What, you thought a lil’ ol’ hurricane that’s already claimed the lives of at least eight people as of this posting was going to stop a pair of schools in its path from getting their season-opening football on?
Rain-soaked, wind-swept child please.
Just as the leading edge of Hurricane Irene was making its way into the state of Virginia early Saturday afternoon, Div. II schools Virginia Union and St. Augustine’s were scheduled to kick off their 2011 season. And, of course, they decided to go ahead and play the opener as scheduled.
And, of course, the game was slightly affected by the weather conditions.
The Associated Press‘ account of the game — Virginia Union is located in Richmond; the Richmond Times-Dispatch had no gamer posted — included such tidbits as punts traveling back-in-time distances of minus-1 and minus-9 yards. The AP also notes that Virginia Union “scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone when St. Augustine attempted to punt, but the ball was blown away as the punter dropped it to kick it.” Or, as WRAL-TV’s website put it, “the contest was scoreless until Trevon Winston of VUU scored on a fumble recovery in the second quarter after the St. Aug punter missed the ball completely on an attempted punt in the end zone.”
WRAL also noted that “a torrential downpour” contributed to “[p]unting miscues and turnovers [that] hurt Saint Augustine’s College”. That college, oddly enough, is located in North Carolina, the state where Irene first made landfall in the United States.
Oh, and if you’re curious, Virginia Union won 12-0.
UPDATED 12:39 a.m. ET: The Richmond Times-Dispatch has subsequently posted an article on a game in “some of the worst conditions imaginable” that was attended by “about 80” people. It’s real, it’s spectacular and it’s right HERE.