First Fall weekend of Football

First Fall weekend of Football

First Fall weekend of Football

I guess technically it’s Fall, but it feels nothing like Fall around here.

Ether way, it was still a good weekend of football in North Central Florida.

Call me crazy, but I REALLY enjoy driving an hour to a small-town high school and shooting a football game. Maybe even more so than shooting at large stadiums. There’s just something about the atmosphere of a small high school that makes taking photos there a ton of fun. Maybe its the great access to anywhere on the field, maybe its the cheap concessions or maybe its seeing how happy the fans/players/cheerleaders get when I say I’m with the newspaper to take photos.

On Friday I made the drive to Chiefland, Fla. to shoot the game between the hometown Indians and the visiting Newberry Panthers (who use a yellow Powercat as their logo BTW) It wasn’t much of a game as Chiefland took control early, but between the sky, moon and big plays it made for fun evening of photography. It also included a cheap dinner of a hot dog, Mt. Dew and homemade cookies… for three bucks!

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Saturday marked the opening of SEC play for Florida. The Tennessee game used to be one of the marque matchups in the SEC, but both teams have gone through a slump so it’s not what it used to be, but the Swamp was full and actually got lout on a couple of occasions… But not when the starting quarterback broke his leg. Jeff Driskel’s leg got rolled on as he was getting tackled. It was a pretty routine tackle but I guess it was just right to snap a bone.

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UTblog09 UTblog10 UTblog11 UTblog12So that’s seven straight wins for the Gators over the Vols and puts them at 1-0 in the SEC. Good reason for some celebration in the stands after the game. Oh, and Tennessee’s mascot, Smokey, is pretty awesome.

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