LAWRENCEVILLE – Heavy rain, thunder and lightning caused Friday afternoon’s game between the Tucker Tigers and the Archer Tigers at Coolray Field to be postponed.

Fans from both sides filed into CoolRay Field (home of the Gwinnett Stripers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves), excited and ready for their teams to begin the 2018-19 football season. 

At 5:15 p.m., as both teams were warming up, the skies opened up, a heavy thunderstorm with lightning  forced both teams into the locker room. 

According to Georgia High School Association rules, there is a thirty minute delay each time lightning strikes in the area.

By 5:45 P.M., the field was flooded and in horrible shape. The respective head coaches for Tucker (Bryan Lamar) and Archer (Andy Dyer), plus the Corky Kell Classic event staff decided to cancel both games due to the playing conditions and threat of player safety.

Tigers locker room in which he informed me that the game was rescheduled to tomorrow, Saturday August 24th, at Hartford Stadium in Clarkston, Georgia.

For Lamar, he knew early on that playing the game was in doubt.

“As soon as it started lightning and raining real bad, I kind of knew we weren’t going to play,” said Lamar. “The baseball field was important and delicate so you can’t have divets and dents. It is what it is and hopefully we get a win tomorrow and go from there.”

While Tucker and Archer are scheduled to play tomorrow, the second matchup to follow between the Milton Eagles and Buford Wolves has yet to be determined.

Corky Kell officials told fans their tickets were good for games tomorrow at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Inclement weather and a flooded playing surface at CoolRay Field forced the cancellation of the two Corky Kell Classic games. Photo: Anfernee Patterson/The Atlanta Voice

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