Rain Impacts High School Football Across North Texas

In anticipation of heavy rainfall over the next few days, some North Texas schools had hopes of squeezing in Friday night football games a day earlier.

But inclement weather, including lightning, caused many of the games to be delayed or pushed back to Friday.

Trinity High School's game against Coppell High School at Buddy Echols Field Stadium was moved up to 6 p.m. Friday, according to Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District officials.

Denton Guyer rescheduled its Friday night match up against Byron Nelson for Thursday, but officials had to delay the game due to lightning near the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex. The game will be played at 11 a.m. Friday in Denton.

The Wylie East vs. McKinney game was stopped in the second quarter Thursday and will resume at 1 p.m. Friday.

The Cedar Hill vs. Desoto game has moved up to a 5 p.m. kickoff Friday.

The Irving Nimitz vs. Irving game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Friday.

The Denton Ryan vs. Keller game has moved to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Dallas Independent School District will use forecasts, weather apps and trainers to make sure its fans and players stay safe.

"When you see it and you hear the thunder you need to be prepared," said Dallas ISD athletic director Gill Garza.

Bishop Lynch High School uses the Thor Guard lightning prediction system.

The system sounds an initial alarm to clear the field and stands. Then it sounds an all-clear alarm once the lightning threat has moved a safe distance away.

However, officials at the private school say "common sense" is still important to safety.

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