BRADENTON -- Another Friday, another heavy dose of rain.
Unlike last week, however, the wet weather was enough to postpone or cancel a handful of games.
Four area games were scrapped because of Friday's thunderstorms, including the 33rd edition of the Southeast-Manatee rivalry. Games at Saint Stephen's and IMG Academy started at about 9 p.m., and those stories can be found online at Bradenton.com/sports.
The Seminoles and Hurricanes will play at 11 a.m. Saturday at John Kiker Memorial Stadium. The teams never took the field Friday before deciding to reconvene Saturday.
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The first one called off was Braden River's meeting with host Booker. That game was postponed Friday afternoon because of the stormy forecast.
"They wanted to be proactive. They were looking at the forecast and said the lighting was a factor," said Matt Nesser, Braden River's athletic director. "I don't know if their field doesn't drain well, but I think it was the lightning more than the rain that caused them to make their decision. It's their game and their decision. The weather report is bad."
Though no make-up date has been set, the Pirates and Tornadoes share an open date Oct. 17.
Palmetto's game at Bayshore also was washed away and was originally scheduled to be played 10:30 a.m. Saturday. But that idea was nixed, and it is unclear if the non-district but county foes will meet this season.
"There were mainly concerns we'd be in the same situation than we had (Friday)," said Chris Brady, Bayshore's athletic director.
Dave Marino, Palmetto's head coach, thought the teams had a chance to get the game in Friday.
"We played in worse weather last week," Marino said. "The lightning was gone."
The Tigers are off next week and Bayshore is off the week of Oct. 31, making it tough for the teams to reschedule.
"Most likely, we're looking at maybe at a Saturday or a Monday," Brady said, "if neither team is preparing for a district game or a playoff game."
One game that surely will not be made up is Punta Gorda Charlotte's meeting with host Lakewood Ranch. The Mustangs play at North Port on Thursday in a Class 7A-District 10 game, and the Tarpons play a district game Friday.
The teams waited until 8:30 p.m. Friday to cancel the game.
"The kids deserve a chance to play with all the hard work they put in," said Mustangs coach Mick Koczersut. "But we were looking at starting at 9:30 p.m. That's not fair to kids who haven't eaten since 3. And we didn't want to get anyone hurt."
Koczersut's feelings about losing a game were mixed.
"We have some kids who are banged up, but we've got a lot of kids who need the time on the field to get better," he said. "It's hard to simulate the conditioning needed."