Manchester/Essex Hornets 22
Georgetown Royals 14
During my 20 year coaching career all at Manchester/Essex Regonal High School, the last game of the season was always special. Small town football rivals for 50 years, games have been played in rain,snow and on solid ice. But this year although with solid overcast skies, the temps were in the 50's. Team records are thrown out when these two teams play and most years it's a real battle. This year was no different with 8-2 Manchester/Essex Hornets facing off against 1-8 Georgetown Royals. The game this year was played at Georgetown and their field is no different now than when I first started coaching. The first worry is for the safety of the players heading down the slippery wooden stairs and onto a cow pasture of a football field! A thick chunky un-rolled surface that feels like running on a Tempur-Pedic mattress when the temps are warm! When it's frozen it's more like a pot-holed strewn highway!
I'm starting to feel old.... I coached all but two of the present Hornet coaching staff!
Down the stairs!
Last game for this official after 45 years! (I wish I caught his name)
Great pass blocking!
In the clear!
Lowering the shoulder!
Beating the pass rush!
Over the shoulder!
In the grasp!
Unbalanced right motion left!
No one near!
In the trenches!
He's got him!
Head Coach Mike Athanas sends in the play!
The season is over!
It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!