GOWER, Mo. — The St.Joseph Christian Lions traveled to East Buchanan as the Bulldogs hosted their first home game of the season, going on to win in a 43-7 blowout.
Halfway through the second quarter of play the stadium lights all went out and as the darkness settled in it became too dangerous to keep the game going. East Buchanan is all too familiar with lighting issues.
“About six years ago or so, we were playing a playoff game here,” Bulldog head coach Kevin Bryan said. “We had heaters out here warming the field and we blew the fuses or something like that.”
Kansas City Power & Light were able to get to the field quickly and had the lights back on in 30 minutes. This unforeseen hurdle is something football teams never have to deal with. It would be normal to assume this would impact both teams play.
“The kids handled this really well. Lucky the break was not too long,” Bryan said.
After the lights were fixed the Bulldogs flipped the switch and went on the offensive attack putting up 31 points in two quarters. Bryan thought that this was a good opportunity to see the type of players he has on his squad.
It tells me that they are able to make adjustments and answer the call,” Bryan said. “They are able to handle adversity and coming back and playing with desire and intensity.”
St. Joseph Christian scored its first ever 11-man touchdown at the very end of the game. Fans from both sidelines were cheering on the Lions on the accomplishment.
With the Lions being a new team to deal with, Bryan had only one game to watch their tape and make a game plan from that. Which is not an easy task.
“They are still switching some things up that we haven’t seen before. We were able to iron it out thankfully,” Bryan said.