My wife, Barbara, and I attended the state championship football game this past week between Deerfield-Windsor School and Tattnall Square Academy and what a great game we saw! It was colder than heck, at least for Albany, and we were dressed like we were ready to go out deer hunting. We were comfortable because my wife and I are both from Chicago area and used to attending football games outside much colder than what it was that night. Yes, I had on insulated underwear, both tops and bottoms, and had ponchos over the top to take care of any rain that we might experience and we did get a little bit but not much that night.
Any football fan that missed this game really missed something. The stadium was packed on both sides and up and down the fences that surrounded the field. And I even noticed that the scoreboard had been repaired and was working. We have lived here in Albany since 1993 and to my knowledge, this week was the first time in all that time that it worked! I don’t know what the problem has been all those years but finally someone figured out what was wrong and got everything back in working condition. Thanks a great deal to all those involved in getting this project handled.
As we drove into the stadium at about 7:10 p.m., we were surprised to see the number of cars already in the parking areas because it was a very cold night for Albany and I just figured that would cause the attendance to drop off considerably. In fact, just the opposite happened and I think every possible seat and space was occupied. There were so many of us sitting close to each other that I believe it helped keep us all warm.
We scored a couple touchdowns in the first quarter and to me it looked like the Deerfield Knights were going to have an easy time of it. I had figured that last Friday, the game against Mount de Sales Academy, was our toughest game of the year and that it was really the championship game. However, Tattnall Square proved to be a worthy and very tough opponent and by no means was a pushover. They were very tough and until the end of the game, I wasn’t sure who the winner was going to be this year. It was the first time that Deerfield and Tattnall had ever met in a state championship.
The Deerfield team had a great deal to be proud of and I would find it very difficult to pick out a most valuable player for this game or for any of the games they played that got them to their 13-0 record and their state championship.
Written by Ted Anderson. Insurance agent Ted W. Anderson worked in sales for half a century, has lived in Albany since 1993. He is president of Dover Lane Neighborhood Watch. Send email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.