Severe weather halts 2 games in Carroll County

September 04, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The North Carroll Panthers will have to wait another day to get their revenge on the Francis Scott Key football team.

Steady thunder and lightning along with off-and-on showers postponed last night's game at Key -- the season opener for both teams. The two teams will try again tonight at 7 in Uniontown.

Last night's Woodlawn-at-Westminster game was also postponed because of the inclement weather. It will be replayed tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster.

North Carroll has waited a year to avenge a 15-8 setback to Key in the 1992 season opener at North Carroll. The win ended a 21-game losing streak for Key, which finished the season at 3-7, and started a 10-game skid for the Panthers, who will look to break it tonight.

The gate never opened at Key last night. A crowd waited in cars, in the school and under cover outside. The game was finally postponed at around 8 p.m. A deciding factor came when lightning struck and blew out a set of stadium lights.

North Carroll's Bill Rumbaugh also will have to wait another day to make his head coaching debut. Rumbaugh, who replaced Randy Clark, was a former assistant at Loudoun County High School in Virginia.

Key coach Mike Coons said his team was ready.

"We would have certainly preferred to play the game tonight and I think Bill [Rumbaugh] and his kids were ready to go to," Coons said.

"The one problem we may face tomorrow is getting officials, we had out-of-county officials here tonight and they'll be working a different game tomorrow."

The Woodlawn-Westminster game was postponed an hour after its scheduled 7:30 start, delaying the debut of Woodlawn first-year coach Brian Scriven.

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