Jackson County’s 14-6 win over Johnson-Gainesville had a bizarre ending.
Well, it really didn’t have an ending at all — the game was called at halftime after a two-hour lightning delay.
The team leading at halftime in a non-classification game is declared the winner if weather remains unsuitable for two hours under GHSA rules, reported the Gainesville Times.
Each time lightning was spotted by the referees, the 30-minute wait to resume action was restarted.
“We’re going to take it, we’re 1-0, but I don’t like it anymore than anyone else likes it,” Jackson County coach Billy Kirk told the Times.
Ironically, Jackson County was a victim of the same circumstances in its 2007 season-opener, dropping a 14-0 decision to Banks County that was called at halftime.
Friday’s bizarre finish also earned some thunderous comments from Johnson coach Paul Friel.
“I just wish they’d be a little more clear if it’s based on sight or if it’s based on a lightning detector,” he said. “I don’t know what the point of a lightning detector is if there’s any flash and they restart the clock.”
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