Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - The Coronado Mustangs and the Tascosa Rebels kicked off Thursday night and shook hands Friday morning. While most folks were asleep the two teams went head to head at Lowrey Field and played until almost 1:30 a.m.
Severe weather hit the field at the same time the teams were scheduled to run the first play. "It was imperative we make an attempt to get the game in," said David Harrison who spent the night trying to find a window to play the district game.
The Rebels drove in from Amarillo and the decision to go ahead and play is based on coaches. The players got to the field at 5:30 p.m. and kick off was set for 7:30 p.m. The teams did not get to warm up until just after 10:30.
"You have to wait 30 minutes after lightening strikes," said Jim Bob Burgoon who teaches at LISD and is part of the chain crew on game day.
"I think they probably should have played another day but they never ask mom," laughingly said Mustang mom Stephanie Hazuka.
Bennie Rainwater who came to watch her nephew said on any normal night she would have been in bed for hours.
Half time hit just a few minutes into Friday.
There were no instant replays, and so many of the bleachers were bare. The band went home, but there was one cheerleader. "I've been doing cheers by myself," said Maddie Murrel, who is part of the Mustang squad.
"At first it was let's get this on or go home," said Tascosa Football Booster President Laurie Grady who drove in from Amarillo for the game. Grady says she wouldn't miss a Rebel game.
The Mustangs struggled from the beginning. "I think the only thing they will complain about is waking up and getting ready to go to school because they still have to get up and go," said Mustang mom Nancy Lira.
"That's the number one priority. These kids have to go to class and they need to take that into consideration," said Burgoon about the timing of the overnight game.
"This is the first time I can remember us starting this late," said Harrison. LISD does not have a time restriction for how late games start, but it is something Harrison believes will come up for discussion.
"This will start the conversation on whether it needs to be put in the policy." While the Mustangs left the field around 1:30 a.m. their teachers expect them in their seats when the first bell rings.
A game that started Thursday night, ended under the Friday morning lights. The Rebels won 51 to 7.
LISD says coaches looked at rescheduling the game for Friday, but a double header is already scheduled and the field is booked Saturday. The match up was a district game.
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