Friday night’s PAC 5 football game between Arroyo Grande High and Atascadero has been postponed to 1 p.m. today at Doug Hitchen Stadium in Arroyo Grande, Eagles athletic
director Dwight MacDonald said Friday night.
Under the stress of a much-anticipated downpour, a transformer in the town went out at about 6:45 p.m., plummeting the entire stadium and the fans who were braving the elements for the 7:30 start in complete darkness.
PG&E reported nearly 5,500 customers in Arroyo Grande were without power.
The rain began to fall about an hour before kickoff and quickly turned into a full-fledged deluge, accompanied by wind that unhinged the portable tents pitched on the Atascadero sideline.
The Eagles (6-2, 1-1) came out onto the field to begin warming up, while the visiting Greyhounds (7-1, 2-0) remained in their locker room.
The transformer blew soon after, causing many to believe lightning struck nearby, and the field turned pitch black.
After the stadium went dark and spectators were asked to vacate the bleachers, MacDonald and Atascadero athletic director Sam DeRose conferred on a contingency plan.
Fifteen minutes later, the decision was made to push the game to 1 p.m. today, with the junior varsity contest to be played following the varsity.
The JV game had been initially postponed to today at 2 p.m. — a decision made Friday afternoon.