Raindrops and lightning bolts, not exactly the ideal combination of elements if you plan on doing anything outside, especially playing a high school football game.
Mother Nature made her presence known in a major way as a wave of strong thunderstorms made their way across Madison County Friday afternoon and into the evening, forcing the postponement of Madison-Plains home football game with Jamestown Greeneview.
The start of the Week 2 non-league contest was delayed by an hour, but just as teams were going through their customary pregame warm-ups just prior to 8 p.m., a powerful thunderstorm packing high winds, heavy rain and air to ground lightning made it’s way into the area.
Madison-Plains High School director of athletics Matt Mason along with the coaches from both teams and the officials made the call to postpone the game by a day. Mason said the decision wasn’t really a hard one, even with a stadium full of fans.
“Tonight wasn’t too difficult to be honest because they are so close,” he said. “If travel would have been a major issue, then yes it would have been a much tougher decision. We can all just come out tomorrow night and do this all over, it was a pretty easy call.”
The biggest downside to not having played on Friday night was the fact that the schools would not be playing a JV game Saturday morning.
“That’s the one unfortunate thing, the JV game will not be played now, those guys will miss out on an opportunity,” Mason said. “This is football weather, it’s Ohio and you’re going to have this type of weather. It’s not just us, it’s effecting everybody tonight, but we’re looking forward to tomorrow.”
Anyone holding a ticket stub to Friday’s game will be able to present it Saturday in order to gain admission to Saturday evenings contest.
“We’d like them to bring their ticket stubs for re-entry,” he said. “Hopefully we can get more people out tomorrow. Maybe there were people that stayed home tonight because of the weather and now they can come out tomorrow.”
Plains (1-0), which was manhandled 76-20 a year ago when the two teams met in Jamestown, entered the contest confident and ready. The Golden Eagles picked up a dominant 40-0 victory over host Cedarville in Week 1. Greeneview (0-1) dropped it’s season opener.
Madison-Plains will also be in action Friday, Sept. 18, when it welcomes in Southeastern. Coach Jason Hunt’s team went to South Charleston a year ago and came home with a dominating victory. In one of it’s more complete games last season the Golden Eagles shined on both offense and defense, winning 47-10.
Coach Jason Hunt’s team graduated a number of key contributors off of last year’s squad, but most of the team’s core players have returned giving Golden Eagles fans reason to be optimistic about the 2015 season.
For a complete recap from this game and other high schools sports action in Madison County pick up a copy of the Tuesday, Sept. 8 edition of The Madison Press or find us online at madison-press.com.
Chris Miles can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.
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