Weather cuts short opening night


Weather, power outages and lightning delays forced Friday’s football game between North and Southeast at Southeast to be called with four minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Southeast won 28-6.

“There were a lot of factors playing into both administrations making the choice to call it a complete game,” Athletic Director Tony Douglas said. “More importantly was the safety of the players and fans.”

According to the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA):

“When thunder is heard or cloud-to-ground lighting is seen, the leading edge of the thunderstorm is close enough to pose a lightening risk. Suspend play and take shelter immediately. Once play has been suspended, wait at least 30 minutes from the last sound of thunder or lightning strike witnessed before resuming the activity.”

According to Douglas, the National Weather Service had lightning continuing until at least 11:30 p.m.

Finishing the game on Saturday was not an option due to a variety of factors, but the main one was that the officiating crew working the game was scheduled to work a college game on Saturday.

North will be in action again on Friday, against Independence at Northwest Stadium.