ROUND ROCK -- Dragon Stadium was slated to host a non-district matchup between Round Rock and Belton on Thursday night
, until Mother Nature had a late change of plans. Persistant lightning forced the Dragons and Tigers to call the game off.
The two Class 6A teams will face off at Tiger Field, the home stadium of Belton, on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7:30pm
on Friday night. Per UIL rescheduling rules, Round Rock will remain the home team despite the scheduling change.
Round Rock would have opted to reschedule the postponed game for Friday at Dragon Stadium, however, Westwood hosts Austin High at the stadium next to Round Rock high school. The Dragons will instead have to travel up north.
At about 6:30
, the UIL-mandated severe weather light above the stadium's west press box illuminated, meaning lightning and rain were in the vicinity of the field. Per UIL rules, no outdoor athletic competition can be played within thirty minutes of a lightning strike.
The game was preliminarily scheduled to kick off at 7:30pm
, according to stadium officials at the scene. However, the two teams conversed on the field and elected to further delay the game due to an approaching storm cell, and agreed to reconvene at approximately 8:00pm
The rain continued to fall before Round Rock and Belton's coaches met on the track that surrounds Dr. R.L. Peters Jr. Field and announced that the game was to be postponed.
Though this was a non-district match, each team had reason to postpone it and play another day rather than to cancel it completely. For Round Rock, this is the final game before District 13-6A play kicks off, and also the last bout before their bye week. Surely, head coach Jeff Cheatham and crew wanted to avoid having two open weeks in a row.
Round Rock vs Belton was one of several area games to see a cancellation this weekend. Pflugerville and Smithson Valley prematurely departed the turf at The Pfield due to similar lightning-inflicted conditions.