The spirit of Thursday night's Century League game between Villa Park and Santa Ana Valley was pretty much summed up in the waning moments at Fred Kelly Stadium in Orange.
With 1:53 remaining, Villa Park's Mike Noble was attempting to punt with the wind and rain hitting him in the face. He dropped the snap, picked up the ball and then kicked it across the field, soccer-style.
"Noble gets off the punt, so to speak," said the public-address announcer.
It was a fitting statement about Villa Park's 35-21 victory over Santa Ana Valley before a crowd of 250.
Make that a hearty group of 250 at the beginning of the game, a group that rapidly diminished as the rain picked up.
However, those who remained were able to see some notable performances, such as:
--Senior kicker Ryan Hayes of Villa Park accounting for nine of the Spartans' 35 points, including field goals of 40 and 48 yards. The 48-yarder was especially impressive considering the condition of the field by the third quarter.