16 recently flipped through some of the football and baseball game posts I’ve written over the years that he’s played.
When he got home from the Friday night high school football game (one in which he didn’t even suit up to play), he said to me “You know how you wrote about the best baseball game ever? Well, that was the best football game ever!”
Even though he didn’t play, it WAS pretty damn exciting. And as the boys get older, it does feel more significant.
How do you know you are playing at a different level?
When I can now link to two local newspaper articles instead of writing up all the details myself
First, from the largest of the county papers:
On fourth-and-1, with the game on the line and time winding down, Torrey Pines running back Chase Pickwell confidently drew the call with his number “35 Belly.”
Then the Falcons senior saw an open hole and burst through it for a 29-yard touchdown scamper that lifted the visitors over third-ranked Cathedral Catholic 24-17 with 1:00 left to complete a comeback from a 10-point deficit in a battle between Carmel Valley neighbors on Friday night.
“Oh, that was great,” said Pickwell, a senior who gained 93 yards on 15 rushes.
Then this from the more local North County paper:
An aggressive defense and 17 fourth-quarter points powered the Torrey Pines High football team to a 24-17 upset of No. 3 Cathedral Catholic on Friday night at Cathedral.
Those two snapshots from the articles sum up the basics. TPHS jumped to an early lead. CC roared back to take a lead going into the 4th quarter. TPHS offense had been largely ineffective the whole game.
Then it was like someone lit a fire under the boys. Our quarterback turned into Michael Vick and scrambled all over the field for critical first downs. As plays were made, the boys came up fist pumping and rallying the crowd to get louder. Even though we were visitors, the stands were JAMMED since this is really an in neighborhood rivalry and we all live in the same 10 mile radius. Not only were player’s families there, but a large portion of the student body showed up along with former graduates and and then some of the pop warner youth league teams and coaches.
The defense fed off of the renewed energy from the offense and CC could not get any sort of drive going despite how easily they seemed to be able to move in the earlier quarters.
It was, in fact, a highly emotionally charged game and one that these players take SERIOUSLY each year. Our in conference rival used to be the other public high school closest to us, but when CC opened up just a mile down the road and right away developed (private school – they can offer scholarships) a very strong football program, this became the #1 team to beat each year. The teams have traded victories, some quite a bit uglier than others, but this was a huge triumph especially for the seniors who can say they won that final game of their careers against CC. This was, at least, an injury free game thankfully.
Well, except maybe for the one CC defender who had the unfortunate luck to be “blocked” by our biggest lineman on a goal line play. Watching film with 16 on Saturday we couldn’t help but to rewind and replay this guy running blindly into a very large tree-like player I am fairly sure that guy was a tad sore over the weekend!