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Welcome to the 15-hour halftime show

by Chris Conley

EVERYTHING EVERGREENS (FOX SPORTS WAUSAU-WSAU) Welcome to the 15-hour halftime show. That's how long it will be between the end of the first half and the start of the second half of the Everest-Rapids game. We waited two-and-a-half hours because of lightning with Rapids leading, 12-7 at halftime. The game will re-start with the second half kickoff at 11:30am Saturday.

Everest hoped to finish up the game on Friday night, and wanted to wait as long as possible for a break in the weather. They had to scramble for bus drivers on a holiday weekend, and will have to make the trip back to Wisconsin Rapids for a second day in a row. Rapids, nursing a narrow lead and without any travel concerns, would have suspended the game and sent their kids home earlier if they could have. In the end, Mother Nature left us with no opportunity to play.

The game was just starting to get interesting. Jayson Wiernik is running all over Everest for a second year in a row. Hes rushed for two touchdowns and rolled up at least 100-yards in the first half.

But Everest put together its best drive of the game just before halftime, and they did it with a change in strategy. The Evergreens used a four wide-receiver set and spread the Rapids defense. For the first time, quarterback Darren Sanchez was able to run the football effectively. And as Rapids moved more defenders up front, it opened up the Everest passing game. The result was a 70-yard scoring drive that put Everest back in the game.

The conclusion of the game will be heard on tape-delay after the Wausau-East vs. Marshfield game, which starts at 12-noon on AM-1390 FM-93.9.

Chris Conley