MERRILLVILLE | Think of the possibilities that were missed.
No. 1 Merrillville and No. 2 Andrean, which combined for 92 points in their season openers, were to square off Friday on Field Turf.
All you needed was a 24-second shot clock and Marv Albert.
But first, there was a power outage affecting the stadium and parking lot lights, an evacuation of everyone in Demaree Stadium, and monsoon-like rains that quickly turned the field surface into a duck pond.
At 7:40 p.m., with the rain tailing off considerably, three cracks of lightning suddenly brightened the eastern skies. And it continued into the early evening Finally, after a 102-minute delay, the game was called and rescheduled for today at 7 p.m.
Andrean coach Phil Mason applauded Merrillville's handling of the storm delay, saying tonight's game is OK with him.
"That's because our kids were in a non-air conditioned school all day, it was 90 degrees outside, and no way were we going to play at 9:30 (tonight). That's too demanding," Mason said.
"(Saturday) is fine. It helps me (prepare) because I've been in a non-air conditioned school all day. We'll have a 3:30 meeting Saturday and kinda walk through stuff. We'll be OK."
Merrillville coach Zac Wells was in meetings with his staff immediately after the postponement and unavailable for comment.
You want successful prep programs on a tear the last four seasons, look no further than these Broadway rivals. Andrean came in 38-12 in that stretch, Merrillville 39-12. Now hold that thought, until later today.
Despite a public announcement stating that Andrean would play Merrillville in junior varsity football this morning, that was incorrect. There will be no JV game between the two schools played today.