I was up before the sun this morning as I prepared for a full morning of practices. Blanket was first on my list followed by Zephyr and Mullin. These three towns are only a few minutes apart, and my hope was to catch them all in one morning. Luckily, I did not only catch all three towns practicing, but they were all working outside while I was there.
I pulled into Blanket while the morning was still crisp. I figured they would be at the old field on the hilltop, and I was correct. I was greeted by Coach Tabor who informed me that the boys were getting their pads. Today is day one for pads. Still no contact except touch but time to start getting used to wearing them and the weight of the pads.
I moseyed on out to the field where the sprinklers jugged away spraying water into the golden morning sunlight. In this part of Texas, there is often a light haze of moisture in the air in the early mornings, and this day was no different. Blanket is set in a beautiful area full of hills, creeks, and big oak trees. The kind of place that makes you want to become one with nature.
From the old hilltop field you can see for miles and really take in the view. You can also see the new fancy stadium below. When you stand on the hill and look down at the new stadium, the Hallelujah chorus plays in your mind. It’s like the heavens opened up and perfectly placed it there at the bottom of the hill for all to enjoy.
The boys came out with their pads and began their morning stretch routines. Coach Tabor commented to them and me that day three is a hard one because the soreness has set in. I took pictures of their various stretches and drills and just enjoyed the quiet coolness of the morning. The sounds of coaches voices and whistles floating across the peaceful countryside was mesmerizing. After a while, I looked at my watch and realized it was time to hit the back road to Zephyr.
See you on the sidelines!
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