AUSTIN (KXAN) — Some schools pivoted quickly and moved Friday night football games to Thursday due to storms forecast throughout the Austin area, but some chose to keep the games on Friday and many are in lightning/weather delays.
Some schools decided to start games late, most around 9 p.m., but with essentially nothing on the line in regards to the playoff picture, Lake Travis and Bowie decided to scrub their game and get some extra time off before the playoffs. Lake Travis will be the No. 2 seed out of 6A-District 26 for Division I while Bowie is the No. 2 representative in Division II.
KXAN photographers were at Georgetown, Lake Travis and the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex, and those games didn’t start on time. Typically, everyone has to clear the stadium at the first sign of lightning, and the game won’t restart (or start in these cases) for at least 30 minutes after the last lightning strike is seen in the area.
In Georgetown, the Eagles are taking on Cedar Park. Stony Point and Manor square off at the Palace. Both began around 9 p.m.
In the case of Lake Travis, there was also a medical emergency prior to storms making it to the area, and a STAR Flight helicopter had to airlift a fan out of there.
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It’s the last week of the regular season and playoff spots are supposed to be settled by the end of the week for bi-district play next week.
The KXAN First Warning Weather Team says all storms are out of the Austin area, but are now regaining some strength and moving toward the eastern counties of the KXAN viewing area.
9 p.m.: Most games are now starting, but Lake Travis and Bowie decided to just bag their game and get an early start on playoff preparation.
8:50 p.m.: Storms have made it through the Austin area and play could potentially resume once school administrators deem it’s safe to play. No storms are expected in the Austin area for the rest of the night.
8:20 p.m.: Radar is showing the line of storms has just about made it through Austin and is moving toward the viewing area’s eastern counties. It looks like most of the games could start around 9 p.m.