Clinton, South Carolina, Saturday, August 29, 2015, 10:55 a.m.
When I got up this morning, I thought, well, it wasn’t that bad.
But it was.
Clinton High School’s football team, seemingly invigorated by a season-opening, 30-29, overtime upset of a ranked team, Columbia’s A.C. Flora, wandered into an ambush that would’ve impressed John Wayne.
Greer, an ancestral rival, actually managed to pin down the Red Devils on their home field. As tempting as it is to cite statistical columns that suggested a closer game, it wasn’t. Games turn on big plays, not statistics, and the Yellow Jackets made them.
End of chapter. The book continues against Newberry next week.
Just as Andrew Webb’s first team desperately needed to experience the thrill of victory, a reminder of defeat’s agony serves its own purpose. If the Red Devils entered their second game a bit sassy, they quickly learned the error of their ways, but there was no dishonor. No one would have been surprised by Friday night’s 40-8 setback had it not been for the heady after-effects of the opener.
This Red Devil team is neither as good as its gallant opener nor as bad as its ignominious encore. The lads are fairly situated somewhere in between.
One up. One down. Take some medicine. Wipe some wounds. In next week resides opportunity to build anew.
Most of The Intangibles, my second novel, grew out of a boyhood watching and playing football in a time even harsher than this one. If you’d like to take a look, do so here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Intangibles-Monte-Dutton-ebook/dp/B00ISJ18Z6/ref=pd_sim_sbs_351_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0T8VASRW4CVYP6QR7JKW
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