Steady lightning postpones Cats, Pats matchup

Photo by Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald
Heritage Hills fan Larry Seger of Lamar stays dry in his waterfowl hunting gear as fans wait for news during the weather delay that eventually postponed Friday's football game in Jasper until today at 3 p.m. Seger is a 1987 graduate of Heritage Hills High School, where he played football. He said he loves the sport and attends the big match ups. For more photos, click here.


JASPER — There’s a quote from the movie Forrest Gump that begins, “One day it started raining, and it didn’t quit for four months.”

The Jasper and Heritage Hills football teams probably felt like Friday night’s rain felt like four months worth as the battle between the two teams was postponed until today at 3 p.m. EST due to heavy rain and constant lightning.

The game’s start was originally delayed from 8 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. but every time a lightning strike was spotted, 30 minutes were added to the delay.

According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, the rule states when thunder is heard or lightning is seen, play must be suspended for 30 minutes. Any subsequent thunder or lightning after the beginning of the 30 minute count will reset the clock and another 30 minute count shall begin.

Both Jasper and Heritage Hills agreed to start the game no later than 10:30 p.m. EST but as the lightning strikes continued due to strong cells in the area, the decision was determined to postpone the game until Saturday afternoon.

This isn’t the first time that Heritage Hills and Jasper have had to play their annual football matchup on a Saturday afternoon.

In 2012, the Patriots and Wildcats met on a Saturday after rain caused the postponement. The Wildcats ended up winning that game 14-0.

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