BUTLER – August football tends to have its fair share of weather problems.
Bracken County is fully aware of this, having games suspended in their previous two seasons. Make that a third straight season as the Polar Bears contest with Pendleton County was halted with 3:29 left in the first quarter due to lightning.
The suspended game will be restarted Saturday morning at 11 a.m., with the Polar Bears leading 6-0. Pendleton County will have the ball on their own 37-yard line, facing a third down and five.
Prior to the lightning, Bracken County was able to match its offensive season point total with a 13-play, 70-yard opening drive that spanned 7:03 off the clock.
Conversions for the Polar Bears on third and fourth and long made Tad Fisher’s two-yard touchdown run happen. Trey Brausch found Fisher over the middle on a 3rd and 11 to extend the drive followed by a 4th and 11 conversion via a Wildcats’ pass interference. Brausch then reeled off a 18-yard run on a 3rd and 16 to get down to the Wildcats two-yard line, that set up Fisher’s leap for the end zone on the next play.
They’d fail the two-point try.
Pendleton County then ran two offensive plays starting at their own 32-yard line before the first lightning strike was seen at 7:47 p.m.
Officials waited until 9 p.m. to make a decision and with a slow moving storm yet to hit, they decided to suspend the game until the morning.
The Wildcats lead the all-time rivalry series 9-2, but Bracken won the last contest and are off on a good note in this one.
POLAR BEARS 6, WILDCATS 0 (SUSPENDED, 1ST QUARTER, 3:29)
(BC) Fisher 2-yard run (pass failed) 4:57