Coach Kyle Geller and Burleson Centennial had Crowley right where they wanted.
The Spartans took a 3-point lead with 2:06 left last Friday and were kicking with a stiff wind behind them as a light drizzle started to fall. Crowley would have to drive 75 yards to win.
But Centennial would have to wait nearly 20 hours to finish the final two minutes.
A string of severe thunderstorms accompanied by lightning postponed several area games on Friday, many as they were getting ready to finish at about 10 p.m. Centennial and Crowley were put on hold after the Spartans’ go-ahead score. On Saturday, Centennial stopped Crowley on fourth-and-goal to seal a win.
The two teams waited until 11:30 p.m. before the game’s finish was postponed. Per UIL rules, suspended games have to resume before midnight. But with lightning still flashing and more in the distance, coaches and officials decided to come back the next day.
“It was crazy,” Geller said about the return trip. “You get there, go through an hour of warmups, then you play for two minutes.”
Another hitch in the plans for Centennial and other area schools was scheduled SAT testing on Saturday morning. Geller said several of his players were up early for Saturday’s test before meeting the team at the stadium in time for kickoff.
Azle’s game at Wichita Falls never started Friday night. Teams were called off the field 40 minutes before kickoff. Storms continued throughout the evening until the game was postponed to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Azle left Wichita Falls around 9 p.m. and arrived home two hours later. Coach Devon Dorris estimated that he had 13 seniors taking the SAT. Most made the team bus for a 1 p.m. departure, but two had to ride later with coaches in personal vehicles. Azle won 35-14 to improve to 2-1 in District 5-5A.
“I was extremely proud of them,” Dorris said. “We wanted to play Friday night, so when you came around on Saturday, getting focused mentally and starting all over again. you didn’t know how they would respond.”
Arlington Bowie and Aledo also won on Saturday, after leading into the fourth quarter Friday night. Bowie held off North Crowley 35-28. The Bearcats beat Everman 38-17.
Big Texans win
Arlington Sam Houston beat Arlington 21-20 last Thursday for its first district win over an Arlington school since 2003.
“The kids and the staff, we just got tired of hearing that,” coach Anthony Criss said. “That’s why I went for the two against Bowie [on Sept. 25].”
Sam Houston lost that game by a point to the Volunteers, and then 40-20 to Arlington Martin on Oct. 3. But even after dropping to 0-2 in 4-6A, the Texans are in a solid position for the district’s fourth playoff spot.
And they won’t be without quarterback Ervin Hill, who didn’t play the second half against Arlington with a wrist injury. Criss said Hill experienced soreness, but there wasn’t a bone break.
The senior, who leads Sam Houston with 715 yards rushing, is expected to play Friday against Fort Worth Paschal.
Euless Trinity (7-0 overall, 3-0 District 7-6A) at Southlake Carroll (6-0, 2-0) headline a week full of big games.
Trinity and Carroll, two powerhouses paired in the same district after February’s realignment, met in the third round of the Class 5A Division I playoffs last year, with the Trojans winning 42-38.
Arlington Martin (4-2 overall, 3-0 District 4-6A) and Arlington Bowie (4-2, 2-1) meet Friday night in a game that always has district title implications. In District 5-6A, Denton Ryan (4-2, 2-1) plays at Keller Fossil Ridge (5-1, 2-1) on Thursday.
Nolan on TV
Fort Worth Nolan Catholic (2-4 overall, 1-2 TAPPS Div. I District 1) and Dallas Bishop Lynch (4-3, 2-1) will be televised on KTXA/21 Friday night.
The game, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Roffino Stadium in Dallas, will be viewed on a slight tape delay. Channel 21 is airing the Dallas Mavericks preseason game at Cleveland at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for December’s UIL state championships went on sale last week. Daily passes for Class 2A-6A title games Dec. 18-20 are $15. Six-man title tickets for Dec. 13 are $12.
Player of the Week
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