We have finished with the girls soccer schedule and the regular football season has come to a close, leaving us with 2 teams in the Championship play-offs.
So a week of practice in the freezing, cold, dark rain and we come to another Lovely and Warm Saturday filled with anticipation and promise... and parents with stomachs in knots worrying about how the kids will take it if they lose.
First game for us for the day was against a South County team about 45 minutes away. So into the van and away we go with every one dressed in team colors or uniforms as once game ONE is done we must away to Game TWO which is a home game ( thank goodness!).
To be on time for Game One we must report to the coach at 10:45am to check -in and be eligible to play. Done! Now to watch the game before ours while our team warms up and goes over some of the finer points of strategy for today's match-up. Did I mention this is a team of 90 pound boys ages 9 & 10? I know you would have thought it was high school with the serious-ness of it all...
Then we're off to a rousing start with a touchdown with the very first play of the game... but they come back with one of their own a few minutes later... and thus it goes until the score is 13-20 ...and then it's over...but not for our team . We will be going to the next play off round game!
Game One ends and we have to herd the 3 kids and all the gear into the van and away we go to the other end of the county ( to our home field) to be on time for check in and warm ups for Game Two.
Finally! Game Two starts and we come out like gang busters... but we do not win... in fact we lose by only 4 points in the last few minutes of the game... very heartbreaking for 12 year old boys who thought that THIS was the year to make it to championships...
The season IS NOT OVER for this down trodden team ( with a season record of 7 wins 2 losses)! Oh no... they are going to the State play-offs ... a loss is a loss but FOOTBALL IS NOT DONE FOR THEM ... They are now happy and walking to their cars with small frowns instead of large tears on their faces... and all is right with the world because they WILL have practice this coming week and they WILL get another chance to make it to the SuperBowl of rec football....
And I WILL get to stand in the cold and rain for at least 3 more weeks cheering myself hoarse and getting frost bitten fingers and numb toes!!!
Once again, All is Right with the World.
Ahhh Saturday football games in the rec leaque Post -season... and then comes NFL on sunday! Aren't weekends just perfect this time of year???
Did I mention we are Football Crazy at our house ??? :)