Our football players stream out of the mouth of a huge, inflatable bulldog (our school mascot).
When I think back to my high school’s Homecoming football games, I must admit I kind of draw a blank. Oh, I remember the pregame parade down Waukegan’s main street, and I seem to recall the downtown businesses’ windows being decorated. But as for the games? I got nothing. Could be because we had a bad football team!
Homecoming for my sons’ high school was last Saturday. Because we don’t live in a small town with only one high school, there aren’t any pregame parades. But we do have our share of traditions, which, like a diamond, has many facets.
Homecoming queen and king: Audrey and Alex
Our pregame activity featured the crowning of the Homecoming queen and king who would reign at that evening’s dance. They were Audrey, who is currently ranked #3 in my #1 son’s class and the band’s drum major, and Alex, who is an orchestra kid. Both seem like great role models.
Some of the seniors stand together.
The seniors had to be contemplating this penultimate football contest. There would only be two chances left to win a game this season.
Instruments up at kickoff!
The band was ready to cheer on the football team musically.
The Angels' pom poms are waving.
Our dance team, the Angels, had their pom poms in the air.
Flipping for our team!
The cheerleaders were head over heels about leading cheers.
Michael, Reid, Cody, and Hunter
The freshman fans (who did not include the #2 son, who was disc golfing) were all smiles. Well, except for tough guy Hunter. Could that be because he knew I was cutting off part of his head?
Kevin makes a flying tackle.
And then there was the action on the field. Even though we were playing an opponent that already had qualified for our district and the state playoffs, our team kept the game close.
Victor hauls in a pass for a big gain.
At one point we even were ahead, thanks to great catches like this one by Victor.
Taylor W. gets the pass off before getting clobbered.
Our sophomore quarterback, Taylor W., had the offense on the move.
Coach L high-fives Zak after a fumble recovery.
The defense also was playing mighty tough.
Both bands combine for an electric halftime show.
Some of the highlights photographically for me included, first, the halftime show when I was able to capture my “third son,” Chase, playing his bass clarinet. Our band joined with our opponents’ to put on an electric performance that featured a tribute to Michael Jackson.
Taylor J. puts the hurt on the opposing ballcarrier.
Second, I had set my goal to take lots of photos of a couple seniors whose moms are my friends. Taylor J. had an outstanding game! I was able to capture a series of shots of him tackling a ballcarrier.
Eric is ready to block.
I especially wanted to get some great shots of Eric, because he helped the #1 son get a 97 on his catapult in Physics. Photographic payback time!
Victor tries to outjump the defender for a potential winning touchdown pass.
Like that diamond, our high school Homecoming football game had a mixture of glimmering and flawed features. There were thrills and chills galore. But late in the game with our team behind 17-13 and less than a minute left, we discovered the final facet of that gem.
The ball tumbles away out of bounds.
There has to be one winner and one loser. But even though our team had the smaller number on the scoreboard, we still walked away with our heads held high. Our last chance to win a game? Saturday night! Go, Dawgs!