West, Bay City game postponed after 2-hour rain delay

Julie Garcia By Julie Garcia

Sept. 20, 2013 at 4:20 a.m.
Updated Sept. 21, 2013 at 4:21 a.m.

BAY CITY - The elements raged in the Crossroads early Friday evening, canceling 12 area football games, but a short dry pocket in Matagorda County lasted long enough for the Victoria West Warriors to take on the Blackcats and score twice in the first quarter before the game was delayed because of lightning.

Nearly two hours later, dedicated fans remained in the stands, waiting for their Warriors to return to the field.

Sue Ortego flew from Alabama for the weekend to see her grandson, Jeremy Law, play on the field.

Ortego has seen Law, wide receiver for the Warriors, play plenty of times before, but she wanted to watch him under the Friday night lights during his senior season.

"She warned me about the weather," Ortego said, pointing at Law's mother, April.

"I'm a little disappointed," she said before the rain started falling again.

West coach Leonard McAngus knew that hard rain was a possibility for the game long before the team boarded the bus.

"There's not a whole lot you can do to prepare for rain," McAngus said, after practice Thursday. "Our kids have practiced a few times in the rain, but it's one of those deals where you decide you're going to play hard, forget about the rain, (forget) about the elements because it's wet on both sides of the field."

When a lightning strike caused the first delay, forgetting the elements was out of the question for the team that was quickly evacuated to the locker room to wait.

The Warriors scored on the first two scoring drives of the game, first by Jonathan Jimenez on a 32-yard reception, which was his sixth touchdown catch this season.

Quarterback Anthony Navarro scored on the Warriors' next possession with a 3-yard run into the end zone at 2:54 left in the first quarter.

Senior kicker Ernesto Perez kicked in both extra points.

Then the lightning began.

After a long wait by officials to see whether lightning would cease, the game was officially postponed at 9:55 p.m.

The game will resume at 1 p.m. Saturday at El Campo's Ricebirds stadium. Tickets are not needed to get into the game.



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