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Prep football: Weather wreaks havoc on opening night – again

Published: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 10:03 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 12:50 a.m. CST
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Danielle Guerra - dguerra@shawmedia.com Lightning rolls through the sky over Sycamore's Engh Field on Friday, August 29, 2014. The Sycamore game against Lincoln Way West was started and called with 1:33 left in the first quarter. The game was rescheduled to 6 p.m. tonight.
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Danielle Guerra - dguerra@shawmedia.com Sycamore's Dylan Lee (38) celebrates Nick Niemann's (5) tackle during the first quarter Friday against Lincoln Way West on Sycamore's Engh Field. The Sycamore game against Lincoln Way West was started and called with 1:33 left in the first quarter. The game was rescheduled to 6 p.m. tonight.
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Danielle Guerra - dguerra@shawmedia.com Clouds roll in during sunset in the sky over Sycamore's Engh Field on Friday, August 29, 2014. The Sycamore game against Lincoln Way West was started and called with 1:33 left in the first quarter. The game was rescheduled to 6 p.m. tonight.
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Danielle Guerra - dguerra@shawmedia.com A rainbow appeared over Sycamore's Engh Field on Friday, August 29, 2014 after a rainstorm passed during the J.V. football game. The varsity Sycamore football game against Lincoln Way West was started and called with 1:33 left in the first quarter. The game was rescheduled to 6 p.m. tonight.
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Danielle Guerra - dguerra@shawmedia.com Sycamore fan Reid Kozak holds up a sign in the student sction before the game against Lincoln Way West at Sycamore's Engh Field on Friday, August 29, 2014. The Sycamore game against Lincoln Way West was started and called with 1:33 left in the first quarter. The game was rescheduled to 6 p.m. tonight.

For the second straight season, Mother Nature blitzed area football teams on their opening day.

At least four of the five area teams had their games delayed or postponed Friday night, the same as what happened in 2013.

"We just decided what was best for the athletes was, we're going to be sitting around for another hour, but that's not good for the kids," Sycamore athletic director Chauncey Carrick said of the school's decision to push their game until today. "Both these teams have high expectations, so we need to make sure all these kids are healthy and not putting the kids in danger.

Sycamore started 20 minutes late due to the sophomore game running long. The Spartans and Lincoln Way West played most of the first quarter, but the lightning became noticeable with 1:33 left and the players and fans were ordered from the field. Officials waited less than an hour to decide to make the game up at 6 p.m. today. It will pick up where it left off, in a scoreless tie.

For the Spartans and Warriors, they must be feeling a little cursed. It's the third straight meeting within a year that rain has messed with. The opener last year was pushed back a day because of lightning.

"It's just what happens," Sycamore coach Joe Ryan said. "It's not what you want because everybody is ready to play. But like I told the kids last year we still get a game. We'll play tomorrow night, and that's the exciting thing."

DeKalb and Genoa-Kingston each planned on playing their games late into Friday night. The Barbs didn't even start their game until 9:50 p.m. because of the lightning. Game stories for both appear on the Daily-Chronicle website.

G-K trailed St. Edward 17-14 at halftime when lightning forced a long delay, with the game resuming at about 9:40 p.m.

The Genoa-Kingston football team was driving down the field to close out a tame first half. Jesse Bade punched in from 2 yards and after Joe Murray completed the two-point conversion, the Cogs only trailed St. Edward 17-14.

The halftime whistle blew, the lightening started to strike and the rain began to pour. The referees called for a 30-minute rain delay that stretched on for almost two hours.

The tame part of the first half came on the Cogs opening play from scrimmage. Hunter Roger fumbled and the Green Wave recovered. On the ensuing play, Dwayne Allen Jr. run into the end zone for a 9-yard score. 

After a Joe French field goal gave St. Edwards a 10-0 lead, the Cogs came to life. G-K strung together a 14-play, 80-yard drive, capped off by a Griffin McNeal 2-yard touchdown run.

St. Edward pushed the lead back out to 11 points when Danny Favela returned a Cogs punt 40-yards to the end zone with 3:01 remaining in the first half.

G-K immediately responded with a nine-play drive. McNeal’s 21-yard run early in the drive set the tone. Bade’s score the Cogs all of the momentum heading into the break.

McNeal finished the first half with 38 yards rushing and a touchdown. Murray rushed for 28 yards and Bade collected 36 yards and a touchdown.

Kaneland and Chicago Brooks ended up getting postponed until 6 p.m. today as well. Hiawatha coach Sean Donnelly could not be reached, although the Mooseheart twitter account indicated it led the Hawks 6-0.

Travis Zuellig contribute to this report.

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