The start of the high school football season is always loaded with tension and electricity … unless you were watching the game at Brighton (Utah) High on Friday night. There was plenty of excitement in the crowd, but calling the atmosphere electric might be somewhat out of line, considering the fact that the game had to be abandoned as a 0-0 draw because the stadium's lights went out.
According to both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News, the scoreboard lights at Brighton's home field died just before opening kick off on Friday night, with Brighton officials immediately calling in the problem to Rocky Mountain Power company authorities.
Unfortunately, the electric company was unable to get the lighting issue fixed in time to save the game, as all electricity remained down and the game had to be called after two quarters because of darkness. Neither team had reached the end zone at that point, with both squads sent home to think back on a frustrating 0-0 tie.
"I'm disappointed for the kids," Brighton coach Ryan Bullett told the Tribune. "I don't think both teams would have had the same opportunities if we had started the third quarter. … It's disappointing we didn't get to finish it on the field."
While the outcome and circumstances that led to it may have left both players and fans feeling a bit underwhelmed, the final scoreline earned both squads a place in the state record books. Utah high school football historian George Felt told the Tribune that the tie was the first recorded in the state since 1984. That's means the teams ended a 27-year drought without a deadlock anywhere in the state.
And though both teams clearly wanted to start with a win, neither could be too disappointed with a season-opening draw. After all, a tie is always better than a loss, as Bullett was happy to tell the Tribune.
"Obviously Davis High is a good measuring stick and they are good every year," Bullett said. "We went toe to toe with them. I feel good battling with those guys."