The players and fans were ready, the concession stands were open and everybody was set for high school football to return a little closer to normal.
But then the lightning, thunder and rain came, pushing back the 2021 season openers for 10 Berks County teams until Saturday.
Berks Catholic started its game at 5 p.m. and played nearly one half. It was enough for the Saints and Executive Education Academy to call it a game with Berks Catholic getting a 46-12 victory.
Schuylkill Valley, Kutztown and Fleetwood also got their season openers in, avoiding the widespread storms that postponed or delayed many other games.
Kutztown defeated Shenandoah Valley 27-14 for its second straight win. Fleetwood lost to West Chester Henderson 27-14. Schuylkill Valley lost to Springfield (Montco) 35-7.
Boyertown’s game against Upper Perkiomen got started but was suspended and will resume today at 9 a.m.
Eight games were postponed until today, starting with Central York at Exeter and Muhlenberg at Ephrata, both at 11 a.m.
In a noon kickoff, Conrad Weiser will visit Cocalico. McCaskey will play Reading High at 3 p.m. at Albright’s Shirk Stadium.
Rescheduled for 6 p.m. were Central Dauphin at Wilson and Gov. Mifflin at York.
The only game between two Berks teams will kick off at 7 p.m. when Wyomissing visits Daniel Boone. Garden Spot at Twin Valley also has been rescheduled for 7 p.m.
Those nine Berks teams will join Hamburg in opening their seasons on today. Hamburg will play at York Tech at 1 p.m. in the only game involving a Berks team originally scheduled for today.
Last year many fans were forced to stay away from high school football games because of crowd limitations imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Those who were able to attend missed out on some of the staples at high school football games such as hot dogs and band performances.
Some fans got to hear the bands play and visit the concession stands before the stadiums were emptied. But they’ll have to wait one more day to see high school football.
Source: Berkshire mont