Saturday, September 26, 2009

Dallas Skyline 42, Lake Highlands 27

From 2009 Football

By the time you finish reading this article, a question is likely to occur to you. So let's get it out of the way up front. What are Ellen and I doing still attending high school football games years after Scott and John graduated from high school? Well, you might as well ask why 105,000 people attended the Dallas Cowboys' game, when no more than a few ever knew anyone who worked in the NFL. High school football is great entertainment, with the game, the bands and color guards, the drill team and cheerleaders, all for just $6 per ticket. Compare with the $160 average ticket price of a Cowboys' game and the choice is clear. Friday night lights for me.

The next question that might occur to you is why are Ellen and I going to a game that doesn't involve the Berkner Rams? Well, the Rams played Thursday night away. This Friday night, the game to see involved Lake Highlands and Dallas Skyline.

It was the first game of District 9-5A competition and it matched the teams to beat: last year's district champion, Lake Highlands, against this year's favorite, Dallas Skyline, ranked 2nd in the DFW area, 4th in the state of Texas and 16th nationally. Skyline was too much for Lake Highlands, playing turnover-free football and making the big plays when they needed them on both offense and defense. The box score will show these two teams were pretty evenly matched, and with a few breaks Lake Highlands just maybe could even have beaten Skyline, but the final score of 42-27 tonight was no fluke. Skyline is as good as their ranking. If they have a weakness, it could be in those 11 penalties for 113 yards, including unsportsmanlike conduct that resulted in one ejection. Stay classy, everyone.

Check out our photo albums for a look at all the action, and not just in the game. After all, without the band, it's just a game!

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