Memory Lane: Unity football game delayed by storm
EACH WEEK, WE’LL TAKE A LOOK BACK AT A MEMORABLE MOMENT IN PREPS HISTORY, THANKS TO THE WORDS OF THE NEWS-GAZETTE
This week: With the remnants of Hurricane Isaac headed this way, we look back at Unity's football game in 2004, which was delayed because of inclement weather.
Date: Aug. 28, 2004
Headline: Unity rolls early before game delayed
By JOE COUGHLIN
TOLONO — The Unity Rockets were on their way to blowing out the Clifton Central Comets in their football season opener Friday night.
The Rockets led 20-0 with one minute left in the first half when they were stopped suddenly — not by the Comets' defense, but by Mother Nature.
The game was halted, and after a 30-minute wait, officials decided to postpone the game until 7 p.m. today.
Referee Brian Hebert said the IHSA requires a 30-minute wait after the last sighting of lightning before resuming a game. The problem was the lightning never stopped.
Unity Principal Phil Morrison checked area weather services and found there were multiple storms around the area.
"Both teams mutually agreed to play tomorrow at 7," Morrison said. "The same thing is happening at St. Joe's."
The game will resume with Unity on the 50-yard line — a mark the Comets did not touch in the first half.
The Rockets' defense limited Clifton Central to two first downs in the first half.
Unity did not have to punt in the first half and scored on back-to-back possessions late in the first quarter.
Rockets fullback Henry Deters started the scoring with a 49-yard touchdown run. Deters later scored on a 1-yard run.
Not much went right for the Comets. When Clifton Central lined up for its fourth punt, the snap sailed over the punter's head and was recovered by Cody Stunkard for a touchdown.
Deters nearly had 100 yards rushing by the end of the first half.
The game will continue at 7 p.m. today with Unity on the 50-yard line and facing a fourth down.