Tigers Shocked Out of Buffalo Stadium

Area Lightning Cancels Friday’s Game; Tigers Dealt Loss, 6-12

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Ominous skies loom in the background and give a hint to ultimate outcome of this contest in Petersburg. The non-district contest ended abruptly due to inclement weather, which included ongoing game-ending lightning. In this photo, the Tigers offense prepares to score. The game ended with Groom in possession of the ball with 2:13 left in the first half. The score was Petersburg 12 and Groom 6.

Last Friday, Sept. 18, the Tigers traveled down south to Petersburg in a North vs. South showdown. The event, actually though, became more of a “shutdown.”

The Buffaloes, technically, won the game, 6-12. However, the Tigers were driving down the field when the rain and wind hit. The rain continued for around 10 minutes, and then officials were forced to call the game. UIL rules state that if there is lightning within 10 miles of the field, the players, coaches and fans must go to a safe shelter for 30 minutes from the last strike.

“We set the original deadline of 9:45. Then we set it back to 10:15. There continued to be strikes that would have put us getting home at 3:00 a.m. At that point it was safer to call the game.””

— Jay Lamb, Superintendent

“We set the original deadline of 9:45,” Superintendent Jay Lamb said. “Then we set it back to 10:15. There continued to be strikes that would have put us getting home at 3:00 a.m. At that point it was safer to call the game.”

Everyone went into a safe shelter. The administrators from both schools decided that it was better to go home. The Tigers were around mid-field facing a 4th and 10 with around two minutes left in the first half.

The Tigers went to the passing game to score their only touchdown. Junior Carson Ritter connected with senior Cade Ruthardt for a 5-yard score.

“Cade made an amazing catch,” classmate and teammate Alan Bush said of Ruthard’s snag. “It was the best one all year.”

For those who would like to catch what the broadcast was able to record despite the weather, click here.

This Friday, Sept. 25, the Tigers will be facing off against the Follett Panthers on the Tiger’s field. The game will be at the standard 7:30 p.m kickoff time.