The tricky part would be to find a way to use fake lightning.
OK, so bring a team in from out of town. Take a big lead on them early and bring out the fake lightning. There will be a long delay and then the other team will surrender.
On opening night of football at Stevenson, the home team took apart the visitors from Kenosha Indian Trail. After scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter, the Patriots were in complete control at 35-0 early in the second quarter. And then fans and players were chased away by lightning and no rain.
And instead of postponing the game until today, the two teams agreed that the Pats deserved a win. And so Stevenson avenged a loss to this club a year ago. And the Pats had to play only the first quarter and a quarter of the second quarter.
"It was mutually agreed upon," Stevenson coach Bill McNamara said. "Our kids played great."
Stevenson wide receiver Cameron Green found enough time to catch two passes from quarterback Willie Bourbon (6-of-10 passing, 137). His second catch was good for 19 yards and a score. He had no complaints about missing most of this game.
"Isn't that awesome,?" Green said. "I think I saw lightning earlier in the game but I didn't want to say anything."
Green noted his team was ready for this rematch with Indian Trail.
"We didn't execute last year," he said. "Tonight everyone was pumped up."
Led in part by aggressive linebacker Rory Koenig, the Pats defense did not allow a first down to these Hawks until the three-minute mark in the first quarter. Actually that was the visitors' lone first down of this shortened game.
Stevenson took only four plays to score in the first quarter. The big play was a 28-yard pass play from Bourbon to wide receiver Jordan Atkins. Tyler Vincent took it over from 6 yards and the Pats were up a score.
The next Pats drive lasted only two plays. Senior Jack Joseph broke loose and galloped 25 yards with the second touchdown.
Green made it clear that his offensive line deserved much credit for this romp. He cited Jon Zanillo, Cade Gilbert, Henry Sise, Freddie Atkins and Jeremy Horwitz.
"Our offensive line is wonderful," Green said.
Stevenson was actually stopped on its third drive, forcing a punt. No matter, the fourth drive paid dividends. Again Bourbon used the airwaves to chalk up 30 yards to Jack Sorenson. Bourbon earned honors when he went up the middle untouched for a 4-yard TD run.
The short-lived second quarter still had time for two more Pats scores.
Green's score came in the end zone and he got a hard push after catching the ball.
"That guy was just trying to make a play," Green said.
Stevenson was well on its way to igniting the running clock. Joseph completed the night's scoring on a 7-yard TD run. There was still nine minutes to play in the second quarter. And then came the (real) lightning.