By Bobbie. Brown
Dad and I left around noon to drive the two hours to Bryson for the White Deer/Union Hill match up. We left early because all the rain causes some flooding issues between Rule and Haskell. And sure enough, we got to Rule and the road was closed. We made the 40-minute detour to Stamford and then back up to Haskell. But we finally made it to Bryson safe and sound.
I knew this game would be a defensive battle. No one attending the game was disappointed! My view is normally on the field with a camera in my hand, but today I had the opportunity to sit in the press box with Michael and broadcast. The view from up there is definitely different. There are so many things you can see that you don’t notice when you’re right next to all the action. I do get a little excited when I see a play about to unfold. A player running wide open down the field. The pass is perfect. He catches it and takes it in. Sometimes the focus is on the defense. I cannot keep from saying, “Ooooohhhh!” when I see a great tackle.
I’m pretty sure that I said, “Ooooohhhh!!!” about 237 times tonight. There were so many great blocks and straight up hit a wall and down you go tackles. The wet and muddy field made a great battlefield. The fans on both sides were rowdy and completely into every play. What an awesome atmosphere for a Saturday game!
And because it was a Saturday game, streaming live video is allowed (can’t do it on Friday). I don’t know why it took me until the 4th quarter to realize I could video. I’m going to go ahead and apologize for the jerky live video on Facebook. I tried to keep it still. Again, the excitement of the game and the electric atmosphere made it hard to focus on holding the phone still. If you were at the game, you know what I mean. I feel like I witnessed a playoff game in Week 7! It was THAT good!
Also, to the Bucks and the Bulldogs. Wow. I saw 100% effort every single play and out of every single player. While I couldn’t see the sweat and mud fly, I can imagine that’s exactly what happened when the loud echo of pads on pads smacking together with great force made its way up the stands and into the press box. Effort like when White Deer Buck Mason Mooney was blocked down and lying on his back and somehow hauled himself upright enough to lunge a few feet to bring down a Bulldog driving his way down the field. Effort like the last play when Keelan Caffey broke four tackles to dive into the end zone for the game winning touchdown. Plays like those happened in each of the four quarters. Kudos to both teams and all the Bucks and Bulldogs. It was a pleasure to watch you do battle today!
I need to give my appreciation to Bryson for being such great hosts. I really enjoyed the announcer and his wife. And the Cowboys have excellent facilities… even after getting around five inches of rain in the previous 24 hours! If you get a chance to go to Bryson for a game. Do it. Great field (or it was before today’s game – it may be just a little messed up now) and very welcoming and friendly people! I didn’t get a chance to visit the concession stand, but Dad did. He gave the food a big thumbs up!
And before I forget… Mr. Kason Vigil (White Deer) and Mr. River Scudday (Union Hill), I will never, ever forget how to say your last names. I know it is frustrating when announcers repeatedly pronounce a name incorrectly. We said both of your names many times through the first three quarters. And we pronounced them incorrectly. But a big thank you goes to your awesome Buck and Bulldog fans who spelled those names phonetically online so that we could say them correctly all through the 4th quarter when it counted!
If you didn’t attend this game, you missed a GREAT one. It had a little bit of everything and a whole lot of what we love about Six-man football. Grit. Pure grit and heart and determination. It was a game that got our hearts pumping. It made us nervous. It made us yell and stomp. And long after the last second ticked off the clock, our hearts continued beating just a little faster.