The Miami Columbus and Miami Jackson football teams are each considered state championship contenders this season thanks to explosive offenses and play-making defenses.
Each team dueled for a half Wednesday night at Tropical Park, with Jackson taking an 18-16 halftime lead.
But they will have to wait until Friday for a chance to finish the game.
Only seconds after senior quarterback Desmond Phillips found an opening in Columbus’ defense and ran 18 yards for a go-ahead touchdown, the stadium’s lightning detector sounded and play was suspended.
The game is scheduled to resume at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Traz Powell Stadium. It will precede the game between Miami Northwestern and American scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Traz.
Phillips ran for a 10-yard touchdown earlier and found junior Sharod Johnson open for a 65-yard touchdown strike to give the Generals a 12-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Columbus answered by scoring 16 unanswered points highlighted by a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Alex Ros to receiver Jerron Rollins.
Ros found Rollins over the middle late in the first quarter and Rollins scampered 25 yards to cut Jackson’s lead to 12-7.
On the ensuing series, Columbus’ defense chased down Phillips into the end zone on a broken play and sacked him behind the goal line for a safety to make it 12-9.
Columbus capitalized following the free kick as another solid drive was capped by Ros’ 7-yard touchdown toss to Rollins.
Phillips, who threw for 131 yards on 8 of 9 attempts, engineered the Generals’ touchdown drive in the final two minutes of the half.
Jackson, which made the playoffs last season with a 6-5 record, defeated Weston Cypress Bay 34-3 last week. Columbus dropped a close, 25-24 decision on the road against Winter Haven, but led by two scores early before playing several reserves. The Explorers went 13-2 last season after reaching the state final for the first time since 1982.
▪ Mast Academy d. Sunset (25-16, 25-22, 17-25, 25-16): Mia Boloix 22 kills, 11 aces. Angelica Torres 37 assists, 4 blocks. Victoria Sewing 18 digs, 9 kills. MA 1-0.
▪ Coral Park d. Homestead (25-6, 25-6, 25-8): Nicole Uzieda 14 assists. Ashley Fornaris 6 kills. Bianca Tejeda 7 digs, 6 aces. CP 2-0.
▪ St. Thomas d. Pompano Beach (25-16, 25-18, 25-23): Brook Bauer 16 kills, 11 digs, 3 aces, 12 points. Allison Marble 10 kills, 15 digs, ace, 9 points. STA 2-0.
▪ Gulliver d. Miami Country Day (25-14, 25-20, 25-18): Caro Mengotti 16 kills, 8 digs. Sarah Lobo 5 aces, 4 kills, 32 assists, 5 digs. Isa Lamus 5 kills, 4 blocks. GP 1-0.
▪ Late Tuesday — Miami Country Day d. Carrolton (25-23, 25-16, 19-25, 23-25, 16-14): Brooke Pumo 18 kills, 15 digs, 3 blocks. Jade Iadarola 10 kills, ace, block. Sasha Jenkins 3 aces, 4 digs, 28 assists. Sam Dorfman 24 digs. Nyasia John 4 kills, 7 blocks. Indira Dandrigde 6 kills,7 blocks. Mia Paez 4 kills, block.
▪ Late Tuesday — Coral Park d. Braddock (25-23, 14-25, 25-12, 22-25, 15-12): Nicole Uzieda 24 Assists, 7 blocks. Laura Garcia 8 kills,4 blocks. Bianca Tejeda 24 digs, 4 aces. CP 1-0.
▪ Late Tuesday — Mater Lakes Academy d. SLAM Academy (25-17, 25-23, 25-6): ML1-0. SC 0-1.
▪ Braddock 5, Reagan 0: High Game: Patricia Velasco (BRA) 158. Isabel Garcia (RR) 135. High Series: Patricia Velasco (BRA) 453. Adriana Rosero (RR) 375.
▪ Reagan 5, Braddock 0: High Game: Rafael Chang (RR) 181. Eric Garcia (BRA) 158. High Series: Rafael Chang (RR) 512. Eric Garcia (BRA) 418.
South Miami vs. Varela (Southridge), 4:00
Hialeah vs. Miami Springs (Hendricks), 7:00
Miami Palmetto vs. Sunset (Southridge), 7:00
Coral Reef vs. South Dade (Harris), 7:00
Hillel vs. Miami Country Day (Country Day), 7:00
Coral Gables vs. Carol City ( Traz Powell Stadium), 7:00
Keys Gate Charter at Mater Academy Charter, 5
La Salle at Saint Brendan, 5
North Miami at Hialeah Gardens,5
Miami Senior at American, 5
Miami Northwestern at Miami Jackson, 5
Westwood Christian at International Studies Charter, 5
Brito Miami Private at Hebrew Academy, 5
Coral Gables at South Miami, 5
Hialeah at Dr. Michael Krop, 5
Coral Reef Senior at Miami Southridge, 5
Miami Springs Sr at Miami Beach, 5
Monsignor Edward Pace at Hialeah Miami Lakes, 5
Princeton Christian at SLAM Charter, 5
Boca Raton Christian at Divine Savior, 6:30
Miami Palmetto at Varela, 7:15
Miami Coral Park at Southwest, 7:15Lourdes Academy at G Holmes Braddock, 7:15
Palmer Trinity School at Terra, 7:15
South Dade at Miami Killian, 7:15
Greater Miami Academy at Florida Christian, 7:30
Booker T. Washington at St. Thomas Aquinas, 8
Chaminade-Madonna at Belen, 4
Goleman at Western, 7
Calvary Christian at Florida Christian, 7:30
Doral at Pembroke Pines Charter, 7
Northwestern vs. American (Traz), 7:30
North Miami vs. Miami High (Curtis), 7:30
Krop vs. Mourning (N. Miami), 7:30
Edison at Southridge, 7:30
Champagnat Catholic at Westminster Christian, 4
Reagan vs. Miami Beach (Memorial), 7
Ferguson vs. Homestead (Harris), 7:30
Gulliver at Oxbridge Academy, 7
Hialeah-Miami Lakes at Monsignor Pace, 7:30
Westland Hialeah vs. Hialeah Gardens (Milander), 7:30
Miami Community Charter at Archbishop Curley, 4
Palmer Trinity at Ransom Everglades, 7:30
Tavernier Coral Shores at La Salle, 7:30
Dade Christian at Fort Myers Canterbury, 7
Pinecrest Prep at Archbishop Carroll, 4
Somerset Charter at Marathon, 7:30
Ocala Lake Weir at Key West, 7:30
Douglas at Flanagan, 7
Cypress Bay at Deerfield Beach, 7
Everglades at Coral Springs, 7
Taravella at McArthur, 7
University School at Nova, 7
Cardinal Gibbons vs. Plantation (PAL), 7
Boyd Anderson at South Broward, 7
Dillard vs. Stranahan (South Plantation), 7
Northeast at Piper, 7
Fort Lauderdale at Punta Gorda Charlotte, 7
Somerset at Moore Haven, 7
Coral Springs Charter at Palm Beach Benjamin, 7
Naples Barron Collier at Archbishop McCarthy, 7
Village Academy at North Broward Prep, 7
Westminster Academy at Kings Academy, 7
Pine Crest at Boca Pope John Paul II, 7
North Miami at Miami Carol City, 5
Miami Beach Senior at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning, 6
Florida Christian at Archbishop F Coleman, 6
Hialeah Educational Academy at Archimedean Academy,6
P K Yonge Developmental Res Sch at Ransom-Everglades, 6
South Dade at Miami Sunset, 7:15
Westwood Christian at Divine Savior, 7:30