Lightning delays games across the state on high school football's opening night

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  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 18, 2018 9:17 a.m.

    Unfortunately, the sport most affected by spring weather was not mentioned---track & field. Both of our sons participated as members of the Davis High Track Team and there were numerous times, including when students at Farmington Jr High, that track meets were either cancelled or postponed. It was uncanny how many Fridays that happened over the years. Many times the track tournaments involved teams from several schools.

    When I attended high school our team played football in rain, wind, snow, etc. Granted, lightning would have been a different scenario. Although ancient history, I do remember seeing a BYU/Utah football game (in the 1980's, I think) in the snow where they showed the field at the end of the game and there wasn't a footprint on one half of the field---it all took place on one end. I won't mention who won, except to say it was a good day to cheer for the blue team.

    As a former official and a team manager when I was a student, I can tell you that unexpected delays have an affect on the teams; some handle it well, others not so much. It is a mental thing, just like Yogi said. ("50% of this game is 90% mental"---or words to that effect.)