It's a whole new world. Last Friday night was the first of our adventure into Friday Night Lights, the high school version of football. Mr C took his first ever steps onto the field to play Wide Receiver in the Black vs Red Scrimmage. I think #8 looks pretty snazzy in his uniform. I mean tough, rough, and ready for the gridiron of course.
At the Football Parent Meeting and Team Introduction, I started to feel a little more comfortable with the whole football experience. The Head Coach shared his vision for the team, philosophy on how football should be played, and told us his goals. He also explained that, while the Knight have not exactly had a winning season in a while (3-15 the last two years), he loves the spirit of the team. He loves that the boys are spending so much time in the weight room. That's where the winning begins.
We didn't send Mr C to this school to make him into a football star; but to turn out a well rounded young man. The coach praised the freshman boys on their strong start. He said they show great promise to build this team going forward. Watching each player introduce themselves and give their positions and church affiliation, I got a little lump in my throat. It's going to be exciting to watch Mr C progress into a football player.
My husband commented that he never dreamt that we'd be spending our Friday night (OK really Thursday afternoons-since he's on the freshman and JV reserve teams) watching our son take the football field in a high school uniform. I didn't either, but I think if I can pray enough, trust enough, and believe in my son and his coach enough, I might just enjoy it.
In all honesty, I wasn't too disappointed that the scrimmage got called early due to lightning. Of course, according to Mr. C, it not only meant he didn't have to play on the defensive side of the ball, but it also meant that the freshman beat the sophomores 7 to 0. Go Knights!