Lightning Postpones Jamestown Game

Jamestown coach Tom Langworthy talks to the Red Raiders during pregame at Charles Dingboom Field at Riverside High School on Thursday evening. The game was eventually postponed due to several lightning delays. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

BUFFALO — Jamestown High School football coach Tom Langworthy gathered his team in the locker room on Thursday night and gave them a pep talk.

The chat had nothing to do with Xs and Os, however.

Repeated lightning in the sky over Charles Dingboom Field at Riverside High School, and the required 30-minute delay for each sighting, forced the postponement of last night’s Class AA football game with Hutch Tech before the ball was even kicked off.

The contest has been rescheduled for noon Saturday at All High Stadium, located on Main Street in Buffalo.

“I think it’s a great lesson for our kids that there are certain things in life that you can control and certain things you can’t, and we can’t control the weather, but we can control how to react to it,” Langworthy said. “We need to come back with a positive attitude (today), have a good, quick, efficient practice and then come back (to Buffalo) on Saturday.”

Although it never rained, Langworthy had a pretty good idea the game wouldn’t be played after the lightning delays went beyond an hour.

“Once we got to about 8:15 I knew it was starting to look slim,” Langworthy said. “I would have stayed to 10 to play it, but I’m in the minority on that, and the game management staff and referees called it. We came out there to play and I would have played at any hour. Again, some of that is out of our control.”

The Red Raiders opened their season with a 22-20 victory over Frontier last Friday, while the Engineers fell to Williamsville North, 28-0, in their Week One opener.