Weather delays start of Red Raiders contest

By Chris Miles - cmiles

Cell phones and tablets were working overtime at London High School Friday evening as fans, coaches and officials steadily watched the weather radar trying to get an idea of what was coming next.

The Red Raiders (1-0) were supposed to host Greenon (0-1) in a game that was slated to start at 7 p.m. But multiple lines of thunderstorms rolled through Madison County, forcing numerous delays and putting everyone into a seemingly endless holding pattern.

While officials at Madison-Plains, roughly eight miles to the South of Bowlus Field, decided to postpone their game until Saturday night; and county neighbors West Jefferson and Jonathan Alder were fighting weather issues in the Northern part of the county, the teams at London decided to wait out the weather in hopes of eventually playing.

The start of the Week 2 non-league contest was delayed by well more than two and a half hours, finally kicking off at 9:35 p.m. Due to deadline restrictions The Madison Press was unable to provide overnight coverage of the game.

London, which won the last two meetings between the squads, entered the contest confident and ready. The Red Raiders picked up an impressive 42-30 victory over host Urbana in Week 1 and were looking to improve on their 1-0 record.

London scored on its first possession of the game. Standout Michael Johnson scored on a 47-yard run on his first touch of the game to stake the home team to an early lead.

London will be back in action Friday, Sept. 11 when it plays at Bishop Ready.

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

Chris Miles can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.

By Chris Miles