Open Season of 2018!
No not dove or deer season—FOOTBALL SEASON!
The week that saw high school and colleges open up their 2018 football campaigns, with certain match ups that make you scratch your head, and others were set up between ranked college teams and had meaning in the polls!
For the high schools, exciting games to kick it off with, a double overtime victory for a school out of the Richardson schools, J.J. Pearce out lasted the Knights of Frisco’s Independence high school 38-37, with a dramatic end of the 2ndover time!
Independence was able to get a touchdown to come within one of the Mustangs, but tried for a two point conversion, which they were able to get, but there was laundry on the field, and they had to back it up and they went for another tie, but the kick sailed left and the Mustangs ran off the field as if they won a playoff spot! However, who could blame them!
Other match ups, had Fort Worth Dunbar taking on Dallas Kimball in their first game of the season and lost by 2 points to the Knights! Just exciting football overall in the metroplex. The South Oak Cliff Golden Bears were able to outlast, what once was a powerhouse out of Dallas ISD the Skyline Raiders, but after their 23 year streak of going into the post season last year, the Raiders are having a tough time regrouping, since their head coach Reggie Samples left and went to Duncanville High School.
The sting of a loss, no matter what level of play you have, be it the Pop Warner games, or High School, or even College- Pro, it never feels good or settles in your soul right.
The College games though that’s a different story, with match ups like number 23 Texas going up against unranked Maryland, at Fed-Ex field in Landover, Maryland.
The Longhorns last year in Austin hosted Maryland and lost 41-31, this year they go into the stadium after hearing all the hype of how, the Terrapins were disarray, with their coach suspended, and the lost of a freshman lineman Jordan McNair who died from heat stroke during workouts and practice in the summer.
Emotions work in the favor of that team, to “Win one for the Gipper” mentality, and for the most part, that’s what the Terps did. They came out of the tunnel waving a #79 flag—holding his jersey as they go to the coin toss, then leave a hole on the left side of the offensive line to take a Delay of Play penalty—in which the Longhorns Declined, and showed a great gesture of sportsmanship.
Then storms blew in to stop the game for about two and half hours, and that takes a bit of the rhythm and makes it skip a beat or so.
The storms also interrupted other games on the opening weekend of College Football, like The Ohio State game against Oregon State, that game was stalled at half time while thunder storms rolled through, but that didn’t stop the Buckeyes from beating the Beavers handedly.
Then in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Cornhuskers were set to take on Akron, only to have the storms last more than a few hours, and so ESPN thought about postponing the game until Sunday, but that didn’t last very long as both teams decided to just cancel the game altogether and just pack it up and go home.
Auburn ranked number 9 in the nation was able to beat the # 6 Washington Huskies, and like it was pointed out earlier, ranked teams with something on the line to play well, will move up in the rankings while others will slip. With other teams that are ranked taking on lesser competitors, such as Southern taking on TCU, and lets face it, it was a money game for Southern.
On Sunday night, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the LSU Tigers were taking on the Hurricanes of Miami, in the Advocare Classic, and in doing so, the #25 Tigers upset the # 8 Miami Hurricane 33-17, making the top 25, after the 1stweek of competition all jumbled up.
Not too mention the Monday night affair with the Seminoles of Florida State hosting Virginia Tech, and losing! So again, a top ranked team losing to lower ranked team, and the scramble continues.
What can we expect in the coming weeks? Who knows, the one thing about competition is that nothing is predictable…. Lets face it, the only thing you know to be certain, is “you tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, you pull the mask of the ol Lone Ranger and you don’t mess around with Slim”….. (sorry to the late Jim Croce’)
Week two of College and High School Football and the first week of The NFL gets underway, and once again we will watch the games, and yell for our teams, and even yell at our TV’s because of something that didn’t go the way we expected, but all in all, we do remember its just a game!
Its just a thought.
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