2014 Carson High Football vs. Clayton Valley @ The Honor Bowl, Loomis, CA

I mentioned to one of the parents of one of the fellas yesterday in the grocery store that I hoped, even though they took a pretty big loss on Saturday evening in Loomis, that they will remember that “event”, the experience, for a long time… I’m sure some will… I know I will.

My day started out with the CHS Varsity Volleyball team up at the Kings Canyon waterfall… and ended with arriving at home at 2:00 am with the Nevada Appeal delivery person dropping our copy of the paper with my photos from a game in Loomis, CA inside, what a surreal thing… :)  Crazy how that happens!

I’d first like to make a huge shout out to the Carson High Football Boosters for their efforts to make this trip as comfortable as I think it could possibly be.  They chartered four buses so we didn’t have to ride school buses!!  That’s the life fellas! And pizza for the fellas after the game on the bus!!  Be sure to thank the boosters when you see them!

Hind sight will always be much clearer and I hope at the end of the season we can look back at this game and see that it was pivotal in the success of the 2014 season, I know that’s a hard pill to swallow after licking wounds of a big loss but I think you have to keep games like this in perspective.  Clayton Valley has a great football program.  Playing someone like that exposes where you are as team on that night; it does not define you as a team the first game of the season.  As I’ve come to know how Coach Roman and his staff work, I know there will be valuable lessons taken from this game, I’m excited about this season!

This event is the first leg of The Honor Bowl put on by The Honor Group (http://thehonorgroup.org) (there’s a second weekend in So. Cal this week).  They are dedicated to helping America’s wounded warriors.  At one end of the field they had military vehicles on display and before each game they honored several military veterans who have been wounded in defending our country, very cool event to help our nation’s heroes!

photo 2

On to the game!

I’m still trying for that helmet popping off shot, I got an earlier one of this series but it’s still not quite “the shot”… The kid wrapped up in the middle of this Senator sandwich is Mr. Harrison, he put up some impressive stats Saturday evening… but he didn’t alway have free running space.140830_0045


This shot makes me remember back to the basketball game where Brady was wearing his Superman cape and throwing his punches at the crowd.  Can’t tell it’s really Brady so I added the follow on shot…140830_0054 Yes, he did make the sack!140830_0057


This was one of the things that I’ll take a way from the game… it seems very simple but I’ve not seen a team execute it quite as well as Clayton Valley.  For obvious reasons Colby was going to be a marked man but even when the Clayton Valley kids were down on the ground they were still working to try to grab feet or anything they could to try to trip up the runners, and it happened on multiple occasions and saved them some potential loss of yardage.140830_0073

Fumble! Carson recovery!  The ball did bounce the Senator way too!
140830_0081 Clayton Valley didn’t throw the ball very much, they have a fierce ground game and a big line to do it behind… here’s the one first half pass/reception, right on the money through good coverage….140830_0086

Just like this shot, bodies flying are always fun!140830_0123

Elijah had some good success running the ball… I’m guessing game footage of this game will put a damper of that for the balance of the season but I’d guess Coach Roman has more up his sleeve! :)140830_0096 140830_0153A shout out to Joe Nelson!  If you follow Carson High Baseball you know who Joe is… if not, well, now you’ve seen him on the football field!  He’s headed to Australia for an honor he picked up playing baseball over the winter break and if you ask me, he showed a lot of poise and composure against Clayton Valley.  Neither Carson quarterbacks Saturday night had seen many reps in varsity action so to have moved the ball as well as they did… I think we’re going to see some great stuff from them this year.140830_0151

Mr. Colby Brown headed to the end zone!  As you may remember Colby didn’t see a single snap from the field for the 2013 season due to an injury… he’s back!  He looks health, strong and back to his defense carving ways!  Welcome back Colby and congratulations on earning the Carson High MVP for the game!

Colby and Brady were recognized for their play in this game… Here they’re signing 20 footballs that will go to the sponsors of this event.140830_0211


2014 Nevada State Little League Tournament, Day 6 (Day 22 overall)

Wow! What a night!  First and foremost, congratulations to all the teams that competed in both the District and State Tournaments.  To be an All Star is a great accomplishment!

And… I want to say a HUGE Congratulations to Mountain Ridge Little League for winning not one, not two but THREE State Championships tonight!  The took the 10 year old division playing a must win double header tonight against a very tough Silverado team.  Congrats fellas, coaches and parents!  Amazing accomplishment for your league!

And also a huge congratulations to the Centennial Junior All Stars for their must win double header tonight against Henderson.  There was some great baseball played tonight… and now it’s all over at Governor’s Field for the season! :)

The photo of the day… see below….NVState10s

NVState11sNVState12sNVStateJrsI couldn’t resist… except for the traffic patterns in the grass, it’s as if we haven’t had our tent up for the past 24 days and been shooting for 22 of those… we had the 4th of July off and one rain out on Sunday during the State Tournament… I keep telling myself I’m going to take all these thoughts and experiences about how we run our little league tournament “business” and write them down… this might be the year.  I got to witness some amazing things these past three weeks… and of course there are some things I’d wished I’d not witnessed… but you get this many people together it can’t all be great! :)  I’ll see you all somewhere soon!  Football season is right around the corner!  Volleyball and Soccer too!IMG_2384

2014 Nevada State Little League Tournament, Day 5 (Day 21 overall)

Semifinal day today… the looser’s bracket games to determine who will play tomorrow for the Championship!  Tomorrow at 5:30 at Governor’s Field… “if” games to follow at 8:00…

10 year olds: Mountain Ridge will play Silverado West (Field 3)

11 year olds: Mountain Ridge will play Washoe (Field 4)

12 year olds: Mountain Ridge will play Paseo Verde (Field 2)

Juniors: Henderson will play Centennial (Field 1)

Come on out and watch come great baseball!!

Photo of the Day… I often wonder what they talk about out there… :)  Suppose he’s telling him a joke?140722_14905

2014 Nevada State Little League Tournament, Day 4 (Day 20 overall)

Sunday brought us a rain delay… the heavens didn’t want any baseball at Governor’s Field and it postponed everything one day… so play resumed tonight and boy were there some games!!

It’s so great to see the kids really going for it!  The two photos of the day, I just couldn’t leave one out… show the effort to make a play! Play resumes tomorrow at 7:30 PM with just one round of games then Wednesday has a bit of a schedule change due to the rainout yesterday… Wednesday’s Championships will be at 5:30 with an “if” game at 8:00 that night… need to wrap up the tournaments because some winners have to be on the road ASAP for Regionals.

Here are the two photos of the day!  Great effort fellas!140721_14730 140721_14793