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Power outage during 6A playoff game causes postponement

The plan is for the game to be finished on Friday.

It was the 3rd quarter in the 6A state high school football quarterfinal between Blaine and Eastview when the lights went out.

The field at White Bear Lake High School was shrouded in darkness after an electrical fire caused a power outage.

The Blaine Bengals were leading by a score of 14-2 in snowy conditions, but the power cut forced the game to be postponed overnight.

The plan is to restart the game at White Bear Lake at 3 p.m. Friday, but if there remains issues at the school, the backup plan is finishing the game at Osseo High School.

The Star Tribune reports that the stadium lights went out at around 8:15 p.m. with Eastview in possession near midfield. Within minutes, the stanchion, scoreboard and press box lights all went dark.

The unusual circumstances are forcing the schools to scramble to make arrangements.

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Eastview High School has announced that its football team will now be released from school Friday at 11:10 a.m., while students who plan on going to the game can leave at 1:30 p.m. with parent permission.

There will be no charge for anyone attending the rescheduled game, even if they didn't attend on Thursday night.

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