I arrived in Panther Creek about 4:30 in the afternoon. Of course, it was super hot but we were blessed by a jubilant breeze. With the breeze dancing at full speed, the heat was bearable. Coach Jackson and Coach Davis were busy working with the boys.
I spied a young man sitting in the bleachers against the press box enjoying it’s shade. I asked him what brought him out on this hot afternoon to watch practice. He told me he used to play and now his younger brother is so he had come to watch his brother’s practice. We visited about the fact that there were only six kids suited out. We talked about how Novice had managed to make a great go of it one season playing with just five. So good they got second in district that year. That season Novice had one kid with a major injury step on the field for the kickoff and then step back off. The rest of the game was played with five players. You just have to have six on the field for kickoff. The jest of memory lane was that the game can be played well with very few players.
At one point, Coach Davis hopped on the golf cart and zoomed around the track with the water wagon attached. He was headed back to get some supplies for some of the drills they were about to run. The scene of him zooming around the track made my heart happy so I clicked a quick photo. It’s a happy light-hearted moment in time. Sometimes it’s the little things that make us smile the most.
Still enjoying the breeze, I took several photos of the players. Didn’t take long to get one of all of them and lots of extras. Coach Jackson gave me an interview and you could tell he is a bit concerned about the number of kids he has playing. Coach Davis asked me to go down to the end of the field when the kids weren’t on it to get a good photo of how nice the grass is. It is indeed a well taken care of and loved field. Nice and green with no stickers. Last year when I came out the boys were running sprints barefoot on it. That tells you how nice it is.
After saying my goodbyes, I loaded up and headed to Eden for their practice.
See you on the sidelines!
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