But the skies opened up again right as the game started and fans headed under umbrellas and hoods and any protection they could find.
The rain also put a damper on Floyd County’s offense and defense as Fort Chiswell jumped out to a 14-0 lead. After a penalty call wiped out a long touchdown pass the Buffaloes finally got on the board by recovering a fumble and scoring shortly afterwards but the point after failed when the kicker slipped on the wet field, leaving the score at 14-6. Another drive stalled with a fumble and Fort Chiswell added a field goal to lead 17-6 at the half.
Still, Floyd County was in striking distance, trailing 17-12 when the game entered the fourth quarter but Fort Chiswell broke the game open with a touchdown pass, an intersception return for a touchdown.
Final score: 30-12.
Floyd has next Friday off, giving them two weeks to prepare for a road game at Glenvar.
Roger Mannon’s full story and more pictures in next week’s Floyd Press.