By DR. DAVID DAVIS
The Friendswood Mustangs were leading 7-0 over the Summer Creek Bulldogs when the storm invaded the contest forcing a halt to the game. At 8:45 p.m. the decision was made to call the game and to not attempt to finish it the next day.
Had Friendswood been playing a team closer in proximity to its stadium, then the game would likely have been played the following day.
The Mustangs scored a touchdown on their first possession, and then the first lightning strike hit around 7:30 p.m. A 70-minute delay would take place and ultimately the decision to cancel the game.
Friendswood led 7-0 when Mason Barnes scored on an 18-yard touchdown run at the 3:42 mark of the opening period. The teams eventually finished the quarter.
“All the lightning delays were going to push the start time to at least 9:15 p.m.,” said Friendswood head coach Robert Koopmann, “We felt like that was too long for the players to sit around and then try to come out and play again.
“This would have been a whole new set of rules had this been a district game. We would have come back the next day or waited it out.”
The Mustangs opened up the 2016 football campaign with a dominate 54-20 victory over Texas City. Friendswood will now prepare to travel to meet the Kingwood Mustangs on Saturday, September 10.