The Sweetest Victory

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The Sweetest Victory

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This past week was a stressful one. I had one of the biggest games of my life on Friday. This game was broadcast on the IHSAA brodcast and it was even on TV. It was one of the top games to watch in the state. There are a lot of people around the state waiting to see this game, which made the nerves worse. The whole week my anticipation was building up to this one game.

On Monday we were still on a high after our win against West Lafayette so the nerves weren’t terrible, but we were focused and ready to play because Pioneer was talking crap ever since the first time we played. This time we were determined to show them who was the best. The whole week and even the week before we prepared for Pioneer. We put in new plays and even switched up our defense a little. We wanted to be sure we were ready for Pioneer. On Tuesday we were excited to and focused because it was a hitting practice. We were out on the practice field setting up our pass protection for the line, the backs were working on their routes and on defense we were working on our reads and the fastest way to get to the ball.

On Wednesday the nerves started to set in a little bit. This was one of the biggest games in the state. We found out that two camera crews were going to be filming us and we were going to be on TV which was scary. We had a lot of pressure on us but we just kept preparing. On Thursday the nerves were getting worse and my anticipation was building up, but I had to stay focused in order to win the game. The whole week the only talk was about the game. We heard so much from Beau Wicker saying how much better Pioneer is than us, but we kept our mouths shut so we could show everyone who is the better team on Friday. As coach always told us,  we talk with our pads not our mouths.

On Friday, with our day off, I woke up at 7 to go to FCA with the football team. I was trying to keep my mind off of the game so I wouldn’t get nervous, but it was hard because everyone was talking about it. It was the biggest game of the year and even of the century, but I was trying not to think about that. I had to go and get my truck fixed that day too so that helped take my mind off the game. As I was walking into the gate to get ready for the game, I was thinking about what I need to do in order to win the game. I was getting more and more nervous. Then game time came. 

I was on the field for defense ready to fight to stop them from getting a yard. The game plan for me was to do whatever the guard does because he will take me to the ball, and that is just what I did. Every play I gave it my all and we kept them from scoring, but one time on a breakout play. I hit them as hard as I could every play. Whenever I saw them fumbling the ball, I went straight for it and I sacked the quarterback, and gave him pressure almost every play. It was a great game and we played very well. It was the best and most sweetest win we could have gotten.

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