2018 From the Sidelines: Rotan at Ira
By Bobbie Brown
I don’t know what it is, but every time I go to Ira to cover a game, they have a bake sale. I love baked goods. Who doesn’t? Last year when I went to cover Klondike at Ira, the concession stand was selling homemade cookies with the chocolate kiss in the center. I thought I’d hit the jackpot as I don’t normally get to eat those until Christmas! This year I really scored! They had long tables completely loaded down with cakes and cookies. It was all kinds of goodness. I have to say, the people of Ira can bake some good stuff, and the proceeds always go to a great cause. This year the funds go toward helping a person in the neighboring town who has cancer. What a worthy cause! Selling all that baked goodness had to have brought in a lot of funds for her!
Aside from the baked goods at Ira, I always enjoy the chats I have with Coach Goodwin. He’s got the field looking pretty good! It was nice and green, and he was particularly proud of the pink ribbon painted at the 40-yard line. While pink and orange do not normally mix well, last night they looked great together!
Rotan was coming off a hard-fought game with Jayton last week. I exchanged the usual pleasantries with Coach Stanaland and Coach Watson. Great guys! The Yellowhammers work hard. And while the score was not in their favor, they never gave up. They gave great effort throughout the entire game. One thing that really impresses me about Rotan are the fans. They yell. Loud and proud. Every play. And the band is just phenomenal. I definitely know when I’m on the Rotan side. It is loud and supportive!
The Ira side was very lively! One thing I look forward to with Ira is the playing of Polka music. After every touchdown, here comes the Polka! It makes you want to dance. I am pretty sure I danced a little jig on the sidelines once or twice during the game. Seriously, you just can’t stop from moving when it blares through the loud speakers! The Bulldogs score, the Polka played, and the fans cheered. The Bulldogs were fired up last night. I saw many high-fives and smiles from the players and coaches.
While we had a brief reprieve from the storms last night in Ira, many of you were out in the wet and soggy again. The weather has definitely made Six-man football interesting these past few weeks! But we are over halfway through the 2018 season! Crazy how fast it goes. Before we know it, it will be the middle of November, and we’ll all be bundled up against the cold on Friday nights. Enjoy every second of it. It just doesn’t last that long! Until I see you on the sidelines, go forward and do GOOD!
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