Mother Nature's lightning display Friday night in Crystal Lake suspended the season opener between Grant and Crystal Lake Central. The contest is scheduled to resume Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Owen Metcalf Field.
The game was halted with 10:14 remaining in the second quarter with the Tigers holding a 14-6 lead. The delay lasted 45 minutes before the suspension was announced.
Grant's first offensive series under new head coach Vito Andriola was a dream start. The Bulldogs manufactured a 20-play, 80-yard drive over eight minutes which was capped by Jeremy Bredwood hauling in a 5-yard toss from quarterback Spencer Lhotka (3-4, 29 yards).
Crystal Lake Central responded on its first offensive possession, finding the end zone on a nine-play, 75-yard drive. Quarterback Matt DeCoste (4-4, 48 yards) lofted a pass down the right sideline to Alan Pawlicki for a 24-yard scoring strike.
Grant's second possession ended when safety Aaron Sances intercepted Lhotka early in the second quarter and set up the Tigers at the Grant 21. Five plays later and just before the delay, running back Ryan Williams raced untouched to the end zone from 5 yards out.
Williams paced the Tigers early with 26 yards rushing. Lhotka had 22 yards on the ground while Tim Hollins had tallied 18 yards for the Bulldogs.
Grant's Robert Dush was carted off the field in the first quarter with a leg injury while attempting to make a tackle on kickoff coverage.