The KHSAA has awarded wins to Lafayette and Bryan Station in their respective football games against Scott County and Meade County, which were suspended due to lightning Friday night and were not resumed.
Lafayette Athletics Director Michael Kinney and Scott County Athletics Director D.T. Wells told the Herald-Leader that the Lafayette-Scott County game will be recorded as a 1-0 forfeit win for the Generals. Accumulated statistics for both teams from the game will be counted as official.
“I’m just happy that it’s over,” Lafayette Coach Eric Shaw said. “I don’t think anybody wins in this. The kids want to play these games for a reason, and that’s for them to be decided on the field.
“My kids were upset that we weren’t resuming. And now that’s all. Now there’s closure to it and we’re moving forward and getting ready for Henry Clay.”
Friday’s game was suspended less than a minute into the third quarter. Lafayette received the opening kickoff of the second half, ran a play and had the ball at the Scott County 44-yard line when officials halted play at the 11:04 mark of the period. The Cardinals led Lafayette 25-20.
KHSAA competition rules dictate that, when a contracted football game is interrupted by uncontrollable events such as weather, teams must agree to one of three choices: end the game at its suspended point, resume the game at the point of interruption at a mutually agreed date and time before leaving the field, or resume the game on the following day if an agreement can’t be reached.
Scott County determined completion of the game was not possible Friday night. Lafayette did not wish to shorten the game and the teams could not come to an agreement on a resumption date on Friday night. The KHSAA said in a news release Tuesday afternoon that Scott County violated the terms of its contract with Lafayette when it indicated it would not resume the contest in compliance with the competition rules.
Scott County was not open to resuming the game because Toyota Stadium, which it shares with Georgetown College, was unavailable, and because there were various conflicts for its team members in the upcoming days.
The decision means Scott County has lost back-to-back home games in a season for the first time since 2009, when it fell to Lafayette and Fern Creek in consecutive weeks. Scott County lost to Cincinnati Elder, 20-14, on Sept. 9.
The Cardinals’ 31-game regular-season home winning streak against Kentucky competition also came to an end.
Scott County Coach Jim McKee told the Georgetown News-Graphic on Saturday that the Cardinals would accept whatever decision the KHSAA handed down. McKee did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday.
Bryan Station’s home game against Meade County will be recorded as a 7-6 win for the Defenders, Coach Frank Parks told the Herald-Leader. That game was suspended at halftime with Station ahead 7-6. The schools had agreed to resume at 6 p.m. Saturday but Meade County chose not return. All stats from the game will be counted as official.
“It is unfortunate that these situations were not resolved in a satisfactory manner for all parties involved,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said. “Thankfully, all administrators were ever mindful of player, coach, official and spectator safety in making the decision not to play on that night.”