While Conway High’s lightning-fast offense made some big plays on the field Saturday night, the Wampus Cats were halted because of lightning off it.

The varsity portion of the annual Wampus Cat Steak-Out intrasquad scrimmages was called off about 25 minutes before scheduled completion at John McConnell Stadium because of a thunderstorm in the area.

The first unit had some big plays and long scoring plays. 

"We wanted to do more," Conway coach Clint Ashcraft said. "We started with the older guys. I felt bad for the 10th- and 11th-graders because I told them we would go 30 minutes with them and we ended up going about five. But we can’t control the weather and you want to be safe.

"We have a lightning detector and coach (Steve) Daniels (athletic director) said it was showing lightning within 3 to 8 miles and that’s when we quit."

All Conway teams, seventh through 12th, had intrasquad games before a large crowd.

During the climactic varsity scrimmage, Ashcraft said he was not pleased with some penalties.

"But this was the first time, we had gone out with officials," he said. "Some of the things we got away with in practice were called. That was good for us. We’ll learn from that."

Conway will host Fort Smith Northside in a 6 p.m. Tuesday night in a scrimmage to benefit the Arkansas Activities Association’s catastrophic insurance fund.

"We’ll learn a lot more about ourselves Tuesday night," Ashcraft said.