Two Howard County football games were delayed for 20 minutes Friday night after power surges caused stadium lights -- which were being used for the first time -- to shut down, said Don Disney, the county's coordinator of athletics.
At about 8 p.m., Mount Hebron's game against visiting Howard and Glenelg's game against visiting Wilde Lake were delayed because the lights went out, then needed to be warmed up for 20 minutes before play could be resumed.
Disney said he was contacted by local electrical engineers, who claimed a power surge had caused the blackout.
At Mount Hebron, approximately 1,600 people were left in the dark. Mount Hebron Athletic Director Mike Duffy ruled out a prank, saying the box holding the switch to the lights was locked when school officials turned the lights back on.
Herndon Legs It Out
Herndon didn't need any passing yards Friday night in its 35-0 shutout of West Potomac.
Led by senior Solomon Hedd-Williams's career-high 249 yards and three touchdowns, the Hornets gained 390 yards on the ground and none through the air. It was the first time in 10 seasons that Herndon did not gain any passing yards.
The Hornets upped their record to 5-0 for the first time since 1997, setting up a showdown at No. 4 Robinson next week. West Potomac fell to 0-5.
Long Reach Rolls
Emanuel Candenado rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries as Long Reach won its 10th consecutive game, defeating host Oakland Mills, 30-6, in Columbia.
It was the fifth time in sixth games that Long Reach (6-0, 6-0 Howard County) has held an opponent to six or fewer points. Overall, Long Reach has outscored its opponents 174-26 this season. The Lightning's last loss came against Glenelg on Oct. 11, 2003.
Oakland Mills fell to 1-5, 1-4 in Howard County.
On the Upswing
The last time Stonewall Jackson and Osbourn both were 1-0 in district play was 1998. The Virginia AAA Cedar Run District rivals met Saturday at Osbourn.
-- Jon Gallo and Liam Dillon