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High School Football Idn’t Bad! September 16, 2007 8:22 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Education, Health, Of Interest
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As a teen, I went to two high schools. Only going to one wasn’t challenging enough. Okay, maybe that’s not it. I went to 9th and 10th grade at Lenape High School in Medford, New Jersey. I went to 11th and 12th grade at Germantown High School in Germantown, Tennessee. In the 9th grade I was on the track team doing pole vault, high jump, hurdles, and the 400 meter relay. That was fun! I gave it up because I learned that if you work for someone they give you money. I started washing buses for $3 per hour under the table. That was the end of my high school extracurricular activity. What a mistake! Between working and being absorbed with computers, I never went to a high school football game.

Since my daughter Sarah is now on the flag team at her high school, we are going to the games as good band parents should, to support the school. I have to say I have enjoyed the games very much (despite what Cathy’s pictures would have you believe)! I like bumping into friends, and the teams play really well! I’ll be going to many more.

Farragut vs Bearden was a loud game! We showed up earlier than last time and thought we’d missed kickoff. From the parking lot the stadium could be seen as packed and it roared with activity. I won’t review the game because there are more qualified people to do that. I’ll just say it was not boring. The Bearden band did not know their routine so the half-time show had no marching and no flags. That was a bit of a let down. I was tickled to see Brian Hornback on the field during Scott Moore’s presentation of a $500 contribution to each school! Cathy knew he’d be there because Brian doesn’t miss Farragut football games but we really didn’t expect to see him much less on the field! During half-time a woman in the Farragut bleachers passed out and several paramedics and police carried her out. I fear it was heart attack. I’d certainly like to know that she’s okay. They almost drove an ambulance into the stadium to get her. The game went into overtime and the teams played ferociously but Bearden ended up losing to Farragut 35 to 28. Despite their great playing, the high schoolers were distraught, some to the point of tears. Frankly, Bearden won the can drive and played an exceptional game. I know its easy to say but they should be proud! Get ’em next time!

Here’s the schools I attended:

  1. Pre-school, St John’s Episcopal Church, Wilmington, NC
  2. Kindergarten+2weeks 1st grade: Forest Hills Elementary School, Wilmington, NC
  3. 1st-3rd: Cary Elementary School, Cary, North Carolina
  4. 4th and 5th: Not Audubon? (have to look that one up)
  5. 6th and 7th: Theodore Roosevelt Middle School, Kenner, Louisiana
  6. 8th: Medford Middle School, Medford, New Jersey
  7. 9th and 10th: Lenape High School, New Jersey
  8. 11th and 12th: Germantown High School, Germantown, TN
  9. 1988-1993: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

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1. BH - September 17, 2007

It was great seeing you. I certainly was out of place (on the field 50 yard line no doubt) in a suit, sigh. But it was fun. It is good to see that Scott’s opponents have so much class to boo him while he is giving money to both schools. Such is life in politics.

2. Doug McCaughan - September 17, 2007

I found the booing very troubling. Before the game, the announcer reminded the students (and adults!) about sportsmanship.

It doesn’t matter which way your personal politics swing; to boo a man who is donating money to two schools is pathetic. You know it wasn’t the students booing Scott Moore which means the parents were being a lousy example to their children and the other students.

3. BH - September 18, 2007

Agree.


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