So close. So far
The season-opener for Clinton High junior varsity football is cancelled after being in a lightning delay.
Clinton High AD Nickie Templeton announces the cancellation a few minutes ago. Official stop play with about 2 minutes left until halftime, with Greer leading 20-0. The junior Red Devils string together a couple good runs and have a goal line situation when play is halted. Everyone is ordered out of the stadium, and to their cars in the Wilder Stadium parking lot or into the Clinton Middle School gym. The game will not be continued or made up.
This was a mandatory 30-minute delay. There was a lightning storm east of Clinton, and lightning is visible from the stadium. Conditions have worsened since the game started at 6 pm. Several SC high schools, including Laurens Academy, have moved their games from Friday night to tonight because of bad weather threats. Hurricane Hermine is expected to make landfall tonight in the Florida Panhandle and move through central South Carolina Friday.
Forecasts calls for 4-8 inches of rain around Columbia, - 1-3+ inches of rain for the Upstate, mainly below I-85. Flash flood warning is in effect for Laurens and surrounding counties into Saturday.