Aug 8, 2011

THSCA Football All-Star game

An opportunity to freelance for the Bastrop Advertiser at the annual Texas High School Coaches Association proved to be a good football season warmup. Or, rather, proved that I was out of shape for the football season, both physically and photographically.

It is nice to have only one real 'assignment' and some time to play around when that guy isn't doing anything interesting. In this case, the target was Josiah Monroe, a standout player from Bastrop who graduated this year.

I've never met him, but he seems like quite a character.. joking around with his temporary teammates on the sidelines as introductions were made...
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I had the 14mm so I tried to get a pic of him being introduced from both sides at once. Unfortunately also got myself the shot if you know where to look. Goober.
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For most of the first half, I was frustrated by missed shots, other players in the way or just being in the wrong spot. Persistence does pay off though, and late in the game Monroe had a great run up the near sideline and almost ended in my lap.

With the THSCA signage as background..
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Same run, as he got closer..
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After the run, he flipped the ball back to the ref... Never stop when the play is over.
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And it is good to get non-action action as well ... like getting a play from the coach
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Here are some of my other favorites from the game...
As I said, the end of the game got better for me shooting-wise. It helps if you get nice plays right in front of you.

Touchdowns are always nice
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Sideways guys are usually good too.
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This was a catch. Barely, but a catch indeed.
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Playing with the big screen before the game...
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Sequence - QB Throws..
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Sequence 2
Receiving the Kick.. Eyes on the ball.
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Do I hear footsteps? Better get a move on.
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I hate when that happens..
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Finally, getting a shot of a play happening along with the penalty that takes it back is a fun treat that you can't plan for. Just a gift. This would have been a big gain for the South team... opened up by that nice block in the back.
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Volleyball starts this week.. football scrimmages next Friday... the fun and madness begins for another year.

Don J.

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