Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Playoff Football

Tonight is the start of Iowa High School Football Playoffs.  My partners and i were assigned a Class2A football game.  The matchup was between the districts number 1 team Des Moines Christian and the districts #4 team Underwood.  Underwood comes from a far superior district with plenty of great teams playing in it.
  We arrive at the stadium about a half an hour before kickoff.  The game was played at a neutral site for both teams.  It was played at the beautiful stadium of Johnston High.  It was one of the most state of art stadiums in the state of Iowa going today.
  We get all set up in the pressbox over looking the field at the 50 yard line.  My lord it's almost game time!  After looking over pre-game notes I notice neither team passes much.  I guess we'll see some grind it out running football tonight.
  It's one cold son of a bitch tonight.  Lows of about 39 degrees.  Winds are about 45 mph.  With the tempature and the winds, it's one cold motherfucker.  Underwood gets the football and they are running the old school Nebraska/Oklahoma wishbone offense!  Tons of running in the first half, only 3 passes thrown.  I look down and swear to God above that it's fucking snowing.  Halftime is here!  Des Moines Christian 14 Underwood 7.
   Second half starts and Des Moines Christian comes unglued and starts kicking the Eagles (pussy nickname) all over the goddamn field.  After a couple of huge touchdown runs, the Lions of Des Moines Christian are winning bigtime.  It's the middle of the 4th quarter and all we can think about is how damn cold it is and what are we going to eat.  
   The game finally ends with Des Moines Christian winning in a blow out over Underwood 40 to 13.  One teams season ends and the other moves on closer to the state title.  This is why I get up every morning and go to work.  I know at the end of the week I'm going to see 100 high school kids bust their collective asses to do good as a football team.  I'm going to see blood, sweat and tears every week.  This is Americana folks!  High School Football at it's very best!  My lord I can't wait till Monday for the next playoff games!

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