Brian Conn emerged from a hallway meeting with Oxbridge Academy's coach, took a few quick steps to his left and muttered, "We're not gonna go."
Just like that Ida Baker's preseason debut was over, thanks to a persistent series of lightning flashes in the vicinity of the school Friday night.
The teams took the field at the scheduled 7 p.m. start time, but an initial lightning detection at 7:18 prompted a quick exit to the school building and kick-started a delay that ultimately stretched a shade more than two hours before Conn's verbal wave-off at 9:21 p.m.
Each team had two offensive series in 5 minutes, 37 seconds, which ended with the Thunder Wolves leading 7-0. A 32-yard scoring pass from Angelo Navaroli to Tre Gabriel capped their first possession.
The Bulldogs went three-and-out on each of their opportunities, with quarterback Sage Attwood completing 2-of-4 passes for 12 yards and taking one sack for a loss of three.
Running back Izaiah Febles had Baker's lone carry of the night for six yards.
"We were checking the weather," Conn said. "The radar didn't look good. It was still within five miles and they have a long trip back (to West Palm Beach). We were looking at the very earliest starting it after 10, and it just wasn't feasible."
Rather than getting a full game film to assess prior to next Friday's regular season opener against Island Coast, the Bulldogs instead will rely on the brief snippet and a week's worth of practice.
"It's good to see the kids put a game plan into place," Conn said. "They've been looking at their scouting report all week, and we didn't really get a chance to do that. But we'll just have to try again next week and, hopefully, the weather's better. Next week we'll get that game in no matter what."