With the scored tied at 6 at halftime, Thursday night’s Week 5 football contest between the Bulldogs and Golden Bears was postponed until Saturday at noon due to unrelenting lightning flashes caused by an evening storm.
“You’ve got statewide grad exams and basically we didn’t want to keep the kids out too late,” Anniston coach Eddie Bullock said.
Lightning flashed as Bullock answered a reporter’s questions outside Anniston’s field house. “We actually wanted to finish it,” Bullock added. “But they claimed a front is still coming through. We could’ve been here until one in the morning with the kids still having to take grad exams. We were basically just looking out for them.”
Alabama High School Athletic Association rules calls for a 30-minute delay before play can begin following each lightning strike. The clock was reset some 10 times during the nearly hour-and-a-half gap between halftime and the postponement.
Following a conference between both schools administrators and coaches, the sides agreed to finish the non-region contest following Friday night’s games to ensure game officials would be available, Bullock said.
Anniston (2-2) scored first on a 3-yard touchdown from running back Troymaine Pope on a fourth-and-goal with 6:40 to play in the first but missed on the point after attempt. Lincoln (2-2) quarterback Sharrod Cochran, who had missed the Golden Bears three previous games due to injury, hooked up with wide receiver Logan Sims for a 20-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-7 with 11:09 to play in the second. But the Golden Bears failed on their extra point attempt as well to leave the game knotted at 6.
Brandon Gaston led Anniston with five carries for 45 yards and Lincoln’s Rod Green had 25 yards on five carries. Anniston junior Jaron James added an interception.
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