Here are the photos from the first half of this week’s game:
And here are the photos from the second half of the game:
Just as the band was starting their first song of their show it was announced there was a mandatory evacuation of the stadium due to lightning and everyone needed to head either to their cars or the school gym. The band insisted on finishing their song but didn’t get to the other two they had ready. The band director told me today that they’d originally been given the go-ahead to finish their show but she was watching the band members watch the sky during the first number, in particular the sousaphone player, and they seemed a bit nervous about holding metal instruments in a lightning storm.
We watched the lightning from the parking lot for about half an hour and then the rain came through so we got in the car. At 9:30pm the lightning was still too close to restart the game so they agreed to play the second half 12 hours after the first half ended the next morning. Eleven high-school football games in the area were affected, either shortened or delayed, by thunderstorms Friday night (“Thunderstorms hit Tucson valley,” Arizona Daily Star, 12 September 2014). Only 2 or 3 games were unaffected. It was quite the storm.
The opposing team snapped a 12 game loosing streak despite the most interesting punt we’ve ever seen (“HS football: Rincon/University 34, Palo Verde 12,” Arizona Daily Star, 13 September 2014). The punt lost a yard (not counting bounce) and was recovered by the home team and run back 25 yards for a touch down.
Aside from the lightning delay and the punt, there was something else that stood out to me about the game. As the chain crew we stand on the sidelines with the opposing team. Each game is a new chance for me to observe and analyze a different coaching staff, in particular with regards to all the theories of motivation I’ve studied. I’ve concluded that most football coaches could use a bit more instruction in motivational strategies.
This week’s team was very impressive though.
I only heard swearing twice, and one of them was followed immediately by an “excuse me.” And I don’t think it was because there was a lady present.
There is a box on the sidelines that runs between the 25 yard lines and is about 2 yards or so off the sideline that the players and coaching staff are all supposed to stay inside of. It allows the officials plenty of room to safely work. Most coaches are pretty good at keeping their players in the box, some of the time, but stink about staying in it themselves. This team was constantly reminding the players to back up, but they were reminding them to back up 2 yards inside their box so the coaches still had room to pace and stomp and all that, but still stay in the box. As someone with the potential of being caught between players coming off the field at full speed and players standing on the side, I really appreciated their attempts to give us as much room as possible.
And the coaching staff used every opportunity to help their players be better even though it was the middle of the game and not a practice. A penalty was called on the home team and one of the away players turned to his coach and asked him to explain the penalty. The coach explained what it was and that that was why they taught them to play the position a certain way, to keep from having that penalty called. I was impressed that the player felt safe enough to ask the question in the first place and then that the coach would take the time right then to explain it to him.
So far the away teams have been pretty good with regards to their sideline behavior this season. We’ll see how the team in two weeks does.