MORRISON — The game started with a trick and ended with a flash, at least for Friday. Morrison and Princeton will resume play at 11 a.m. Saturday after their Friday night game was postponed due to weather.
At the time of the initial lightning delay, the Morrison Mustangs were in control of the game, leading the visiting Tigers 8-0, thanks to an Andy Bird touchdown run from 4 yards out, with 6:59 left in the first quarter.
The Tigers made the hour drive back to Princeton after the game was officially postponed at approximately 9:20 p.m. And they’ll make that same hour drive back to Morrison Saturday.
Princeton coach Jesse Snyder said it will be important for his team to have a short memory and play aggressive when it gets back on the field.
“The big thing is, we have to get guys home and off their feet and rested up,” he said. “Come back tomorrow and go back to work.”
The early start will be an adjustment for the Mustangs as well, Bielema said.
“It’s going to be a brand new experience,” he said. “And that seems like the 2013 Mustangs’ motto here. Everything is brand new.”
Bird scored on the opening drive of the game, which started from the Princeton 41-yard line after Morrison ran a double reverse on its first kickoff return of the 2013 season.
The game was paused with Morrison driving once again, with the ball on the Princeton 17-yard line after the Mustangs forced and recovered a fumble on the Tigers’ fourth play from scrimmage.
“I wasn’t really sure how we were going to come out on the year,” Bielema said. “We weren’t crisp in all phases, we had some sloppiness, but it was a bad time for us to have something like this occur.”
The Mustangs committed two false start penalties and had a bad shotgun snap on its second drive.
Also new for the Mustangs this season is nine starters on each side of the ball, including sophomore quarterback Joey Brackemyer, and some tweaks to the offense.
“We took some time to refine some things and add some new stuff as well, to get to Joey’s talents as well as some of our other receivers and backs,” Bielema said. Brackemyer completed both passes Friday night, for 31 yards.