HAMMOND | Officials from Boone Grove and Bishop Noll waited more than an hour Friday night in the hopes that the storms that arrived before kickoff would pass, but the weather wouldn’t cooperate.
Heavy rain and lightning forced the postponement of the game between the Wolves (1-0) and the host Warriors (0-1) until 5 p.m. today.
The storm began about 20 minutes before the scheduled kickoff. Heavy rain, hail and lightning necessitated the emptying of the stands and forced both teams to play the waiting game in their respective locker rooms.
Field conditions and continuous lightning, which required 30-minute waiting period to be reset with every flash, led officials from both teams to decide that the best course of action would be to play today.
“Ultimately, it was a decision about player safety,” Boone Grove coach Tony Tinkel said. “With the field being so wet and the lightning not letting up, we just decided it would be better to wait.”
“We were waiting, and we heard that Whiting-Gavit had (postponed), so we knew it was a possibility (we could do),” Bishop Noll coach Mike Juscik said. “For the safety of the players, we decided the best thing to do was to try again (today).”
The Wolves enter the match riding high after last week’s win over Wheeler.
“It’s a unique situation,” Tinkel said. “We won’t try to do anything differently (today). Our guys will be ready.”
The Warriors are looking to rebound after a season-opening loss to Andrean.
“It will be a different feeling for the guys to play (today),” Juscik said. “It will be neat for them. This game will let us know where we stand in our sectional. Boone is one of four teams on our schedule that is in our sectional, and this will let us know how we stack up.”