NEW HAVEN — After a couple of lightning delays, the Carroll-New Haven football game was postponed to 3 p.m. today.
New Haven (3-0, 1-0 NHC) leads Carroll (3-0, 1-0 NHC) 20-7 midway through the third quarter. The game was officially postponed at 10 p.m.
“It is the same situation for both teams,” New Haven coach Jim Rowland said of having to resume 17 hours later. “You can’t say it’s worse for one or the other.”
The second delay came at 5:22 of the third, just three minutes after the first delay had ended.
“I am not sure (the delay) contributes nor negates what you have to do (today),” Carroll coach Doug Dinan said. “The bottom line is every time you step onto the field, you have to prepare yourself to play. We weren’t positive in the first half, and we come out in the (third), and we got some momentum.”
Just before the second delay, Carroll’s Stallone Yovanovitch had intercepted a tipped pass by New Haven’s Kevin Ware and gave the Chargers a first down at the Bulldogs’ 11-yard line.
“We came out and turned the ball over, so we have to roll with the punches,” Rowland said. “We have a 13-point lead with a quarter-and-a-half left, so it’s our game to lose.”
Play was suspended by lightning the first time with 7:52 remaining in the third quarter and the Bulldogs leading 20-7.
“We treated the first (delay) like a halftime situation,” Rowland said. “It was 20 to 30 minutes, so we treated like it was halftime – a long halftime, like a homecoming halftime.
“The second one we treated a little differently because they were restarting the clock (under IHSAA rules after lightning is spotted), and we got the impression we were going to be done. You just do what you can.”
In the first half, Jordan Hogue had two catches for 115 yards and a touchdown, while also getting a goal-line interception that he returned about 85 yards.
Anthony Moore ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Ware threw for 115 yards in the first half, on only two completions.
Moore scored his second touchdown in the second to help the Bulldogs build the 20-7 lead. New Haven scored touchdowns on its first two offensive plays in the first. Ware hit Hogue on a 71-yard pass play for a 6-0 lead.
“We were able to use our athleticism early in the game,” Rowland said. “The weather and field conditions kind of changed that. Starting back (today) we can get back to being more aggressive.”
After Carroll went on a 14-play drive that culminated with a Chris Terry 8-yard pass to Ross Koble that put the Chargers up 7-6, Moore went 69 yards for a touchdown and a 13-7 New Haven lead.
“It’s characteristic of life,” Dinan said of the delay. “You don’t plan on adverse things happening in your life. How are we going to respond to this situation? Because it’s going to be tough.
“But the resolve of our kids is very good, and I have to feel positive about how they will respond.”