By KEVIN THOMPSON
ULYSSES — The long-awaited showdown between two western Kansas powerhouses will have to wait a little longer.
Lightning, rain and the threat of more forced the postponement of the Great West Activities Conference matchup between Scott City and Ulysses.
Scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., the decision was made at around 8:20 to move the game to 1 p.m. today.
Waves of storms that started with a deluge in the daylight and more storms moving in helped in the decision.
Neither Scott City (5-0, 4-0), nor Ulysses (5-0, 2-0) said the delay will change anything about the teams' game plans.
For Scott City coach Glenn O'Neil, it means more travel and a change of routine.
"It's a new experience for me," he said. "We usually don't go through something like this."
Getting some sleep, eating breakfast and making the return trip to Ulysses is just something they'll have to do, O'Neil said.
"The rain on the field would have definitely changed some things that you've got scripted out" O'Neil said. "But if we come back tomorrow, and the field is just damp and it's not raining, then everything will stay the same as far as we're concerned."
Thursday night preparation for a Friday game is part of all teams' routines, however, and this change might be a challenge, he said.
"I hope both teams are ready to play," O'Neil said. "When you come out ready to play (on a Friday), you build up a lot of energy, and when you don't play, hopefully you can go home, sleep and get at it the next day."
Ulysses coach Jason Kenny said, while not having to travel, his staff and team would have to deal with pretty much the same issues.
"I told (the team), they can only worry about things we have control over," Kenny said. "We can't control the decisions of weather delays.
"You can't control the weather. We're playing (today) at 1 p.m. and we have to be ready then."
An afternoon game, while a break in the routine, can show him something about his team, Kenny said.
"I told them it's a chance for them to be resilient and to adjust," he said.
"Hopefully we'll be ready to go."
Kenny is no stranger to weather delays, this is the third one this season, but only the first postponement.
But playing in the afternoon does have a silver lining.
Kenny said he told the Tigers that the state championship game is played at 1 p.m.
"If we ever get there, we can say that we've done it," he said.