The Floyd County High School Marching Band plays in the dark after the lights went out.
The Floyd County High School Marching Band plays in the dark after the lights went out.
collide and wipe out the last chance to tackle Giles runner in opening kickoff return.
Emiilan Ratuszmy and Presley Yates ot the Buffaloes collide and wipe out the last chance to tackle Giles runner in opening kickoff return.

Giles County High School’s Spartans scored on the opening kickoff Friday night against the Floyd County Buffaloes when Austin Pendleton ran 98 yards for his team’s first score in the first quarter this season.

The Buffaloes blocked the extra point attempt but the 6-0 score in the opening minute was the closet Floyd got to Giles in a 47-0 runaway game on a blustery, chilly night.

When the high winds knocked out the lights as the Floyd marching band took the field to start the half, it provided the most opportunity for the home team to cheer the band’s musical performance — performed in the dark with light primarily from smartphones — as school officials struggled to get the lighting back on in time to introduce the sandlots teams for the final part of the show.

The Buffaloes trailed 33-0 at that point and the second half didn’t get any better as Giles added two more scores.

More photos in next week’s Floyd Press.

A ground-gaining run by Joshua Bary provided one of the few highlights for the Floyd team in a 47-0 loss.
A ground-gaining run by Joshua Bary provided one of the few highlights for the Floyd team in a 47-0 loss.
Fans use their smartphones to provide light after the field went dark.
Fans use their smartphones to provide light after the field went dark.
Buffalo Quarterback Ian Bary hands off to Presley Yates.
Buffalo Quarterback Ian Bary hands off to Presley Yates.
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