For The Tribune
Two-and-a-half hours after the scheduled 7 p.m. kickoff of Friday night’s North-South All-Star Game, it was facing the possibility of cancellation for the first time in the football game’s 49-year history.
As bolts of lightning lit up the sky around North Central High School, players and coaches waited in the locker rooms. Finally, the teams took the field for good at 9:45 p.m., and the game kicked off at 9:53.
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Less than an hour-and-a-half later, after a game played with a running clock and no halftime, the North team left with a 20-7 victory.
“There for awhile, I thought for sure we weren’t going to play,” said Trinity Lutheran graduate Tommy Davis, who played for the South. “I’m actually pretty surprised that we did.”
The teams emerged to warm up around 9 p.m., but another bolt sent them back inside.
“We’re out there for 20 minutes, you get all hyped up, and then you have the delay,” Davis said. “You’re just riding a roller coaster of emotions because you get excited for it, and then you go back down.”
The 6-foot-3, 314-pound Davis, who plans to continue with football at DePauw University, played with the second unit on the offensive line Friday.
“I definitely think we could have came out and played a little stronger,” Davis said. “The rain delay hurt us, but that’s no excuse. We weren’t clicking tonight, and that happens. You move on.”
Meanwhile, former Trinity coach Anthony Levy, who left the school after it dropped football last month, was an assistant for the South squad.
“It was a good time,” Levy said. “Probably the best thing I got from it is being able to step back and watch Tommy.
“It was really about the kids’ incredible talent here,” he said. “There wasn’t a whole lot of coaching needed. My highlight is just sitting back and watching Tommy come from a sophomore to a captain and going to compete against the best in the state, and he proved that he could do it.”