Oceanside, Nokomis football opener postponed to Sept. 1Due to dangerous weather, Aug. 31 game halted, to resume at 11 a.m. Saturday
Rockland — Apparently, lightning does strike twice. And sometimes much more often than that.
With that development, the Pine Tree Conference Class B high school football game between host Oceanside and Nokomis of Newport on Friday night, Aug. 31 at Wasgatt Field on Thomaston Street started later than scheduled — and then was delayed after play begun — and now has been moved to a different day.
Due to thunder and lightning in the area, the season-opening game, originally scheduled to start at 7 p.m., began at 8 p.m.
The thunder and lightning was expected to pass though the area and 8 p.m. was the "conservative" scheduled start time, said Regional School Unit 13 athletic director Jim Leonard.
That is when the game began. However, with 8:35 remaining in the first quarter, and Oceanside looking at a third-and-goal situation from the 5-yard line, the contest was delayed again. It was expected to resume, but the dangerous weather made that impossible and the game will be resumed, where it left off, on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. at the same field.
Pass completions from Oceanside quarterback Sam Meklin and receivers Dan Hendricks and Dan Stone put the Mariners in solid scoring position when play resumes — now on another day.
The start, and resumption, of any high school athletic event is pushed back 30 minutes each time thunder is heard or lightning is viewed. That is, until it is determined to move the event to a different day.
With this development, the Warriors appear to be at a slight disadvantage because they must travel back to Newport, arrive home later tonight and then turn around and be back in Rockland Saturday morning to resume play.
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