some sort of morning walkthrough and/or watching of game film was likely.
Hall coach Randy Tieman said he will have his squad watch game tape and have a morning practice at 9 a.m. before heading back to Manlius at night.
“I think (the delay) is to our advantage,” Tieman said. “We’ll be able to talk about some of the things they did that we didn’t expect.”
BV led the contest from the start as it went 65 yards for a touchdown on its first possession and built a 16-0 lead with 7:55 left in the first quarter.
Hall responded with two touchdowns — a 23-yard run from Chris Hammonds and a 4-yard run from Jake Byczynski — to pull to 16-13 with 31.2 seconds left in the first quarter.
However, the Storm outscored the Red Devils 20-0 in the second quarter to take the 36-13 lead at intermission.
BV junior quarterback Parker Neuhalfen has already rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another in the first half.
“I thought we came out and did some good things right away,” Ohlson said. “They caught us with a couple things at the (end of the first) quarter, but we bounced back and took care of some things. But we have some work to do. The scoreboard is going to say 36-13 when we start the game, but it’s a whole other half. We did it in the first half and Hall can turn around and do that to us in the second half.”
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