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Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:31 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Weather to play some football, or weather not?

Referees and school officials canceled the first meeting between the Marana and Mountain View football teams in seven years last Friday night because lightning loomed in the southern sky.

Much to the chagrin of a loud, painted, near-capacity crowd, the public address announcer sent fans home after a state-mandated weather delay of 30 minutes. Officials said the threat was too great to continue.

The Mountain Lions and Tigers had played just over a quarter before being sent to the locker rooms. During that 20 minutes, much of it defined by physical play on defense, the crowd's chants echoed over the field, and the visitors' stands ran out of seats, forcing a large contingent of Mountain View students to sit in the home team bleachers.

Those students had something to cheer about when, with 6:46 left in the half, senior Mountain Lion quarterback Evan Roberts heaved a long touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Mark Vera for the only points of the night. The extra point failed, and the teams were removed from the field on the next play with the score at 6-0.

The schools are working on a possible resumption of the game at some point.

"We'd have to continue (the game), we can't start it over," said Marana athletic director Joe Hajek. "That's something we're discussing administratively between the schools right now."

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Monday, Dec. 1

Mountain View vs. Boulder Creek 7 p.m.

@Marana vs. Palo Verde 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 2

(G) Pusch Ridge vs. Marana 6 p.m.

@Canyon del Oro vs. Amphi 7 p.m.

@Pusch Ridge vs. Marana 8 p.m.

Ironwood Ridge vs. Nogales 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4

(G) Pusch Ridge vs. Pueblo 6:30 p.m.

(G) Marana vs. Nogales 7 p.m.

@Canyon del Oro vs. Nogales 7 p.m.

Pusch Ridge vs. Pueblo 8 p.m.

@Marana vs. Nogales 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5

(G) @Marana vs. Cienega 7:30 p.m.

Canyon del Oro vs. Empire 7 p.m.

Ironwood Ridge vs. Basha 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 8

@Ironwood Ridge vs. Saguaro 7 p.m.

Marana vs. Catalina 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

(G) @Canyon del Oro vs. Sabino 7 p.m.

(G) @Marana vs. Empire 7:30 p.m.

Canyon del Oro vs. Sabino 7 p.m.

@Pusch Ridge vs. Douglas 7 p.m.

Ironwood Ridge vs. Buena 7:30 p.m.

Mountain View vs. St. Mary's

Marana vs. Empire 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 12

(G) @Marana vs. Catalina 7:30 p.m.

@Canyon del Oro vs. Rincon 7 p.m.

Pusch Ridge vs. Sahuarita 8 p.m.

@Ironwood Ridge vs. Cienega 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13

@Ironwood Ridge vs. Mountain Pointe 5 p.m.

Mountain View vs. Moreau Catholic 4 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Mountain View vs. Valley Vista 7 p.m.

@Marana vs. Santa Rita 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Canyon del Oro vs. Walden Grove 7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 18

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(G) @Mountain View vs. Flowing Wells 7 p.m.

@Canyon del Oro vs. Marana 7 p.m.

@Pusch Ridge vs. Miami 7 p.m.

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