Rain, lightning delays start of Coal Ridge-Rifle game | PostIndependent.com

Rain, lightning delays start of Coal Ridge-Rifle game

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado – Dark, stormy skies and streaks of lightning pushed back the start time of Friday’s football game between neighboring rivals Coal Ridge and Rifle.

Kickoff was originally slated for 7 p.m., but a lengthy delay pushed the start time back to 8:49 p.m.

Moments before the intended kickoff time at Coal Ridge High School, rain began falling and lightning lit up the sky. Following the pregame proceedings, which included a moment of silence for late Coal Ridge football player Colter Gavito, players were sent back to the locker room to take shelter.

Fans scurried to find cover under which to wait out the storm. A mass of students made their way into the school’s commons area and, eventually, the gymnasium.

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With the delay pushing the game’s finish past the Post Independent’s page deadline, there will be no story in today’s edition. Visit http://www.postindependent.com for a game story, which will also appear in Sunday’s print version of the paper.

Both teams entered the Week 2 contest with 1-0 records and fresh off lopsided victories in Week 1. The Bears defeated Grand Valley, 48-7, and the Titans defeated Eagle Valley, 28-0.


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