I parked by the practice field in Eden by the old rock wall. The band was practicing in the open field behind me. I didn’t see any signs of football yet, so I watched the band and snapped some photos. I then visited with a lady enjoying the shade in a golf cart. I asked her several band questions, and she was a great source of information. She had a family connection!
I saw the equipment crew bringing stuff onto the main field and wandered over and asked them if that was where practice would be today. They were very nice and informative. I asked them all to look at me and smile for a nice photo. Didn’t get all smiles but did get the photo. I was quite impressed with some of their ball handling skills. One of them in particular could spin a football on his fingertips really well and you could tell it had become so much of a habit he just did it without even thinking about it. I caught a funny photo of one of them working extra hard to push the grocery cart full of Gatorade coolers into the end zone. The thick grass and terrain made it almost impossible. Luckily a couple of the other crew members came to his rescue. I guess I was useless just standing there taking pictures of his misery.
Pretty soon the team came jogging out from the Dog House. All the coaches greeted me happily. Then they quickly got the boys going on stretches and drills. I enjoyed the catching and throwing drills as the boys were moving quickly down the lines. There was a good breeze just like there was in Panther Creek a couple of hours earlier. Plus, it was turning to evening and the home stands were starting to cast a shade on the field. The weather was very nice as far as Texas summers go.
Eden had over 20 boys on the field and they are returning a good crew from last year. They will definitely be strong in their district and have a good shot at making the playoffs again this year. New Eden Coaches Avants and Gamboa were a good team at Robert Lee and will be an asset to Eden this year. It will be fun to watch the Bulldogs this season.
See you on the sidelines!
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