CROWN POINT | Team managers played Hangman on the dry-erase board, players snuck out of the sweltering locker room in game pants and undershirts, and the chicken wing supply in the Crown Point community room was decimated.
As many have heard by now, weather disrupted high school football throughout the area, and at Crown Point the delay lasted 1 hour, 47 minutes before the game between the host Bulldogs and visiting Mishawaka was postponed until 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The game will pick up in progress with 4:58 to go in the first quarter and Mishawaka, up 7-0, kicking off to Crown Point.
The originally scheduled Saturday morning junior varsity game will be moved to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Mishawaka.
“We’re still getting lightning strikes out here, and based on the radar we have more weather coming,” Crown Point athletic director Bill Dorulla said shortly after the final announcement.
“At some point you have to call the game because you’re going to be here past midnight.”
Had the weather been on pace to break, the teams would have resumed play.
Mishawaka coach Bart Curtis, whose team had to travel in excess of two hours west to play the game, was in favor of a restart.
“He doesn’t want to come back; he wants to play, but he understands you’ve got to take into consideration the safety of the kids,” Dorulla said.
Curtis, Mishawaka athletic director James Aldrich, Dorulla and Crown Point principal (and former football coach) Chip Pettit met and agreed to postpone the proceedings.
“It’s something that’s out of our control,” C.P. coach Kevin Enright said. “We’re just going to roll with it. It’s unfortunate that we were put in this spot, but life doesn’t always go the way it’s planned. Sometimes you’ve got to adjust, and this is all part of it.”
Because visiting 2012 Class 4A state finalist Mishawaka was coming from the Eastern time zone, the game started at 6:30 Friday, and the teams were able to play more than half of the first quarter before the stadium was evacuated at 6:53 p.m.
The game began with Crown Point in possession after a short kickoff. The Bulldogs, who had beaten Lowell 16-12 in last week’s opener, drove past midfield as quarterback Jake Jatis was 2-for-4 passing for 24 yards. The fifth play was a handoff to Tristan Peterson, who fumbled at the 40.
Mishawaka then handed the ball to Kylan McCullough 12 times on a 13-play drive that ended with the 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior fullback hitting the end zone from 5 yards out with 4:58 to go in the first quarter.
The ensuing kickoff is going to wait about 23 1/2 hours.