The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


October 24, 2013

Here’s mud in your eye!

Head coaches have vivid weather-related memories


Neal Croston, Pymatuning Valley

State championship football game my sophomore year at Blackhawk was canceled because of too much snow on the field. The following week, played the game with snowbanks 12 feet high around the field.

Tony Hassett, Geneva

I can honestly say, that only one delay back in 2009 at Edgewood. We waited about 30 minutes and then finished the game.

Tim Willis, Madison

We played a game against University on a Saturday afternoon, and on Friday, we got six inches of snow. On Saturday, the weather was in the mid-thirties. When we got to the field, about half the snow had melted and by the time the game started, it was hailing sideways and the field was three inches deep of slush.

By half, we had two players with hypothermia, one who was taken to Hillcrest Hospital by ambulance.

At half, the hail turned into a steady downpour. The refs and administrators from both schools called the game in the third quarter with us winning, helping us get into the playoffs.

On the way home on the bus, we had a player go into hypothermia and thankfully, we were passing Hillcrest Hospital, where we were able to have the boy revived. The team had to be in the parking lot for about 90 minutes until his parents got to the hospital.

Josh Franke, Edgewood

I remember playing in a game against our rival high school right around the same time as Hurricane Katrina. Obviously, the hurricane didn’t hit here, but we got all the rain from it. It was a monsoon to say the least. It down poured the whole night, the field was a mess, nothing but mud everywhere. I remember just being drenched in muddy water and having a white long-sleeve Under Armour which was brown after the game, ruined of course. We lost, 7-6. I played receiver and in a game like that, you don’t throw much, but it was still a lot of fun to be apart of.

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