Weather stalls opener for Hornets and Tigers


Lafayette tailback Jajuan Commacho hurdles a Trenton tackler before lightning ended both teams' season opener. (Photo submitted by Jack Howdeshell)

Published: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 1:06 a.m.

MAYO — For a half, the Trenton and Lafayette game went pretty much as usual. Close.

But then the lightning came, and the rain, and by 9:45 p.m. on Friday, the officials called it with the Tigers and Hornets tied at 7 in the season-opener for the Class 1A ranked rivals.

It wasn't so much the rain that ended it, but the constant lightning, which at times was spectacular in the sky.

“It is disappointing because of the amount of time we put in to prepare,” said Lafayette coach Joey Pearson, whose Hornets are ranked No. 5 in the preseason poll. “We felt like it was a great game setting up for a great second half. But it is something you can't control, you have to roll with it.

“There is a chance we could have a great rematch with them in the playoffs. I don't know if this will count as a tie or not.”

After a scoreless first quarter, both teams found the end zone early in the second.

The Hornets, starting at their own 4-yard line, drove 96 yards on 11 plays, taking advantage of two 15-yard personal foul penalties by the Tigers, and capping it off on a 13-yard scoring pass from Brycen Lee to Tim Fleming. The highlight of the drive was a 32-yard completion from Lee to Kayne Hurst.

The Tigers came right back on their next offensive possession. On the third play, quarterback Stephen Smith tossed a perfect strike to Hamp Cheevers for a 68-yard touchdown, tying the game at 7-7 with 11:06 to play in the first half.

Prior to that, the Hornets defense was playing tough, keeping Trenton's run game pretty much contained

“Obviously, you want to play the game, I'm disappointed about that,” said Trenton coach Andrew Thomas, whose Tigers played in the state 1A final last year and entered this season ranked No. 2. “I wanted to finish it. We still have a lot of work to do. We had a lot of little mistakes here and there. I didn't feel like we played very well.

“You feel like you struggled because you didn't do very good and you are still tied. I guess that is the positive out of it. We have some work to do in some areas.”

In the last two years, these two teams met four times, opening the regular season and playing in the state playoffs. Trenton had won the last four meetings coming into Friday.

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