(Temple Athletics courtesy photo)
(Temple Athletics courtesy photo)

BRYAN – The Temple-Bryan rivalry which was scheduled to resume this season will have to wait another year. Heavy rains and lightning in the Bryan/College Station area Friday night caused Merrill Green Stadium to be unplayable and forced the two teams to cancel Friday nights contest.

Temple (1-1) coming off last Friday’s 49-48 loss at Austin Westlake was looking to return to the win column and started off strong to start the game as the Wildcats forced the Vikings into a three and out to start the game with Temple defensive tackle Gilberto Hernandez sacked Bryan quarterback B.J. Ross for a 3-yard loss on 3rd and 7.

Three consecutive runs by Jeff Carr gave the Wildcats a first down, however, that’s when lightning was detected in the vicinity of Merrill Green Stadium with 9:31 left in the first quarter. At that point players, coaches along with fans were asked to evacuate the stadium.

Under UIL guidelines, there must be a 30 minute lightning free period before players are allowed on the field. Unfortunately for the Wildcats and Vikings there was never more than a minute between lightning strikes.

“Our kids were ready to play some football. It’s just unfortunate, but we can’t do anything about the weather.” said Coach Mike Spradlin. The two teams attempted to wait out the storm but with increased lightning and no forecast end to the rain soon, both sides agreed at 9:15 the game could not be played on Friday night.

With no corresponding open dates on the schedule, the game will not be made up and the long time rivalry will resume next season at Wildcat Stadium.

Now the Wildcats will set their sights on next weeks opponent Harker Heights which will travel to Temple. Harker Heights (3-0) is coming off a 52-13 victory over Waco University on Thursday night.