Rain, rain and more rain, usually football players can't get enough water on the field but as the stormy weather continued into Friday, play went on.
The preparation, practice and persistence through the summer finally came to an end tonight; the high school football season is here. "I think they may be favored to take state this year so we are out here to start this season off and watch them all the way to the end until they get to state and win state,” Bellevue West fan Amber Nelson said.
For Nelson and Jeanne Riveria, it was all purple and gold on and off the field as the T-Birds took on the Warriors of Westside. But just as the players prepped for the home opener, this pair did as well. "All kinds of weather, as long as there is no lightning, rain or shine we are here,” Riveria said.
But in fact, the scene remained the same throughout the stadium, umbrellas, tarps and water, water, water. "Excited, we've been waiting all summer, the kids have been working hard, training camps and weight rooms, so the weather is good, rain all day but it is beautiful tonight,” Kevin Williams said.
Despite the day of rain, things dried out at game time for the Warrior faithful, Williams Family but when severe weather does hit the metro, plans are in place. In fact it is a state-wide policy of safety. The only thing that changes is that it is up to the host athletic director to get the athletes into safety once they see lightning in the area. They wait 30 minutes to make the call, to see if it is safe to return to the field.
"Nebraska is very unpredictable, I'm not ready for the snow, I can handle this type of weather," Cuzi Williams said. Reporter asked, "One thing is for certain, your school spirit?" "For sure.”