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Weather scrubs Lumberton’s opener

August 27, 2016

The long offseason wait to start the 2016 season got a little longer for Lumberton and New Caney Porter on Friday night, with lightning twice interrupting their game before they could finish the first quarter, ultimately causing it to be canceled.

There are no plans to make up the game.

Lumberton’s season will now officially begin with a road game against Hamshire-Fannett on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Unofficially, the teams were scoreless after playing 6 minutes before a 35-minute postponement and then another 51/2 minutes until a 30-minute stoppage that led to the decision to cancel the game.

Neither team seriously threatened to score, with punts (5) outnumbering first downs (3). Lumberton pinned Porter in its own territory, never allowing the Spartans to cross midfield in three possessions, but the Raiders never reached the red zone, stalling their opening drive at the Spartans’ 32 due to a holding penalty.

Lumberton’s only other offensive series was a three-and-out.

“We’re very mature on defense and very young on offense, and it showed,” said Lumberton coach Chris Babin. “We’d move the ball effectively and then back ourselves up with some penalties. It was pretty frustrating.”

Daniel Maher is a freelance writer