Lightning cancels Edna at Yoakum (VIDEO)
Sept. 20, 2013 at 9:20 a.m.
Updated Sept. 21, 2013 at 9:21 a.m.
Stadium clears out while equipment is picked up.
School officials tell everyone to leave the stadium and go to their vehicle=
Severe thunderstorms in Yoakum cancel game.
Edna Yoakum Football
Team buses trying to leave Bulldog Stadium. Chaotic.
Lightning moves in area.
Lightning in Yoakum
YOAKUM- Inside the Yoakum gym, junior Tre'Vontae Hights was disappointed he and the rest of his Yoakum teammates could not play.
The Bulldogs (0-3) looked forward to playing Friday, trying to get their first win of the season against Edna (2-1) on homecoming night. But after a 30-minute delay, the game was officially canceled because of lightning and will not be rescheduled.
"We prepared all this week and wanted to play, so it's definitely anger," Hights said. "I wanted to play, but you can't do nothing about the rain. That's nothing you can control."
As the rain came pounding down on the soaked field at Bulldog Stadium, Yoakum coach Brent Kornegay felt bad his kids could not go out and compete. He wanted his players to be safe.
"Obviously, our kids wanted to play," Kornegay said. "I told them this is a non-district game, and it's not worth going out there and risking an injury, pulling groins and hamstrings."
Though the game was canceled, Kornegay said he doesn't want to get his players off their regular routine.
"We're going to go to work tomorrow, come back up here, do some things conditioning-wise and football-wise," Kornegay said. "It's not like we're going to take the next three days off; we're going to work."
Drenched from the rain, Edna coach Mike Pierce said he believed calling the game was a good idea after looking at the conditions of the field.
"The main thing is you don't want to get anybody hurt," Pierce said. "In a situation and conditions like this, that could happen. So much in high school athletics is a routine, and anytime you take kids off of a routine, you hurt them."
Cowboys senior David Kallus, though not happy with the game being called, understood it made sense.
"Don't get me wrong. I'm a type of person that wants to play, but it's not a district game. It doesn't really matter," Kallus said. "People don't want to get hurt more in a wet game and all that, so I think it was a good idea because of the wet weather."
So for Hights and the Bulldogs, it's back to practice.
"We got Rice (Consolidated) next week," Hights said. "We got to prepare for them and forget about this week."