Battle High School was the football team to win state 5A high school football their first year of being established. Somehow our team Lebanon High School ended up under the lights with them the following year. Through the years of football, I gained some super good friends that I played football with. I would have never guessed that I would have gained so many good friends/brothers through a sport like football. Lebanon Missouri is a football town, they strive off of football.
All summer we worked on my technique and accuracy. The first week of my sophomore football season the coaches took immediate notice to my improvement, I was then offered the opportunity to try out for the varsity by the head coach. I was very excited but also nervous at the same time, this was like a dream come true. My high school has a very rich tradition for football, and for a sophomore to play at the varsity level is rare. So the following week I worked out with the varsity and made the team.
I worked as hard as possible to get myself in shape for a better shot at getting the job. I was lifting and running ever morning so I could keep up with the guys at our football camp that year in SDSU. I knew camp in SDSU would be my time to show the coaches that I was ready to start. When the time came for SDSU camp I was extremely excited. I was not quite the starting spot yet because they were splitting my playing time evenly with Ryan McCabe.
I continued to play the season despite the pain because you only have one chance at high school football and I wasn’t going to miss one play. We ended the season with another 5-5 record. Now this phase of my football career had ended and it was time to move on. I earned All-District honors for 3 straight years in high school, and All-Region once. Football was very rewarding for me not only through awards and accolades, but through the experiences and lesson that I learned.
But one day that all changed for me, I was in middle school and my best friend told me he was trying out for a flag football to and he encouraged me to join him I told him I was kind of nervous cause I didn’t really no much about the sport but hey if he was going I might as well just go to hang out with my friend. So I played that year and really picked up the sport learning the different positions the rules and actually I started to enjoy it. That season I did really good I had a number of touch downs at the receiver position and even had a varsity coach ask tell me when I go to high school he wanted me to play for his team. I actually to him up on the offer and started my freshman year playing football for him. It was fun but .
He was an all-state running back four years in a row in high school and voted as one of the top high school recruits in the entire country. During his senior year he received many offers to play football, some of these schools included Alabama, Texas, and the University of Southern California. On Signing day, Billy sat in his chair with the three schools sitting in front of him. All of his family waited, as he was about to make the biggest decision of his life. As he tried to decide, the only thing in his head was the quote his father used to always say to him, “Do wh... ... middle of paper ... ...istant coach for the Dolphins so that even though he wasn’t able to play he could still be apart of the game he loved.
While we walked, some of my freshman teammates were talking about what position they were going to play and how they thought the season was going to go. All I could think of was working my way onto the JV team and possibly getting to play with the older guys. I wanted to get better, play harder competition, and become as good as I possibly could be. The practice finally began, and I can remember working as hard as I could at every drill. Each pass through the figure eight that had been set up was ran as hard as I possibly could.
Also in peewee you have team meetings to discuss defensive and offensive strategy and sometime just to bond with your teammates. Usually this takes place once a week. Continuing involvement in football happens at the high school level because it is the most easily accessible program to teens. A teen will usually continue playing football in high school if they enjoyed playing or they really excelled at it in the peewee level. The good thing about playin... ... middle of paper ... ...h school I wasn’t a great player.
I started playing football in middle school and I was honestly one of the best decisions I have made. The one memory that sticks out from middle school football would have to be my 7th grade year my first year playing, I joined in half way through the season with that thriving passion of wanting to get all the girls attention and be like those high school football players. But it did not really happen like that I would wear my jersey to school for home games and it looked like I was getting ready to go to prom, And I was not the guy. I really only got to play one play my 7th grade year there were a few reasons to that I was 4”11 and very skinny and sadly even though I thought my brain was massive they could not find a helmet that would fit
This is when Football started to become a necessity in our lives. One day Coach Williams took Anthony and me to practice and let us tackle the football players. We thought we were something else. Every Friday night Anthony and I were at the football games on the sidelines getting water and tees for the football team. All of our friends were playing football at the end of the end-zone.