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Gators postponed until Saturday morning

September 6, 2013
By PETE SISK - Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Island Coast must wait a little longer for a chance at its first high school football victory this season. The Gators' game at Riverdale was rescheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday after weather washed out Friday's 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

The lightning detector at Riverdale's Karl Engel Field went off shortly before 7 p.m. Friday. Clouds rolled in from the east and northeast and didn't leave. Lightning kept striking in the area. At 8 p.m. the announcement was made that the game would be postponed.

Island Coast coach Joe Bowen was disappointed. Before the postponement he had been offering to wait as long as necessary to get the game in Friday night.

"Everybody's in the same situation," Bowen said. "Kids have jobs, they're helping out their families. Coaches have other responsibilities. It's unfortunate we couldn't play tonight. I wanted to play tonight. I could have waited until midnight."

Riverdale coach Rob Hinson sympathized, but said weather reports showed no chance of the weather improving in time to play.

"There's a waiting game if it's clearing," Hinson said. "But we've been staring at the radar for the last two hours. It doesn't look like it's going to break any time soon. It could be an all-nighter. And if it did clear you've got to take in the field. You've got to have a playable field.

"It's the same for everyone," Hinson said. "You've got to get kids up in the morning and get them here, and just try to refocus and get back to playing."

Bowen understood the safety concerns raised by lightning.

"You need to be (concerned)," Bowen said. "We should be careful when it comes to lightning and kids' safety. I'm not arguing with that at all. I just wanted to push it back a little farther, but it is what it is."

The Gators dropped their season opener against Ida Baker as a 14-3 third quarter lead evaporated into a 32-14 defeat.

Island Coast faces a Riverdale team smarting from a 47-0 loss to South Fort Myers in its opener.



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