BREVARD, N.C. – Following a lengthy lightning delay in Brevard College's season-opening contest against the Apprentice School Builders at Brevard Memorial Stadium, the game was declared no contest early Sunday morning.
The announcement comes after an agreement between both Athletics Directors and USA South Conference officials in accordance with NCAA rules to declare the game no contest, with player safety at the forefront of the decision. Play was halted around 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon due to numerous lightning strikes in the area and play was officially halted around 6 p.m.
Per NCAA rules, the results, scores, statistics, and records from Saturday's contest do not count towards official season or career totals.
Saturday's game was halted midway through the third quarter in a back-and-forth contest. The Tornados stormed out to a 17-0 lead before Apprentice battled back to take a 20-19 halftime lead.
The Tornados will be back in action next Saturday, September 21 when Brevard hosts perennial NCAA DIII power and former USA South Conference member Christopher Newport University (0-2). The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m primetime kickoff at Brevard Memorial Stadium. The meeting will be the first in school history between the two teams.
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