The second half of the football contest between Anniston High School and Lincoln High School will take place at 7 tonight, after a lightning storm halted the game at halftime Thursday with the score tied at 6.
Officials from both schools had agreed Thursday night to play the second half on Saturday at noon. But Anniston schools Superintendent Joan Frazier said this morning that the state athletics association had told her staff the game must be played on the next available date. That’s today.
“Also, the coaches have to agree,” Frazier said. “That was the challenge.”
The half-game will be played at Anniston’s Lott-Mosby Memorial Stadium. Frazier said no admission will be charged.
Lincoln Principal Terry Roller said his Golden Bears would wear their darker-colored jerseys tonight, traditionally reserved for home games, while Anniston’s Bulldogs would switch to lighter colors. That’s a switch from what each team sported Thursday night.
“Those uniforms are still wet from last night,” Roller said.
The halftime storm Thursday delayed resumption of play for nearly an hour and a half as lightning continued to flash. State rules say play may not resume for at least 30 minutes after each flash of lightning. Because students this week are taking the state’s high school exit exam, officials decided against waiting the storm out any later.