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Lighting halts Area 8-AAA boys title game
Johnson High's Jonathan Mendoza, left, and Aiden Reising of Gainesville battle for the ball on Friday at City Park . - photo by Tom Reed

Three minutes into the game, Gainesville High's Christian Gomez's shot struck the crossbar.

Six minutes later, Johnson High's Edgar Ochoa took the rebound off his missed shot and hit a hard strike into the back of the net to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.

While those events proved how hard-fought the game was, the biggest strike of the night came from lightning, which ended the game with 15:31 left in the first half.

The Area 8-AAA championship between the No. 4 Red Elephants (13-2, 10-0) and No. 5 Knights (13-2, 10-1) will resume where it left off on a date to be determined.

While the boys game ended abruptly, the girls got their game in, and it proved to enlarge the bevy of teams vying for a spot in the Class AAA playoffs.

Gainesville's Hartley Carter found Mary Katherine Dempsey for a goal in the first half to give the Lady Red Elephants a 1-0 win and ruin Johnson's bid for an area championship.

"It's been an up and down season," Gainesville coach Mark Wade said. "We needed a big win."

The Lady Red Elephants (11-5, 8-3) couldn't have picked a better time for a critical win. Gainesville's victory, combined with Chestatee's win over West Hall, creates a five-way tie for third place in the area.

Those five teams are all chasing the sixth-ranked Lady Knights (12-2-1, 10-1).

"I hate it for Johnson," Wade said. "But it's been a long time since we've been on the good side of a tight game.


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