AUGUSTA — Fans hoping to see the area's top high school football players square off against their counterparts from Georgia had those hopes put on hold Saturday.
With heavy rains and more moving through the area throughout the afternoon, the first playing of the Border Bowl at Laney High School's football stadium was moved to today at 1 p.m.
Teams had already taken the field for warmups and player introductions, and the captains were lined up for a coin toss when a delay was announced.
“Initially they said there was going to be a 15-minute delay,” said North Augusta head coach Dan Pippin. “When we cleared the field, it got real bad.”
That happened around 1:15 p.m., and the rains only got heavier once the teams left the field for the delay. As fans huddled under concessions awnings and umbrellas, the wind picked up.
“Everyone would rather play (Saturday), obviously,” Pippin said, pointing to a lightning strike that affected the stadium's power as one of the deciding factors for the postponement. “So then it was like, ‘OK, we need to go.'”
Tickets purchased will still be good for today's game, and tickets are still available for $5 for those who didn't already have one.
Jeremy Timmerman has a journalism degree from Mercer University. For updates, follow him on Twitter @ASJTimm.