HAVELOCK - What was supposed to be a blockbuster battle on the gridiron between Havelock and Dillon turned out to be just a scenic three-and-a-half-hour bus ride home and back for the Rams.
After arriving in Dillon, Havelock's players began warming up in the school's gym before lightning halted the kickoff.
As it turned out, the storm put a stop to the game entirely as it was canceled and will not be rescheduled.
"We were definitely angry and disappointed because the kids were really ready to play and our fans and I'm sure Dillon's fans were both excited for the game," Havelock coach Allen Wooten said.
"Had we not gotten charter buses and it not been a three-and-a-half-hour ride, we could have waited around longer but logistically, it's not something we can afford to do."
Instead, the Rams will now play just nine regular-season games this year and the team's opener will be next week's county rivalry game at New Bern.
"Hopefully we can bottle everything up that we had ready for Dillon and carry it over to the New Bern game," Wooten said.
"With that being a big rivalry game and all that comes with it, I don't think the kids will have too much trouble getting fired up for next week."
Wooten said he thinks this teaches the kids a good lesson too, something they talk about regularly.
"We talk about the things you can control and the things you can't," Wooten said.
"Obviously, you can't control the weather and I think the kids can learn an important life lesson about that - focusing on the things you can control."
Havelock at New Bern is schedule for a 7 p.m. kickoff next Friday night.