Published : Saturday, October 13, 2018 | 5:31 AM
A surprise thunderstorm bringing lightning and rain to the Pasadena area on Friday night about 7:30 p.m. forced the stopping of area high school football games but caused no reported damage or injuries in the city.
The lightning flashes followed by rolling thunderclaps and light rain struck at about halftime for three local gridiron contests, forcing referees to invoke the National Federation of State High School Associations rule which bans football from being played during lightning.
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That rule requires thirty minutes to pass after the last lightning strike before play begins or resumes.
When the storm continued steadily all three games — Muir versus Burbank, Maranatha versus Village Christian and St. Francis versus Salesian — were canceled.
Officials handed St. Francis an outright victory. The Golden Knights were trouncing Salesian 41-0 in their in their Angelus League opener.
The other two games will be finished today.
The Mustangs and Bulldogs will continue where they left off when they meet Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at Muir.
The Mustangs held a 14-9 lead when the game was shut down. The Pacific League game will give the winner a leg up in second place as the season continues to wind down.
Muir got first-half touchdown runs from Brian Love and Jahlique Stephens to earn that five-point lead.
Maranatha was locked in a 7-7 tie with Village Christian in a game being played at Burbank High School when officials ordered the cancellation.
The Minutemen still have a chance to distance themselves from the Crusaders with a victory.
Their game, too, was ended, and it will be picked up this morning at 11 a.m. The only difference, however, is the game will be played at Maranatha High School.
Maranatha quarterback Enrique Garza threw a second-quarter TD pass to Sabien Rivera, which tied the game at 7-7.
With a win this morning, Maranatha would almost certainly have second place in the Olympic League wrapped up, after earlier earning a blowout victory over Valley Christian.
National Weather Service forecasters predicted Saturday will see scattered showers, mainly before noon. The estimated chance of precipitation is 30%. The day is expected to be partly sunny, with a high near 74.