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Weather, travel time force Ennis, Lufkin to decide game with

Postby freeagent » Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:39 pm

Weather, travel time force Ennis, Lufkin to decide game with coin flip, which goes Lufkin's way

Dallas Morning News

MATT STEPP / Special Contributor

ENNIS - After spending nearly six hours in traffic to make the 150 mile trek from deep East Texas, Lufkin (5-3, 4-1) earned a key District 16-5A win over Ennis (4-4, 3-2) via the simple flip of a coin.

After waiting two-and-a-half hours for the rain and lightning to clear the area, both coaches agreed to decide the game with an old-fashioned coin flip, instead of trying to replay the game Saturday or Monday.

On two separate occasions, the 30-minute timer after a lightning strike got under five minutes before the clock was reset with another strike in the area, including the final time when the clock got to under a minute and coaches and managers began to set up on the sidelines.

Ennis head coach Jack Alvarez was not pleased with the result, but he had the bigger picture in mind for his team as he agonized over the decision in the Ennis locker room during the delay.

"This was just a unique set of circumstances, both of us (Lufkin head coach Todd Quick) wanted to get the game in, but the weather just wasn't clearing and it took them six hours to get here. Having them come all the way back here Saturday really wasn't an option, and the weather is supposed to be just as bad.

"Neither of us wanted to play on Monday, so we were left with really no good options. If you play on Monday, now your entire schedule is thrown off real close to the playoffs and neither of us felt long term that was the best for our kids. They won the coin toss to open the game so I thought the odds were with me, I felt lucky," said Alvarez.

"Our kids are disappointed and I'm disappointed, it's something I've never had to do and I don't want to do again, we need to just win our next two games and see where things fall," replied Alvarez when asked about his feelings after such an odd way to lose. Although neither team has clinched a playoff spot, Lufkin looks to be in decent shape as they close with Corsicana and winless Jacksonville.

Ennis likely needs to win both of its remaining games, against Lindale and Corsicana, both of whom are right in the thick of the playoff chase as well.
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Re: Weather, travel time force Ennis, Lufkin to decide game

Postby granger » Sat Oct 24, 2015 3:37 am

I was up in the middle of the night and saw this. Without playoffs clinched, it seems like a huge gamble
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