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Air Force at Navy: Weather could again be a factor

October 6, 2017 Updated: October 6, 2017 at 3:50 pm
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photo - Rain pours down on the field during the first half of an NCAA college football game between Air Force and San Diego State, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Air Force Academy, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
Rain pours down on the field during the first half of an NCAA college football game between Air Force and San Diego State, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Air Force Academy, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - No surprise here, but rain is a possibility for Saturday.

The likely scenario is that the 1:30 p.m. game in Annapolis will be finished before the threat of weather increases in the evening. Early in the week it looked like a storm might move in during the late afternoon hours, but it's becoming more likely that it will stay away until Sunday.

Of course, Air Force also believed it was going to dodge the rain last week even as it was en route to the stadium in Albuquerque.

That obviously proved to not be the case, as the Falcons instead waited through their second lightning delay of at least an hour in as many weeks.

If rain and/or lightning strike again Saturday, Air Force’s equipment team will again be prepared.

Even on the road, equipment manager Scott Richardson and his crew were able to offer dry socks, undershirts and pretty much everything aside from fresh jerseys thanks to an equipment truck that comes full and organized to give players as many options as they would have for a home game.

“Our equipment guys are the best,” senior defensive end Santo Coppola said. “I’ve never been at a different program, but they’re the best guys in our mind. They do such a great job of getting us whatever we need.”

Coppola, however, didn’t feel the need to change into dry clothes during the weather delays.

“Me, personally, I know if I’m wet I’m going to get wet again,” he said. “So why bother?”

The only group left in the cold – or in this case, wet – at New Mexico was the equipment team itself. With the large truck to load in a downpour after the game, the crew had time to assist in seeing the gear off to Colorado Springs but not enough time to spare to change into dry clothes themselves.

That made for wet, and cold, chartered flight home.

They’re hopeful that won’t be the case this weekend, but they’re also not particularly encouraged by the weather prospects for the rest of the season considering there will be three home games in November, broken only by a trip to Boise, Idaho.

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