Tales from the Beat: Groundhog Day with the 2004 Mogadore Wildcats football team

By Tom Nader | Sports Editor Published:

By Tom Nader | Sports Editor

The Mogadore Wildcats had to wonder whether or not their 2004 football season was ever going to get started.

I was wondering the same thing.

After pushing through the grueling two-a-days of August, I am sure most Wildcats players had Friday, Aug. 27 circled on their calendars for more than one reason. The main being that it was the carrot that had been dangling in front of them for weeks. The reward for all of the hard work spent during the off-season. The chance to release after spending days underneath the blanket of heat of the August sun.

The opportunity for the games to actually begin.

The Wildcats certainly may have been ready, but Mother Nature was quick to push the pause button.

Sports Editor Allen Moff assigned me the Mogadore season opener for the 2004 season.

Friday, Aug. 27, with the game to be played at Manchester High School.

Reporters get excited for the start of football season, too, so I anxiously drove down 76 West to 77 South to 277 West and onto Manchester Road, each one getting me that much closer to the action.

As I drove, though, I realized that the sky was beginning to look ominous. Clouds, big, black, dreary, ruin your night looking clouds were drifting to a position that looked like they could threaten the game.

When I parked my car, the clouds had found a comfy home directly overhead of Manchester’s football stadium.

I started to walk toward the pressbox to get set up for the game, but didn’t make it halfway before a Mogadore assistant stopped me and told me the game almost certainly wasn’t going to be played. Radar watching had painted the picture for the game and coaches from the two teams were deeming it silly to even try to start.

I hung out near the locker rooms for a few minutes and got the word that the game had been officially postponed and rescheduled for Saturday.

I called Allen from my cell phone and relayed the news. He asked if I could cover the rescheduled game the following night, and I told him I could.

If you are wondering how the game went on Saturday, follow everything I just told you about Friday. Saturday never happened. As a complete parallel, I made the drive to Manchester, storm rolled in and washed out the game, postponing the game until Sunday. I called Allen and relayed the news.

I found myself living a real life Groundhog Day.

Unfortunately, I was unable to cover the game on Sunday for Allen and the newspaper, but the game actually did happen.

Mogadore fell 33-0 to the Panthers to finally get the season under way.

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