After just 6 minutes and 37 seconds of play, and a delay of more than an hour, Jamestown High’s home football opener was suspended due to thunderstorms that swept over Greater Williamsburg Thursday night.
The score when the game was suspended was 7-0 in favor of Huguenot High School.
The game will be resumed at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Wanner Stadium.
The game started a half hour later than scheduled after a rain delay, but players made their way to the field at about 7:30 p.m. for the coin toss.
“I think our kids were ready to go,” Jamestown Eagle’s head coach Mike Murphy said. “It’s just unfortunate the weather tonight. It threw us for a loop getting delayed and then not being sure if we were going to be on the field or off the field when the weather was coming in.”
Richmond-based Huguenot won the toss and chose to defer their decision until the second half.
On the kickoff, Jamestown ran the ball to about the 40-yard line.
The Eagles’ opening drive of the season didn’t last long — four downs and out in less than two minutes of play after a third down pass attempt missed its target.
The Jamestown offensive line missed its assignments, and Huguenot defensive linemen repeatedly forced their way into the backfield.
The team missed assignments and “offensively we weren’t getting a lot of push up front,” Murphy said. “I think the key is making sure they’re (the offensive line is) firing off.”
On the punt, Huguenot senior receiver Ernest Kelley chose to let Jamestown down the ball.
Huguenot’s opening drive started with a toss from junior quarterback Jaylen Taylor to senior receiver Duron Ferguson connecting for a 9 yard gain.
However, a bad snap on second down forced the Falcons to third down and 21.
That’s when the Eagles took a timeout to reorganize their defense after players weren’t sure they were supposed to be on or off the field.
After the timeout, under pressure from Jamestown junior defensive lineman Drew Wilder, Taylor lobbed a pass to Ferguson, but referees flagged Jamestown for defensive pass interference.
Now at third and 6, Huguenot tried to trick the Eagles with a special count but ended up flagged by referees for a false start.
On third and 11, Huguenot quarterback Kevin Gayles scored on a 70-yard reception from Taylor for the first score of the game.
“Defensively we need more pressure up front,” Murphy said. “We were in position in the backfield, our corner was there but their receiver is big. He’s 6’3”.”
Huguenot’s extra-point try was tipped, but the ball still went through the uprights.
On the kickoff, Jamestown junior receiver Jamahdia Whitby ran the ball 15 yards to about the 42-yard line.
After a short pass completion on first down, the Falcons stopped a running play in the backfield on second down.
On third down, junior quarterback Braylen Mills, under pressure from four defensive linemen, threw the ball in the middle of the field and the pass was intercepted by a Huguenot cornerback. It was returned across the 50-yard line, but a flag brought the Falcons back to the 37-yard line.
Taylor pitched the ball to Kelley for a gain on first down, but Huguenot’s drive ended after two incomplete pass attempts.
That’s when nearby lightning strikes forced Jamestown Athletic Director Kenny Edwards to evacuate Wanner Stadium until about 8:52 p.m. when the game was suspended.
Murphy said the team will be ready the next time they cross paths with Huguenot.
“We still have to overcome and be ready to go,” Murphy said.
Roberts can be reached at 757-604-1329 and on Twitter @SPRobertsJr.