The storms that raged throughout the southeastern Wisconsin area on the opening night of football on Aug. 19. had a wide reach.
Even Brown Deer visiting Sheboygan Falls was affected, as the Falcons saw their contest with Falls shortened to three quarters in a game 15-0 defeat.
"We actually waited around until about 10:30 p.m.," said Brown Deer coach Rob Green, "but then the kids started getting tired and sore. The storm actually reached as far north as Oostburg. There was a big line (of storms) that just kept hovering just below (south) of us. Nothing ever big really came over the top of us, but there was lightning in the area.
"We were actually about five minutes from getting back on the field when they eventually called it. It's just something we have to live with."
Still, Green was pleased with the effort for his young and thin squad., especially on the defensive side of the ball.
"Oh yeah, from a competitive standpoint we were very competitive," he said. "That was very much a positive. I thought it was a very well played football game. I thought we had a very good defensive first half."
The Falcons will try to bounce back when they visit Whitefish Bay Dominican at Whitefish Bay High School at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Dominican lost a 32-30 thriller to Bay View in its opener.In the game against Bay View.
Sheboygan Falls took the lead in the second quarter on a 39-yard TD pass. green said was a well-executed fade pattern. In the third quarter, behind a veteran offensive line, then Falls put together an 80-yard drive, scoring on a 10-yard run to make it 15-0.
The Falcons' offense had a hard time getting things going in the first half but caught a break when Thomas Kelly made a 50-yard punt return to the Falls' 35. The Falcons earned a couple of first downs but then an interception ended the effort.
Then the storms came.
"We were hoping to get back out there because I think we were starting to figure things out," said Green, "but we never got out there again."
Green said that first-year quarterback Lonny Berry is starting to figure things out and praised the back seven on defense including Eric Freuler, Sedric Nettles, Jordan McKinley, Kelly and others.
"We came out of this largely intact which was important," said Green. "To get out there and compete like we did was a huge lift for us."