You guys all know that I am not a sports writer. Like at all.... I hardly know anything about any sports that don't involve horses. But I'm learning. I've learned that sports are really, really important to the kids in this town and many other little towns like it.....
Saturday was probably this BIGGEST day of the year for our little school in our little town. Our beloved, six man football team made it to the state championship game. Our co-op team of Geraldine/Highwood played the co-op team of Stanford/Denton/Geyser. The other team only lost one game all year. The game they played against our team. They were worthy opponents and everyone knew it would be a very good game. The other team comes from the little towns that are Geraldine's "neighbors". So it was also a hometown rivalry.
When I pulled out of Geraldine to head over the mountains to the Highwood field, Geraldine was already a ghost town. Nobody was here! I am certain Stanford, Denton and Geyser were also ghost towns. I drove the dirt roads over the mountains to Highwood because it cuts off the miles and it's such a pretty drive. So many people had done the same thing that there was a hazy cloud of dust all the way through the hills. A dust cloud of hope and anticipation.
|11-Wyatt McKinlay, 22-Dawson Baroh, 34-Jordan Lafontaine, 32-Darren Malek|
When Payson and I arrived at the field we found it was standing room only on the side lines of the field. Well, actually there wasn't even much for standing room on either side of the field. Some folks had even parked one of their vehicles in the "perfect spot" next to the field, days before the game to ensure they'd get a good view.
|17- Jeremiah Hinkle, 21- Sean Bronec, 28-Devin Leistiko|
Our boys started the game by getting some touchdowns right out of the box. From then on you could feel the hope in the chilly late fall air....
|Coach Tweet with the boys. 55-Ben Rayner, 17-Jeremiah Hinkle, 56-Braden Urion|
The boys maintained the lead for the length of the game. At one point the other team rallied and made us all hold our breath for a bit....
|25-Sam Bronec, 32-Darren Malek, 34-Jordan Lafontaine|
|7- Jake Malek, 25- Sam Bronec, 34- Jordan Lafontaine|
Our boys were not about to let the opponents get a lead. You could feel their determination building.
|3-Riley Kurtz gets tackled.|
|22-Dawson Baroh He catches it....|
|and is tackled.|
The end of the game arrived to find us with a score of 50-18. The "blue side" of the field erupted with ten years worth of exuberance.
We are the champions again....
Congratulations to our Rivals! Geraldine and Highwood could not be more proud!
This post was written with the intent to share these photos with the parents and families of our players. Please feel free to copy and save any of these photos and use them as you wish.
Bye for now,