Bobcats Spring Football Game Canceled by Lightning

SAN ANGELO, TX — Spring Football came to a disappointing end on Thursday night, May 18. Storm clouds gathered throughout the afternoon and finally moved in just as the varsity football team began their warmups. While the boys never had their chance to shine under San Angelo Stadium's bright lights, the middle schoolers and junior varsity put some work in before the weathered rained out the event.

"We decided to call it when there was no end in sight," Bobcats Head Coach Kevin Crane said. "We have to reset the 30-minute timer every time lightning strikes, and it struck every five or so minutes." Added to the lightning, a brief but heavy downpour began about 6:05 p.m. While the rain lasted no more than ten minutes, it was enough rain to soak the stadium grounds.

"We didn't want to keep everyone up here all night," Crane continued. With no idea of when the storm would abate, Crane and the rest of the coaching staff felt it appropriate to call off the game. As disappointing as the news was for everyone involved, player safety is paramount in these situations. There is no point in having guys work to stay warm throughout the indeterminant waiting period and then go and play on a wet field. Injury concerns definitely played a factor in the decision.

Regardless of tonight's outcome, Crane thinks that Spring Football was a success. He highlighted a few individuals on the offense that will be playmakers in the upcoming 2023 season. The Bobcats graduate many seniors from the team in a little over a week, and it will be interesting to see what kind of team the Bobcats are in the fall.

One of the biggest changes coming to the 'Cats is the man under center. Recent Angelo State commit Tyler Hill graduates this May, and the Bobcats have big shoes to fill. Coach Crane says that they have two different guys that looked good during spring training, and he's excited about what the offense can bring to the table moving forward. 

Central's defense will also look completely different next season. After the departure of former defensive coordinator Joshua Willis, Coach Crane brought in a college coach as his replacement. Coach Jacob Martin implemented his new scheme during spring football, and their debut was supposed to be Thursday night. Bobcat fans will have to wait a little longer to see what Coach Martin's new-look defense is like.

The Spring Game will not be rescheduled as Coach Crane says there just is not enough time left in the school year. Bobcats will implement voluntary summer training and will officially resume practice in August.

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