Last Friday was the first week of the 2011 high school football playoff season for me and I was assigned to head out to the tiny town of Blackwell about 50 miles north of San Angelo to shoot a double header. The first game between Sterling City and Panther Creek was supposed to start at 5:30pm and everyone I talked to in the office that knew anything about the two teams said Sterling City was going to mercy rule Panther Creek.
If you've never seen a six-man football game you're in for a treat, but only if the teams are competitive. The game is fast paced and high scoring. The score at the end of the game could easily be in the 50s and 60s on both sides. But, if one team is more dominant than the other and is ahead by 45-points or more at the half or at any point during the second half, the game is over. It also makes for a fairly boring game.
However, because I had another game to shoot at 8:00pm, I was looking forward to having the extra time to edit and send photos back to the office if in fact Sterling City was able to mercy rule Panther Creek. The game started on time, but just three plays into the game, the game clock decided it didn't want to run. Play was halted for about five minutes while officials worked on it, but to avail. They were going to have to reset the entire scoreboard. Unfortunately, the only way to reset the scoreboard was turn off power to the entire stadium. Stadium lights are not like the lights you can just flip on and off in your home. They turn off immediately when you cut the power, but they don't just flip on right away when the power is restored. They need time to recharge in order to be bright enough to play under.
So, 30 minutes later the game was back on and I'm hoping and praying the game ends at the half so I've got time to edit and and transmit photos. Sterling City must have heard my prayers because they did what everybody said they would. They ended the game at the half with a score of 59-12. Thanks guys.