Inclement weather impacted several area high school football games Friday, with two schools canceling games.
Lambert canceled its game against Peachtree Ridge, while West Forsyth’s game against Roswell was also canceled.
Pinecrest Academy postponed its game against Athens Christian until 6 p.m. Monday.
South Forsyth was the only area team to finish its game Friday, with the War Eagles beating South Gwinnett 35-28.
Denmark’s marquee matchup against Forsyth Central was pushed from its scheduled date but has not been canceled as of press time Friday. Denmark head coach Terry Crowder and Central head coach Frank Hepler met with officials around 8:50 p.m. Friday and planned to allow players to start warming up by 9:15 p.m., but lightning in the area forced the two teams to postpone the game.
According to Georgia High School Association guidelines, players must wait 30 minutes after a lightning strike before returning to the field. “Any subsequent lightning strike or thunder after the beginning of the 30-minute count should reset the clock and another count should begin,” the handbook reads.
Pinecrest will resume its game against Athens Christian with a 6-0 lead and 41 seconds left in the first quarter. The Paladins scored less than two minutes into the game on a 27-yard pass from quarterback Bryce Balthaser to Ethan Massey.
The Paladins also unveiled their new turf football field ahead of Friday’s game.
Lambert trailed Peachtree Ridge 7-0 with 11 minutes left in the second quarter before the game was canceled. Lambert drove down to the Lions’ 4-yard line on its opening drive, but Peachtree Ridge blocked Alex Mitchell’s 21-yard field goal attempt.
The drive was interrupted by a brief weather delay.
West’s game against Roswell was the first area matchup that was canceled, with an announcement coming from Roswell principal Robert Shaw at around 8 p.m. According to Shaw, fans who bought a ticket at the game will be refunded if they keep their ticket stub.
Central’s highly anticipated matchup with Denmark never got off the ground, as players were forced off the field just before kickoff.
According to Denmark athletic director Jamie Corr, the two teams are exploring their options, though Denmark’s bye week is Nov. 1 and Central’s is Oct.4.
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