Seriously, Thank God it is Friday Night Football again and hopefully a start to a much better week.
I hadn't planned to take this long to update my blog, but the week just got worse and worse after last Friday night and hopefully we got the last bit of bad news at 10pm last night.
By now most all of you know about our football game last Friday, but for my family in Amarillo, I will retell it once again from what I witnessed... quite possibly the one thing that is every parents nightmare.
We were playing one of the best games ever. It was exciting and it was FUN to watch. We were pretty evenly matched and we were neck in neck with them. 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter, we were tied 14-14. Pretty dang good considering they beat us 63-28 last year.
With 5 minutes left on the clock, we were punted the ball and down at the 20 yardline, but there was a player that was down, so it delayed the game. I didn't see it happen until the next day when watching game film with Josh, but Rudder's #45 got up and took 3 steps and them fell like a board. From the stands it seemed he just got the wind knocked out of him, but when they rolled him over and his feet were dead weight, we knew it was more. Then the gurney came out and we knew it was bad.
I looked down to find Josh and he was walking over to their coach and then all the sudden things happened so fast. I see Josh kinda jump back and then all the sudden they were ripping #45 jersey off and doing chest compressions. Everyone in the stands were silent, but we heard a lady on the field (maybe his mom?) let out this horrific scream and I honestly thought we just witnessed the one thing no one ever wants to see. But as it turns out, thank you to the Lord above, they pulled out the AED's and revived him.
Praise the Lord.
I can not tell you what a nightmare that was. I never EVER want to witness something like that again. Scariest moment ever.
The only good thing that came of that was seeing the 2 teams pray together. That is always a breathtaking sight.
The game ended at 14-14 tie and will go down as a tie in the record book. Raiders are now 1-0-1
We got good news the next day when we learned that David Wilganowski will be ok and will get to keep his scholarship to Rice University.
Then, Sunday happened. A horrible fire across from our subdivision, burned 3 houses to the ground. That same day, the Bastrop fire and the Steiner Ranch fire and Pflugerville fires. The next day, the Leander fire- 3 fires in fact. Then on Tuesday, the Cedar Park fire and 2 other fires in my subdivision.
The Leander fire left 11 families homeless. And damaged several others- 4 of which were our athletes.
Between the Bastrop fire and Steiner Ranch fires, it burned down 1500 houses.
Then last night, a group of Florence football players were driving in a car, that flipped over and one of the Senior football players died, another was left paralyzed, one is in critical condition and I am not sure on the other kid yet.
This has been a rough week for our community. Not just for the Raiders, but for the Rudder Rangers, and all of LISD and Bastrop. Here is to hoping this Friday is a turn around for all of us!!
Rouse vs. Hendrickson Hawks
Last year they beat us 34-14 and we could have easily
We know Coach Killian and his wife and think VERY highly of them! Very excited to play this game and I hope we keep them on the schedule for next season.
The Hawks won their first game this year against Vista Ridge 28-26 and lost to Lake Travis last week 43-14
Making them 1-1
I truly think this game is going to be a good one, but its going to be a dogfight to the end. We are going to have to be mentally focused and not give up the ball, but I think in the end, we quite possibly could be the ones to come out ahead of the game!
Good Luck to our Raiders!!
Go win this game for yourselves, but also for the entire
Raider Community that needs something good to focus on!
See you all at Kickoff!!!