THOMSON — Those impressive jukes and bursts by Burke County’s Donquell Green never happened Friday night. At least not officially.
As coaches, school administrators and officials stood on the field during a lightning delay at the Burke County-Thomson game, lightning flashed in the sky. After the scene continued for more than an hour, the game was called at 9:22 p.m. with Burke County leading 21-0 with 10:26 in the second quarter. The game will not be considered official.
Both coaches said the game isn’t likely to be rescheduled because the teams are in different regions. Burke County is one classification higher at Class AAAA.
“A loss of playing time hurts,” Bears coach Eric Parker said. “But there’s nothing we can do about that. We have to consider the safety of everybody involved first.”
Both teams have a bye next weekend, but Parker had already decided to use that time to allow his players to visit colleges.
There were hopes to move the game to Thursday, but those plans also fell through. Both coaches also said today wasn’t discussed as an option.
“It’s just so difficult to do,” Parker said about coming up with a date that works for both teams. “I really thought we’d get this in no problem.”
The cancellation erased what was looking to be a huge night for Green. On the first offensive play of the season, Green faked a handoff and broke away for a 79-yard touchdown. On his next carry, Green sidestepped a defender and took it 23 yards for a score.
Later in the first quarter, Green found an open Untorrey Thomas for another touchdown.
Green put up 235 yards of offense in the first quarter, needing only three rushes and six pass attempts as Burke County averaged 26.1 yards per play.
But everything is erased.
“The lightning kept striking,” Bulldogs coach Milan Turner said. “Then it gets to the point where it becomes dangerous.”