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Rain washes out games

For the second time this season, Friday night football games in Hillsborough County were blown away and scattered to different days and times.

"I can never remember this happening twice in one year," Hillsborough County assistant director of athletics Vernon Korhn said. "But I guess there's a first time for everything."

Korhn said he and administrators decided to cancel games around 2:30 on Friday because forecasters had tornado warnings in effect until 8 p.m.

"We certainly can't be playing with the possibility of a tornado being out there," Korhn said. "No way."

As a result, a flurry of rescheduling took place (See box, this page).

The most painful repercussion from all this may be the loss of money, especially since the county's centralized funding pot took another hit in the season's fourth week when many games were also rescheduled.

"When you go on Saturdays and Monday's you're definitely going to lose a lot of people who already had plans for other things," Korhn said. "But we'll still get our share out there and we'll be all right."

A private school like Jesuit, however, depends heavily on it's gate revenues, and the Tigers already are minus one home game's receipts because of foul weather.

"I don't know what we'll do as far as the revenue, but we're going to have to do something," Jesuit coach Dominick Ciao said. "You know this is all very frustrating.

"You try to get your team prepared to play Friday night and then it gets moved to Monday and then you have to turn right around and get ready for Friday.

"Plus, (Friday) was our homecoming and now it's moved to Monday this weather has really made it tough on us."