Findlay High School’s first home football game of the season has left people talking. The Friday night game started with a 7 p.m. kickoff, and ended at 2 a.m., due to a four-hour thunderstorm delay.
The game kicked off as usual with students and FHS fans cheering in the bleachers. It wasn’t until the end of third quarter, that things started to get a little unusual. While rumors of a thunderstorm spread, lightening was spotted several times causing the game to delay right at the end of the third quarter.
However, the lightening didn’t stop students and fans from cheering on the team and having plenty of school spirit. Some people waited for the storm to pass, but other’s called it a night when the third hour of the delay rolled around.
Although a four-hour delay is a bit excessive, the team didn’t have a choice in the matter.
“Grove City’s coach wanted us to forfeit, but our coaches didn’t want that,” sophomore football player Devin Zimmerman said. “I think it was hard for a lot of
the players because we were all tired and worn out.”
Varsity football coach Mark Ritzler was determined that the game would be completed within the night.
“If we have to play at 1 a.m. we’ll play at 1 a.m.” Ritzler said.
Despite the long wait, the game eventually started up again around 1:30 a.m.
Four hours later, there were still devoted fans waiting for the game to start back up. Although it was late, many of the fans still had excitement.
“I feel like I had more spirit because it was so late and I was excited for them to play after such a long wait,” junior Kendyl Junge said.
With one quarter left to go, there were still football fans cheering the team on, the game eventually coming to a close at 2 a.m.
“It seemed like the longest game in history,” sophomore Alexis Rothenbuhler said.
Although there was a long wait, and thunderstorm delay, FHS did not forfeit the game and ended up the victors, with a close score of 27-25.
Photos by Lindsay Blackwell