Did you hear about the night the lights went out in Georgia? Here’s the story …

Friday night was the night the lights went out in Georgia — at Northcutt Stadium, the home field for Marietta High School.

With 6 seconds left in the first quarter, Marietta scored a touchdown to take a 13-7 lead against Walton. As Marietta celebrated, two sets of lights blew out on the right side of the end zone.

“There were sparks everywhere, it looked like a celebratory fireworks display — in fact, there were several kids who thought that was what was happening,” Marietta coach Scott Burton said.

Then the entire stadium went dark. Coaches from both teams huddled their players in the middle of the field. They eventually returned to the locker rooms for what ended up being a two-hour wait.

Around 10 p.m., power was restored, and Walton rallied back to win 59-28 by nearly midnight. “That’s certainly not a situation you prepare for or imagine [as a football coach],” Burton said.

Now it’s YOUR turn. Do you have any interesting stories about delays of football games? If so, please post below.

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November 2nd, 2010
6:33 am

first for first time ever. Can anyone figure out what my name stands for?


November 2nd, 2010
6:57 am

2009 playoffs, E. Paulding @ Milton, 3rd OT Milton with the ball. Along with a fog covered field half the stadium lights go out for approx. 30 min. The coaches decide to go ahead with the game even with the low visibility. That made for an even more exciting game than was already being played. E.P. wins after making the 2 pt. conversion after Milton was unable to on their last possesion. The entire game can be seen on ghsa.tv .


November 2nd, 2010
8:08 am

Easy, Coach Paul Hewwit is no Coach Paul Johnson

Max Sizemore

November 2nd, 2010
9:37 am

It’s not football, but I seem to recall a story that when Ron Bradley was in the middle of that long basketball winning streak at Newton County in the early 60’s, a visiting team got hot and took the lead. Mysteriously, the lights went out. When they came back on some time later, the visitors’ momentum was extinguished and Newton went on to win. Now that I think of it, I recall something about the lights going out when Max Bass was coaching football at Newnan.


November 2nd, 2010
11:00 am

December 22, 2001 at McConnell-Talbert Stadium in Warner Robins. The AAAAA State final between Northside and Parkview. The score was 12-7 Parkview but Northside was driving for the go ahead and possibly winning score when all of the sudden the lights on the home side at the end where Northside was going went out. I remember it because I was sitting right under those lights. Before then, the Parkview defense was tired from chasing Chansi Stuckey all over the field but with the long break from waiting for the lights to come on they got a chance to rest which probably did not matter because when play resumed about 45 minutes later Northside fumbled the ball away and Parkview won the game. The rumor was a Warner Robins High School supporter sabotaged those lights. LOL


November 2nd, 2010
11:59 am

In the late 1970’s when Lowndes was beginning to develope into a good team, twice the visitor’s side lights went out at Valdosta’s Cleveland Field (now known as Bazemore Hyder Stadium) just prior to kickoff. Both games had to be played in poor visibility, which greatly hampered the Lowndes passing offense. We actually had to run the ball almost every play, something we were not good at. For decades afterwards the Lowndes band set up a large gas lantern on a pole in front of the band section when we went to Valdosta and it burned all through the game. Thousands of fans took flashlights, in case the lights “went out” again. It became a tradition. I still carry one each year when we play Valdosta at Cleveland Field.

The first year we took a lead into the locker room at half time at Valdosta, the score board malfunctioned. To this day when the game ends no matter the opponent, the second the game is over – the exact second – if Valdosta losses, the scoreboard is turned off, apparently to reduce photos. (I have a photo of last year’s score board when Lowndes won 57-15 but of course, the game was at Lowndes)


November 2nd, 2010
12:46 pm

Hey AVikingFan, do remember the first round of the playoffs against Griffin in……I think ‘97? All the lights at Martin Stadium went out during pregame. The game was delayed about 45 minutes to an hour.

Small Town Friday Night

November 2nd, 2010
3:17 pm

There used to be a train track that ran right next to Parkview’s field.

One year Berkmar was at Parkview, with Berkmar up by a SINGLE point late in the 4th quarter. All of a sudden, the train came rumbling by, and blew it’s whistle as a sign of recognition for the close rivalry game at hand.

Well, Berkmar, who was on defense, trying to cone up with a stop to win, though the whistle of tge train signified the end of tge game. So they ran off the field lifting their helmets in what they thought was victory, and disappeared into their locker room.

Parkview stated out, with the ball, and nit a single defensive player on the field…….. 7 plays later, which included 3 incomplete passes, 1 first down (after measurement), 2 runs for a loss, 1 fumble and 1 quarterback tripping over his feet, the time finally ran out and Berkmar officially got the win in which they already celebrated and had left the campus.

After all these years, Parkview’s offense still isn’t much better than it was in those days.


November 2nd, 2010
3:47 pm

Hey Lowndes Fan, GT does the same thing regarding their scoreboard.


November 2nd, 2010
3:48 pm

Small Town Friday Night – Hey man, I’ve got one almost as good as that (not quite). One year up in Tifton the lights went out and the Lowndes side of the field was packed. Fortuately the home side, as usual, didn’t have many spectators. A train came by and it was plain scary! It was pitch black dark. We couldn’t even find the bathrooms! All of a sudden someone fired Tifton’s cannon, and about 50 people pulled out guns and went to shooting. Fourteen people got stabbed, and 437 were trampled. Trouble was, somebody had put teargas in the barrel of that danged cannon as a HALLOWEEN PRANK and when they fired it off, we couldn’t even find our cars. At least that’s the way I remember it. I do know it was dark for a LONG time. Sure wish our band had taken that lantern they always took to the Valdosta games. And none of us had our flash lights!

I always wondered about Parkview’s offense. Now I know.


November 2nd, 2010
3:51 pm

LHS98 I do remember that night. I was sitting with some Georgia Power folks, and gave them a hard time (in fun). Seems like a transformer had blown between the school and the mall, if I remember correctly.


November 2nd, 2010
4:26 pm

I remember back in the 70s Camden county was playing Brantley county. The fog was so bad when they punted the ball it would go up in the fog and you could not see it come down till the last second. I dont think a single punt was actually fielded by either team the final three QTRs.And forget about passing, was not happening. You could not see the other stands and when the play was run to the other side, the teams would disappear into the fog.

I think they still have a missing persons report out on some of the players.


November 2nd, 2010
8:14 pm

this year against jenkins co. in wrightsville, the team was about to kick off the 2nd half…one light went out, they tried 2 turn it back on, and a fire started in the lights above the press box. the whole home side went out…and ppl started 2 scream and yell, no body got stabbed, shot, or trampled thank God, but it is a memory them boys will have.


November 2nd, 2010
11:49 pm

In 2002 when Bowdon was rebuilding its stadium. Bowdon was set to play Whitefield in Carrollton, when before warmups they realized the lights were messed up, so they had to move the game to Temple.


November 3rd, 2010
2:04 am


Valdosta left the scoreboard on after losing the ‘96 AAAA Championship 45-24 to Brookwood so we could take photos. I always thought that showed a lot of class and it was much appreciated.


November 3rd, 2010
10:43 am

A_Bronco_Fan Valdosta had a class coach back then, and a class Principal. Remember who ya’ll beat in the Dome in the semi’s? Now THAT was a good game! Thanks for your comment.