Weather fizzles out fall football classics

Lightning strikes in the sky above Bradford fans Michael Wright, left, and Tristan Deguzman as they talk in the parking lot of Citizens Field during a delay of the football fall classic between Bradford and Buchholz on Thursday.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer
Published: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 10:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 10:16 p.m.

Both Buchholz and Bradford will have to wait another week, in their season openers, before having football competition.


Tonight's games

Palm Bay Heritage at Gainesville (Citizens Field), 7 p.m.
Palatka at Eastside, 7 p.m.
Tallahassee John Paul II at St. Francis, 7 p.m.
Cocoa Beach at Lafayette, 7 p.m.
Oak Hall at Ocala Christian Academy, 7 p.m.
Bronson at Wildwood, 7 p.m.
Orange Park Ridgeview at Keystone Heights, 7 p.m.
Interlachen at Victory Christian, 7 p.m.
Santa Fe at P.K. Yonge, 7 p.m.
Brooksville Central at Williston
West Orange at Columbia
Trenton at Newberry
Bell at Chiefland
Fort White at Dixie County
Union County at Hilliard
Madison County at Suwannee

In Thursday's preseason fall classic at Citizens Field, Mother Nature was the big winner.

After nearly a two-hour lightning delay, officials finally called it at about 8:45 p.m. Efforts to reschedule it for today couldn't be agreed upon.

The Bobcats, 3-7 a year ago, opens their season at Citizens Field a week from today against city-rival Eastside. Bradford, also 3-7 in 2013 but playoff worthy with a 3-1 District 4-4A record, hosts 5A Suwannee. Both games are at 7:30 p.m.

Weather also affected the two other area games on Thursday. Branford at The Villages was suspended with no score in the game. They will attempt to restart this game today at 6 p.m. at The Villages.

Also at Hawthorne, Florida School for the Deaf was leading the Hornets 6-0 when the game was called because of weather. Hawthorne will host Jacksonville Cedar Christian in its season opener next Friday.

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