Last Friday's lightning and rain has forced high School football teams to begin their regular season blind and cold off the bench.
For Island Coast and others, it will be their first contact action against someone other than themselves
"I'm hoping next week will be a little less thunderous," Gators coach Wayne Blair said after his preseason game never kicked off last week. "And dry."
The Gators visit Ida Baker tonight to start the season at 7:30 p.m.
"They've been looking at their scouting report all week, and we didn't really get a chance to do that," said Baker coach Brian Conn. "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."
Cape Coral, which played less than a quarter and scored off a forced turnover, hosts East Lee County tonight eager to see what their true team strengths are.
Lightning kept Mariner off the field at South Fort Myers last week, so its game plans will be revealed tonight against Estero at Tony McKenna Field where lightning took the life of one of their players many years ago.
Former Tritons and NFL standout Earnest Graham sees his first meaningful action as a head coach tonight when North Fort Myers hosts Braden River.
Those are just a few of the more than 30 games on the schedule tonight in Southwest Florida.
Others include Oasis at Donahue Academy; Fort Myers at Bishop Verot; Dunbar at Naples; South Fort Myers at Riverdale; St. John Neumann at Cypress Lake; Franklin County at Evangelical Christian; Gateway Charter at Southwest Florida Christian; North Port at Charlotte; Port Charlotte at Lemon Bay; and Cardinal Mooney at LaBelle.