ARCADIA — Matt Egloff was just doing what he could to pass the time as rain poured down outside the DeSoto County High School gym.
Clad in a black Bulldogs shirt, royal blue gym shorts and white socks — no shoes — the fifth-year football coach carried on conversations with everyone from his players and assistant coaches to the officials and the visiting Lake Region High School coaches. Like everyone else, Egloff was just waiting on the start of Friday’s game.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, that time never came.
Though Egloff said the field was playable despite the heavy rains, continued lightning strikes in the area forced DeSoto County athletic director Jarrett Zolkos to cancel the team’s season-opener against the Thunder after a weather delay of more than an hour and a half.
As of Friday night, there were no plans to reschedule the game.
“We lost a game (off our schedule),” Egloff said. “It’s frustrating, but I understand it.”
The coaches of both teams discussed trying to reschedule the game today, but that would have forced Lake Region to make another hour-long trip back to Arcadia with a roster that would have been six players short of where it was Friday.
It’s a disappointing outcome for Egloff, who was eager to see how his Bulldogs looked. Despite DeSoto County’s 33-6 loss to Port Charlotte in an exhibition game last week, Egloff saw plenty of things he liked, and he wanted to see how his team would adjust in the first week of the regular season.
“This actually was a good week of practice for us,” Egloff said. “It doesn’t mean we would have played well, but you could tell the kids were trying to do the right things.”
Lightning also caused lengthy delays for the Charlotte-North Port and Lemon Bay-Port Charlotte games.
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