CHESTERTON | Close but no cigar.
Chesterton and Munster tried again Saturday, actually taking the field for a brief warmup, but the lightning quickly chased them to the locker rooms and eventually home, for the second day in a row.
"Absolutely amazing," Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. "Everybody's clearly frustrated with the weather. It's certainly a letdown. Just crazy."
The teams were scheduled to play at 11 a.m., but much like Friday night, they exited the field within 20 minutes of kickoff. After two hours in the school cafeteria, the Mustangs and Trojans returned to the field and a 2:30 p.m. start time was set. In a matter of minutes, another bolt ushered them back inside, with the next one sending them on their way.
"I've never seen so much weather on an I Phone in all my life as I have the last 24 hours," Munster coach Leroy Marsh said. "It's frustrating. I think we've warmed up five times already. However, it's out of our control. Chesterton's done everything they can to get us to play. We couldn't have been treated nicer. They fed us. They were very accommodating."
Marsh said he has some players whose Labor Day weekend travel plans will have to be adjusted, while Peterson said he had a few who weren't expecting to be back by Monday morning.
"We'll just have to come back and refocus, try to make it as normal as possible," he said. "We're not going to adjust dramatically. We'll treat it like a Friday. There's no school, so that throws things off a little but, but we'll make sure everybody's getting up at 7 (a.m.) and we'll go from there. We trust they'll take the responsibility and act in an appropriate manner."
A short turnaround for week three now becomes an issue for both teams, as they open conference play Friday.