Football season is officially underway. Friday night high school football is in its second week and college football started last Saturday. The stadiums were filled with parents, friends, and classmates this week. Some high school teams have gotten off to a rough start while others have done well, but every team plays hard.
Football season is one of my favorite things about fall. The smell of grilled hot dogs and hamburgers from the convention center, meeting old friends and meeting new ones at festivals, and listening to bands play is so much fun. Football games make you have a good time to spend with family, friends and classmates.
I have three brothers, Jimmy, Charlie and Bobby who played football. My older brother, Jimmy, was called ‘Moose.’ He is still called `Moose’ by many of his high school friends. Charlie, although he was quiet, held the line and was quick. My youngest brother, Bobby, was tall, strong, and strong. They all loved high school football and have lots of stories to tell.
My sisters, Mary Ellen, Carolyn and Teresa, and I were in the band or cheerleaders. I started playing clarinet in the band and moved up to the flag team. My sophomore year, I went on to become captain of the rifle team. We had a great band with Gary Taylor, our band director, leading us to many first place trophies in band competitions. Mary Ellen was a cheerleader at first but decided to become a majorette later in her high school career. She was head-majorette her junior and senior year. My two younger sisters were miners and loved it.
My father and mother went to high school ball games for 20+ years. Getting us to train and keeping us all on track with our combined schedules couldn’t be easier, especially with seven kids. My little sister Teresa was born the day after my older brothers first soccer game, and now her birthday kicks off soccer season every year.
Football is a family tradition. My daughter, Emily, was the pastor of Shoals Christian Church in Florence, AL. It was an exciting time for him and for me as a parent. Although it was a small private school, Shoals Christian had a good team. As for many other football teams, the relationship between the players was amazing because many of them have been playing together since grade school. It was and still is a fun way to end the work week by going and supporting your favorite team.
Marshall Academy picked up a big win on Friday night, in their first home game, with a score of 48-6 over Rossville Christian Academy. I was on hand with my camera at the Holly Springs and Ripley ballgame Friday night. Ripley took the win 56-6. Byhalia lost to Lewisburg 43-12; Ashland beat Mantachie 45-0; and Potts Camp lost to Kipp Collegiate 40-6. H.W. Byers was not Friday.
College football started on Saturday. Family and friends gathered at home or filled the stadium to watch their favorite team this week. The South started the season winning the first games. Ole Miss defeated Troy 28-10 with 64,038 fans in the stadium according to espn.com. Mississippi State beat Memphis 49-23; Alabama rolled over Utah State 55-0 and Auburn beat Mercer 42-16.
Football season is a tradition for many families and friends. It’s a great time to get together and bring back great teams to the south whether it’s high school or college. You can’t live in the south and not like football. It’s a tradition. It’s a time for family and friends to come together to support their favorite team while enjoying good food and company.