The Union Spartans and Pender Patriots tried to get in their game before the wet weather, but lightning delayed the game a few minutes before halftime with Union leading 8-7.
Union took the field with a 1-1 record for their first home game of the season. The Pender Patriots received the opening kickoff and on the second play scored on a 65-yard run around the right side. Pender kicked the extra point and made the score 7-0 less than a minute into the game.
Elijah McKoy received the kickoff from the Patriots and made a nice return to start Union’s first offensive series. The Spartans drove the ball down the field with solid blocks and good running plays. Trey Underwood made a big gain down to the 12-yard line. Vance King punched the ball in for the touchdown and Underwood scored the two-point conversion to put Union ahead 8-7.
Pender fumbled on their next possession. King recovered the fumble but the Spartans failed to get a first down.
On the next offensive series for the Patriots, they tried a long pass but the ball was intercepted by Isaac Underwood. The Spartans then had several penalties and were backed up deep in their own territory.
Dalton Young had a great punt to get the Spartans out the shadow of their own goal line. Pender failed to convert and punted the ball back to the Spartans. It was at this point the game was postponed due to lightening. After several more lightning sightings and a look at the radar the officials decided to call the game.
The game will be completed on Sept. 11 on the Spartan field.
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