Melrose’s opener at Tatum postponed by rain

CNJ staff

TATUM — Heavy rain and lightning forced the postponement of Friday’s Melrose-Tatum football game, the 8-man season opener for both teams.

Melrose coach Dickie Roybal said the Buffaloes made the trip to Tatum and were warming up when the inclement weather struck. The teams will attempt to make up the game a 6 p.m. Monday.

“I guess they got about three inches in less than 45 minutes,” Roybal said. “We got off the bus and started to throw the ball around, and the lightning and rain hit (around 6:15 p.m., 45 minutes before the scheduled start).”

Roybal said the teams waited until around 9 p.m., but the weather never let up enough to play.