BAY VILLAGE — Bad weather seems to follow Elyria Catholic wherever it goes. This time, the Panthers couldn’t beat it.
After officials waited until 10 o’clock Friday night, Elyria Catholic and Bay decided to postpone their West Shore Conference opener.
Play will resume today at 3:30 p.m. with the Panthers in front 10-0.
Carl Spaetzel hit a 40-yard field goal with 10:04 left in the second quarter when the delay struck at 7:40 p.m.
The Panthers experienced a similar situation against Beachwood on Sept. 12, as the game was delayed for two hours due to lightning.
“We actually try to take a very laid-back approach, at least that’s what we did last week,” Elyria Catholic coach Mike Polevacik said. “I think we have an experience advantage over them with this because we just went through this seven days ago.”
The Panthers (1-2) trailed Beachwood 17-14 before the delay, then went on to win 47-24.
“In these situations we try to let them relax,” Polevacik said. “There’s no reason to stay tense or stay hyped when you don’t know how long you’re going to be waiting.”
Elyria Catholic was in control against Bay (0-3). Running back Justin Rankin set up his 3-yard touchdown run with a 21-yard gain, giving the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 5:09 to go in the first quarter. He had 59 yards on 10 carries.
“I was really happy because everybody knows we’re going to run Justin,” Polevacik said. “That set up the play-action off of that, which has helped because we have to counter if they’re going to load up on Justin.”
The Panthers defense allowed one first down in three Bay possessions.
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