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High school football: Blanchard notches 30-7 weather-shortened victory over Lindsay

Coaches decide to end game in third quarter for the safety of players and fans; Game will count on each teams' record
By RJ Young, For The Oklahoman Published: September 7, 2012

BLANCHARD — Blanchard led Lindsay 30-7 with 6:01 left in the third quarter Friday night, when game officials sent each team to dressing rooms due to lightning. About 15 minutes passed, when coaches and officials discussed options. But with more severe weather predicted and Lindsay losing manpower due to injuries, the coaches agreed to call the nondistrict game official.

Lindsay coach Tommy Ferguson forfeited the rest of the game, believing it was in the best interest of players and fans. Ferguson and Blanchard coach Jeff Craig each said the game will count toward the schools' respective records.

“We got a bunch of injuries,” Ferguson said. “There was nothing to gain for either one of us teams to go out there and finish this game. No sense in being here til midnight when the game's out of hand.

“I gotta take care of my kids, and that's what I'm doing.”

Craig was happy with his team's performance but wasn't happy with how the game ended.

“Instead of just going out and risking more injury, it was just probably best to call it,” Craig said.

Blanchard (2-0) jumped to an early 14-0 lead with quarterback Brock Lamle and running back Braden Stringer each rushing for touchdowns in the first quarter. Blanchard held a 23-7 lead at halftime.

Lamle finished the game with 108 total yards, two touchdowns and one of the strangest experiences he's had on a football field.

“I've never been in a game that was called,” he said. “It's something new to me.”


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