Video Captures Moment Power Outage Causes Blackout at Acadiana High School Football Game
Severe weather conditions seemed to lead to a blackout at Acadiana High School during a highly anticipated football game between the Acadiana High Wreckin' Rams and the Lafayette High Mighty Lions.
As locals sought shelter across the area — whether at Youngsville Sports Complex flag football games or the Downtown Alive event featuring swamp pop legend Tommy McClain — Facebook user Patrick Painter captured a moment that showcased the community spirit of Acadiana. A power outage just after halftime started killed all the lights on the football field and scoreboard at Acadiana High, plunging the stadium into darkness.
In a unique moment, fans began turning on their phone flashlights, creating a makeshift lighting system reminiscent of a Beyoncé or Taylor Swift concert. While the communal effort was a cool visual, it was nowhere near the illumination needed to play a football game.
"I heard it was a blackout game," one fan humorously quipped, turning the situation into a lighthearted moment. Another attendee recalled a similar experience, saying, "Happened at Church Point when I worked there."
Though the power outage lasted only about 30 minutes, the impact on the game was minimal. Acadiana's Wreckin' Rams didn't miss a beat, cruising to a decisive 63-12 victory over the Lafayette High Mighty Lions.
The incident serves as a reminder that sometimes, weather can indeed be the 12th man in outdoor sporting events (and not in a good way). As Acadiana and the greater Gulf Coast continue to navigate the unpredictability of fall weather, it's reassuring to see the strength and unity of the community shine even when the lights go out.