The start of the regular season in high school football also comes during the heart of hurricane season. Heavy rain and lightning delays are common. This week has been particularly troublesome for teams with the threat of Hurricane Hermine, which canceled practices for nearly every Tampa Bay team Wednesday and Thursday.Weather-related issues the past two weeks have made things adventurous for coaches, especially those in Pinellas County. Boca Ciega coach Max Smith said he was enjoying an unexpected day off with his kids on Thursday. Smith, like all area coaches, couldn't practice or even go on campus. In Smith's case, weather has been a problem for two weeks. Boca Ciega's game at Lakewood last week was postponed until Oct. 3 due to rain and lightning. "I can't ever remember a start like this; it's been crazy," Smith said. "I guess I would have to go back to my high school (playing) days when 9/11 hit and we had to take two days off. So I just told my kids, there is no use getting upset about the weather. Nothing you can do about it. Just watch Hudl and stay healthy."Boca Ciega plays at home against Gibbs, which also didn't play last week due to weather. Two other St. Petersburg public schools, St. Petersburg and Lakewood, saw their openers washed out. They face each other tonight. "(Missing practices) has its pros and cons," Lakewood coach Cory Moore said. "The pro is that you have more time to work on what you do. The con is that you don't have a chance to get players on film, especially the seniors."Unless the weather takes an unexpected turn, games are still mostly on for Friday night — for now. Hillsborough and Pinellas public schools will evaluate fields Friday morning, then decide on an individual basis whether to play. Pasco County AD Matt Wicks Pasco County AD Matt Wicks said home team administrators will decide whether games will be played Friday. Schools are closed in those three counties, as well as Hernando on Friday. Fields are sure to be soggy, but Smith feels a soggy field is no reason to cancel a football game."I always laugh at that one," Smith said. "What are our fields, Augusta National? Our fields (stink)."Hernando coach Bill Vonada could have used a full week of practice to prepare for Springstead. "You're really at the mercy of the weather at this point," Vonada said. "There's no sense in worrying about it. It's not an ideal situation, especially for us when we're playing a team as complex as Springstead. But it is what it is. All you can do is make sure they are as prepared as possible."Cambridge Christian was one of the few bay area teams that did get in a practice Wednesday."We went out in the rain for about two hours," coach Bob Dare said. "I don't know if it was such a good idea because now I'm getting sick."