Weather delays, cancels HS football games in North Texas

Several high school football games were either delayed or canceled Thursday night due to weather, and a flash flood watch is in effect until Sunday morning.

There weren't many people in the stands at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex when the first lightning delay was announced. There, Denton Ryan was supposed to play Keller.

But those who were in the stands were happy to comply.

"They have to keep it safe for everyone to get everybody off the metal bleachers in case of lighting,” said fan Michelle Smith. “Better to be safe than sorry.”

Keller and Denton Ryan football players were waiting to warm up with coaches ready to get on the field, but by 6:30 p.m., they were still under a delay.

Keller ISD athletic director Bob Jejonge is the one monitor for lightning and makes the final call.

"Whenever we have lightning occur within 10 miles, it’s 30 more minutes,” he said. “You’ll be waiting ‘til it’s safe for fans and for football teams and bands to get back out there.”

Around 7 p.m., the teams took the field to practice. It was exciting but short-lived -- lightning nearby forced another delay before the game was canceled.

Thursday night was also supposed to be homecoming for the Frisco Centennial Titans. They were supposed to play the Liberty High Redhawks, but instead, everyone had to go home.

Thursday night’s varsity game between Denton Guyer and Byron Nelson was originally planned for Friday, but officials had decided to move the game up to Thursday night, hoping for better weather.

That didn't work. After more than an hour of delays, with on and off storms, that game was canceled as well.

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