Thunderstorm cancels Mount St. Joseph-Friendship football game

Mount St. Joseph’s football players took the field and warmed up for about 25 minutes last night at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, but that’s about all they did.

Before the game could even get started, persistent thunderstorms rolled in, eventually cancelling the Gaels’ game against Friendship Collegiate, from Washington, D.C., in the I-95 Kickoff Classic.

Gaels coach Blake Henry said the teams waited for two hours, but his team finally headed home about 9:30.

“It’s pretty disappointing,” Henry said. “This is the second year in a row we’ve lost a game to the weather. Last year it was Bishop McNamara because of a hurricane. The kids work real hard all week and the coaches do too, but there’s nothing you can do about lightning.”

The Gaels dropped their season opener last weekend to Bishop McNamara, 31-23, and were hoping to avenge last year’s 18-13 Kickoff Classic loss to Friendship last night. Instead, they’ll begin preparing for St. Alban’s, which comes to the Gaels’ Plevyak Field Saturday at 1 p.m.

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