After a week off and going 1-1 in their first two games, the Huntingdon Middle School Mustang football team faced the Camden Middle School Lions on the road in Camden Thursday night.
The outcome was never officially decided as the game made it to the halftime break before lightning interrupted and eventually cancelled the second half of the game. Rules require that if there is lightning in the area then there is supposed to be a thirty-minute wait after each lightning strike. The officials sent the players to the locker room at halftime at the sight of the first lightning bolt. The storm never left, and the second half was cancelled.
The Lions held a 16-6 lead at the half on the strength of an opening drive touchdown and a late touchdown just before the half. These were sandwiched in between a Mustang score that had pulled Huntingdon to within two points of the lead.
Camden received the opening kickoff and marched 58 yards in 13 plays to score the first points of what would be a two-quarter game. The longest play the Lions had from scrimmage was seven yards on the drive, and the score came on a one-yard run by Carson Goodwin who pushed his way into the end zone with one-minute left on the clock. Tucker Jackson converted the two-point conversion to give the Lions an 8-0 lead.
The Mustangs fumbled on their first possession but got the ball back and mounted a drive of their own to reach the end zone. The Mustangs started at their own 38. Tayshawn Rivers had his number called three times on the drive and ran once for 16, once for 37 and scored on his last touch of the drive on a one-yard run with 1:56 left in the half. The conversion failed and the score was 8-6 with Camden holding a two-point lead.
Camden returned the kickoff to the Huntingdon 45 and in four plays found the end zone. The touchdown came on a 23-yard pass from Will Dobson to Jackson in the corner of the end zone. A Huntingdon defender had position on the pass, but Jackson reached over the top and hauled it in for the touchdown. Goodwin scored on the two-point conversion, and the Lions would take a 16-6 lead with 18 seconds left in the half.
The teams then retreated to each end of the field for the halftime break prior to the storm that arose and eventually cancelled the second half of the football game with Camden holding a 16-6 lead.
The Mustangs return to action this Friday as they host the Dresden Lions at Paul Ward Stadium on Thursday with a 6:30 p.m. kickoff scheduled.