My #1 priority when shooting weekly flag football games is, of course, the #2 son. I enjoy capturing photos of his athleticism. He’s always been an exciting player on offense, and he used to be a top-notch defender who would get his share of interceptions during the season.
But then he started high school this fall and moved to the adult division of our neighborhood flag football league. Suddenly he became, in a word, short. At about 5 feet 5 inches (a growth spurt of seven inches in the last two years), my 14-year-old is too puny to defend against some of the behemoth adults in his division. So he’s mostly stuck rushing the quarterback and trying to harass him into throwing a bad pass that one of our taller guys can try to pick off.
There aren’t a lot of high school kids in the adult division this fall, but there is one team that features all high schoolers. #2’s team played them last Sunday. The following series of photos will show why it’s an advantage to be bigger and stronger than the average ninth- or tenth-grader.
The battle for the ball features our guy Sam, a very talented collegian, vs. Omar, who is in high school. Sam is taller and more muscular.
The pass was intended for Sam. Our quarterback, old man Matt, likes to throw the ball up high to our tall receivers, figuring that they can out jump their defenders. Or at least he hopes they can!
Omar had great defensive position on Sam, but he just wasn’t strong enough to come away with the ball.
Sam’s advantage besides height and weight? Had to be those gloves! Look cool, play cool.
Sam has won the battle! And his and #2’s team also won the game. It was fun to watch and photograph.
True confession time: I must admit that I didn’t completely concentrate on the #2 son’s team all the time.
Remember the last time I took photos of flag football and showed them here? Well, guess who was on the next field busy distracting me again?!?
Yep, there was my old friend, #1. He’s tall and strong, and he showed why it’s smart to throw him the ball in the end zone. He doesn’t have to leap very high to grab it, but he does anyway.
The man can juggle, too!
Leapin’ lizards! It definitely pays to be taller and stronger in flag football. As for having a gorgeous body, well, that just means you’ll be pictured in a certain blog a lot!