Big storm forces Week 1 high school football postponements
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org August 30, 2013 9:34PM
Crete- Monee High Sophomore football team players scramble from the field at Thornton Fractional South High School, as their game was stopped by a rapidly approaching storm and lightning, on 8/30/13. #22 Luis Rivera and #66 Kody Reichert lead the pack. | John Booz/ for the Sun-Times Media
Because of the storm that passed through the Chicago area Friday night, many high school football games were postponed.
Here’s a list of games that have been rescheduled:
Stagg at Hillcrest, 10:30 a.m.
Rich South at Morton, 11 a.m.
Curie at Argo, noon
Brother Rice at Shepard, 1 p.m.
Harlan at Richards, 2 p.m.
Bremen at Andrew, 6 p.m.
Downers Grove North at Lockport, 6 p.m.
Hyde Park at Marian Catholic, 6 p.m.
Joliet Central at Rich Central, 6 p.m.
Joliet West at Thornridge, 6 p.m.
Lincoln-Way North at LaSalle-Peru, 6 p.m.
Morgan Park at Thornton, 6 p.m.
Plainfield South at Lemont, 6 p.m.
Providence vs. Joliet Catholic
(at Joliet Memorial Stadium), 6 p.m.
St. Laurence at Reavis, 6 p.m.
Sandburg at Lincoln-Way Central, 6 p.m.
Sycamore at Lincoln-Way West, 6 p.m.
Crete-Monee at T.F. South, 7 p.m.
Lincoln-Way East at Carmel, 7 p.m.
Simeon at Homewood-Flossmoor, 7 p.m.
T.F. North at Bradley, 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix Military at Oak Forest, 7 p.m.
Updated: October 2, 2013 6:43AM
Richards athletic director Ken Styler stood in the parking lot, looking beyond the football field.
Friday night’s 2013 season opener in Oak Lawn between the host Bulldogs and Harlan was in a weather delay. The last vestiges of daylight revealed clear skies to the north mere miles away.
But above the field — and in just about every other direction — the clouds were dark, threatening, spitting out light rain and sending out various patterns of lightning.
The worst part was, they weren’t moving.
“It just won’t come. It’s stagnant,” Styler said of the clear skies and shaking his head. “This bad weather ... this lightning, it’s just staying over our heads.
“We’ll give it until 8:15.”
Some heavy-duty bolts a couple of minutes later brought the decision a little quicker. The game officially was postponed at 8:05 p.m. It was rescheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.
Styler wasn’t alone in his frustration. Opening night football contests across the Chicago area fell victim to a late-afternoon storm that blew in from the north with heavy rain and a heavy dose of lightning.
“Very much so, this is frustrating,” Styler said. “All of the anticipation for a new season, coming out for Week 1, and all the preparation that took place in the summer, and now Mother Nature’s a little angry. There’s not much you can do about it.”
It hit at Richards at the conclusion of the third quarter of the sophomore game, which Oak Forest was leading 14-6. That contest has been declared official.
All Richards senior outside linebacker Andrew Venerable lost Friday was some adrenaline.
“It was so beautiful (Friday),” Venerable said. “It was 95 degrees. That’s kind of hot, but it was a great day to play a football game. Then this just comes out of nowhere.
“It’s a sad day right now, but I’m still looking forward to playing (Saturday). It’s going to be really hard to sleep (Friday night). But I’m going to have to go home, rest up, get a good meal in the morning. Tomorrow is game day.”