It is no secret that we love football at this house. After all, Brian was a division I player and the dream carries on for Chase.
But it is not so easy for a youth now to play college sports of any kind. It is not even easy to play high school! The competition is fast and furious.
But it has to start somewhere….and for Chase #3 it started a couple of weeks ago with some serious two a day practices and which led up to this scrimmage against state champions Portsmouth.
Football starts out with a ton of freshman and by senior year, you have weeded out those who have discovered it isn’t really for them.
We beat them on many levels. The boys felt good about it except for Chase. He came home discouraged and down.
He is one of 4 freshman wearing a varsity jersey. He was substituted in many plays as a running back and a defensive corner.
The corner is now hurt so he may see a lot of playing time tonight.
He was thrown out after a clip and a slow tackle. It is all surreal for him right now, everyone is larger, tougher, meaner and stricter.
This is Chase running the ball in the JV scrimmage.
He is slowly trying to find his place among giants on the field. We keep telling him it will take four years to find that place and perform, not two weeks. We have a new first year head coach who is also trying to find his place. I think they will be a good match if Chase can learn his place and style.
We think and a couple of others agree, his natural position is probably tight end…once he develops a little more.
This is Chase getting lectured after a play. His junior high coach was there and pulled him to the side after the football BBQ and tried to give him a pep talk. Telling him “Coaches don’t counsel kids they don’t believe in.”
As a parent, the whole process of sports and competition is painful….you are sitting on the sidelines saying something in your mind like….”don’t yell at my kid, he is trying…darn it….and he is only a freshman”….there is that minute where you want to storm out there and stop the commotion…and you don’t…because you want them to face adversity and trials and grow and develop….argghhhhh….and if they don’t make the changes they need to play varsity then you know they are going to get their cans kicked in a real game…..
And so it all begins, his journey of Friday Night Lights…starts to night with a jamboree….