Storm postpones Falcons/Oaks


Minford holds 3-0 lead; game resumes Saturday

Alex Hider | PDT Minford’s Bailey Bender and Tyler Compton combine to sack Oak Hill quarterback Lane Burdine in the first quarter of Friday’s game.


Alex Hider

ahider@civitasmedia.com

OAK HILL — The Minford defense had picked up right where it left off on Friday evening — but Mother Nature had other ideas.

The Falcons game with Oak Hill was postponed after lightning struck just nine minutes into Friday’s game. The game will resume on Saturday at 10 p.m., with Minford leading 3-0.

The Minford defense came up large in the opening moments of the game. On the first play from scrimmage, the Falcons forced Matt Gilliland to fumble, and Eli Daniels jumped on the ball at the Minford 20-yard line. About five minutes later, the Falcons were able to recover a muffed punt at the Oak eight-yard line.

However, the Falcons would only come away with three points from the two red-zone turnovers. The Falcons only picked up five yards on their first drive before going four-and-out, and had to settle for a 27-yard Jacob Perry field goal in their second drive.

Neither team generated much offense in the first nine minutes of Friday’s game. The two teams combined for just nine total yards — eight of those being gained by Minford. Tyler Compton currently leads the way with two rushes for five yards.

After the field goal, Oak Hill was able to quickly move the ball into Minford territory, but that’s when the first bolt of lightning of the evening was spotted. The teams were forced to take a 30-minute break with the Falcons leading 3-0.

That projected 30-minute break was eventually stretched to 90 minutes due to constant lightning strikes in the areas surrounding Oak Hill. Not one drop of rain fell on the field at Davis Stadium throughout the delay.

Just before 9 p.m., officials announced that Friday’s game would be postponed until Saturday evening at 7 p.m. The teams will restart where they left off with 3:19 remaining in the first quarter. Oak Hill will resume play with the ball, facing a third-and-seven from their own 49-yard line.

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Alex Hider | PDT Minford’s Bailey Bender and Tyler Compton combine to sack Oak Hill quarterback Lane Burdine in the first quarter of Friday’s game.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2015/09/web1_IMG_2352.jpgAlex Hider | PDT Minford’s Bailey Bender and Tyler Compton combine to sack Oak Hill quarterback Lane Burdine in the first quarter of Friday’s game.
Minford holds 3-0 lead; game resumes Saturday