Many area football games started early because of the chance of severe weather, but the Pleasant Ridge Homecoming game against league rival McLouth started at 7 p.m., but was stopped at 7:37 p.m. for lightning.
The storm slowly crept closer and the lightning became more frequent and severe.
Rain eventually came down in sheets while some fans were still hanging around the parking lot and others had already went inside for the Homecoming dance.
The Rams and Bulldogs were tied at 6-6 with 9:35 left in the first half.
The game will resume at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Pleasant Ridge started off pounding right through the Bulldogs’ defense. Quarterback Nick Holmes capped off a 12-play, 65-yard drive with a touchdown run from three yards out.
Holmes couldn’t power through the line on the conversion try, so the Rams settled for the 6-0 lead with 6:38 left in the first quarter.
Four different players carried the ball for the Rams on the drive. Holmes had 28 yards, Kyle Grantham had 20, Jason Simonis had five and Blake Graham had a carry for 12 yards.
McLouth answered back quickly with a nine-play drive that ended with a 29-yard run for a touchdown with 3:05 left in the first quarter.
The extra point holder couldn’t handle the snap and was brought down short of the goal line after scrambling to the left, so it kept it 6-6.
The Bulldogs converted a fourth down off a fake punt to keep that drive alive, and the touchdown came two plays later.
The Rams turned it over on downs and went three-and-out on their next two drives.
McLouth went three-and-out between the two Pleasant Ridge drives.
The Immaculata Raiders Homecoming game was stopped at halftime because of the weather, and will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Jefferson County North leads 12-8 at the break.
JCN scored a touchdown in each of the first two quarters, but the Raiders got a 60-yard touchdown pass from Drew Sachen to Cory Holcomb to bring Immaculata within four after a 2-point conversion.