Lightning strikes twice at Memorial Stadium (VIDEO)
Sept. 20, 2013 at 4:20 a.m.
Updated Sept. 21, 2013 at 4:21 a.m.
The East Titan
Senior Grace Kettling, 17, puts on a giant head every week to play the Titan, one of the Victoria East High School mascots.
Lightning in football pads struck at Memorial Stadium before the real thing flashed across the sky, forcing the cancellation of Friday night's game between Corpus Christi King and Victoria East.
The two teams combined for five touchdowns in less than eight minutes of play in the first quarter when the contest was called off about 8:45 p.m. because of the inclement weather.
A lightning delay had been called about 40 minutes earlier, but continued lightning forced the cancellation.
The first strike on the turf came from Victoria East (1-2) when running back Jose Oviedo burst through the middle of the Mustangs defense for a 55-yard score. Kelsey Ferry added the point after, and the Titans led 7-0 with 8:51 remaining in the first quarter. Key in the five-play drive was a 31-yard completion from Jonathan Ortega to Dillon Lippe.
East's lead didn't last long.
After an offsides penalty by the Titans on first down, King's Razhan Williams matched Oviedo's score with a 62-yard scoring run of his own. Justin Aminzadeh added the PAT, and the score was tied at 7-7 with 8:23 to go.
East would respond quickly, though.
Starting at the 14, quarterback Ortega ran for 13 yards. Then facing a third and three, Ortega barely made the first down, moving the ball to the 40.
Ortega then hooked up with Cameron Williams on a 21-yard pass play to the King 39. Oviedo took it the rest of the way on the next play, scoring from 39 yards out. Ferry added the point after, and East lead 14-7.
Then the gridiron lightning got even more active.
King's Helcy Thompson hauled in the East kickoff at the 32 and found his way through the Titan defenders for a 68-yard touchdown. The kick by Aminzadeh tied the score at 14.
The Titans were penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct after the score. The penalty was marked off on the kickoff, and King recovered an onside kick at the East 29-yard line.
It only took one play for the Mustangs to find paydirt again as Bronze Jackson found Daniel Johnson alone in the end zone. After the PAT, King (1-2) led 21-14.
Then the dark night sky lit up with lightning of its own, prompting cancellation of the game.
The game will not be rescheduled because it is a non-district game.