The excitement was palpable, the air charged with that electricity of a big thing about to happen.
The community at large and the devotion of a small town to her youth was impressive.
Nerve wracked parents... fathers who played a generation ago, with faces so full of emotion...
a student section, both pensive and wild in anticipation, cheerleaders with pom poms...
folks for whom this was a first ...
and folks who have seen a lot... who have been in this place before.
I recall a time, more than 30 years ago, when, in the aftermath of a state championship game, I got bear hugs and kisses from a football player, who became the man that I would later marry.
I know what these memories mean.
May they enjoy the victory
and carry with them
the amazing feeling of being champions as they go.