I thought a scrimmage was supposed to be a practice game...
This past Friday was a preview of Friday Night Lights for the Hilliard Darby football teams. All teams, Freshman, JV and Varsity scrimmaged Marysville in the Darby stadium. The score board counted TD's, admission was charged at the gate(!), concessions were open, the boys had their game faces on, and the fans of both teams filled the stadium to cheer on the players.
I was a bit surprised by the enthusiasm of the opponets. Both teams treated this "practice" game as a real one, and came out battling. Being down on the field, I could hear the cheers when points were scored, and jeers when the officials missed a call. I could also hear the chants and cheers of the Darby fans, wanting a 'w" from this game, even if it was just "practice". They did come out on top, with a score of 29-7.
And, if you take a look at the shots from that night, you can tell that they were all business. There is an intensity and hunger in the eyes of these Darby boys.
I think it is going to be quite a season to watch....GO PANTHERS!