Friday Night Lights

12.24.2010

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While most of America may recognize "Friday Night Lights" as an NBC television drama, at Memorial High School we experienced the real Friday night lights. Texas football is truly one of a kind.

I'm getting chills just thinking back on how sensational our football season was this year. And the funny thing is is that we weren't sure we had a secure spot in playoffs during our last regular season game against Strake. I think our saving grace was our tough district. Just this year, we got moved up to 5A with powerhouse schools like Katy and Cinco Ranch. Our average record at the end of our regular season made people doubt our potential in playoffs. But boy did we prove them wrong. Week after week, our defense improved and Wayne (the QB) and Boomer (the RB) just couldn't be stopped.

The most exciting victory was against Cy Woods at our very own Tully Stadium. Each team scored almost every time they had the ball. Some said it was more like a track meet than a football game with all the running on the field. The winner wasn't clear until the very end of the 4th quarter when our safety Brett Strake caught an interception. The whole student section started chanting "SAN-AN-TON-I-O, SAN ANTONIO!" because that was the destination for the State Semi-Finals. After we counted down the clock, the cheer squad had a huge dog pile, there were tears of joy among the football players, and well...just see for yourselves..


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It's weird seeing Wayne become a mini-celebrity after knowing him for so many years. On the next Monday in Econ, I told him to not forget me when he's in the MLB, NFL, or probably both. He'll kill me if he ever sees this but he's Vice President of our student body, the best QB Memorial has seen in years, a valedictorian, and a good kid with a huge heart. Not too shabby, Mr. Taylor.

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The school spirit was contagious. I've never seen the student section get so rallied up, and as a cheerleader, that was such a treat. People from all over Houston came to watch the underdog team as continued to upset teams week after week.

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Senior Kelly Kuni making an incredible interception right before the 2nd half.

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Aubrey giving QB Wayne a congratulatory hug after the big win.

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Marshall "reddy" for the big game against Cibolo Steele after the bus ride to San Antonio

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Shannon and Caroline going crazy for our soon to be victory in the 4th round of playoffs! We were pretty much loving our lives. We didn't even want to cheer at times just because the game was so action packed. We all agreed that being a part of this squad was one of the best things we've ever done in high school.

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Wayne making one of his many touchdowns for his whopping total of 335 rushing yards. Oh, did I mention he's going to Stanford on a sports scholarship? Oh yeah, and it's to play baseball.

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For our first "Jingle All the Way to State" pep rally, we had the three-year letterman do the Mean Girls Jingle Bell Rock dance. To say it was a hit would be an understatement. Thanks to my mom for the great costume designs!

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Our senior principal, Mrs. Cole, giving all her senior girls a high five after our final touchdown that had pretty much sealed a mustang victory.

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Captain Wayne congratulating his teammates on an amazing win in one of the most incredible high school football games most people have ever seen and then leading the boys, coaches, and cheerleaders in a closing prayer.

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Brent and Ethan cheering on the sidelines. The guy cheerleaders loved their front row seats to every game.


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Our running back Boomer White hugging Coach Johnson after his record about 200 rushing yards. And he's only a junior!

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After every game, we sing the Alma Mater. This time around was louder than ever, we jumped higher than ever, and our smiles were bigger than ever. We had just made MHS history. MHS had never been this far in playoffs since 1979 when we went to State.

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The man behind all this madness. It's no wonder he's been doing this for years. This will be the farthest in playoffs we have ever gone under Koch. He will certainly never forget the boys of 2010. (Although my brother Andy would probably argue that his team was just as memorable..)

That victory over Cy Woods brought us to San Antonio to play Cibolo Steele which you could just as easily refer to as Malcolm Brown's team. He is the number one running back in the nation, and after his performance, I don't doubt those statistics. We didn't come out as winners, and in fact, Steele went on to win the state championship. Regardless, we had an incredible season and I can't even fathom a better way to spend my first semester of senior year. I went to 16 football games (only one weekend off during the whole first semester!), but I wouldn't change a thing. I enjoyed every minute.

So, here's to you Memorial football boys of 2010. Thanks for giving us a senior year to remember and a legacy that we'll all be talking about for years to come. Now, Wayne and Boomer, how's that baseball team lookin'?

Merry Christmas Eve!

1 comments:

Sarah Caspary said...

OK...This on brings tears to my eyes!!! Such sweet memories! Thanks for making this Molly! I feel like I just relived it! XO