This past Thursday I got to enjoy a new experience…see what an ESPN production is like on the sidelines and be a part of one for Dave. Every week Dave hosts an online documentary style show for USF’s football team called “Running With the Bulls.” The Bulls last game was against West Virginia. They had to win this game in order to be bowl eligible. Dave and I were on the sidelines catching all the action first hand. When it got too cold we got to go up to the press box and enjoy warm cookies!
It was so much fun to be so close to the team, ESPN camera men, the fans, and other reporters. I got to do a stand up with fans cheering in the background and plays happening right before me. It was an experience I will never forget! The Bulls held West Virginia throughout the game, but a field goal in the final seconds by WVU ended the Bulls season and hopes of a bowl game bid.
Friday night was filled with more football as state playoff games continue. Dave and I headed to Lakeland to watch the Dreadnaughts face Gaither High. Lakeland has produced talents like the Pouncey twins and Chris Rainey and by the looks of it lots of top college football programs will include Dreadnaught players in the upcoming years. Lakeland has been undefeated this season, and Friday night wasn’t any different for the 6-time state champs…they defeated Gaither 42-14.
By the half Dave and I headed to Armwood High, another powerhouse football team. Armwood faced Gainesville High School. This game was supposed to be a “gimme” for the Hawks, but when we arrived to the stadium we were stunned to see the score…Armwood was down 14-3. Armwood struggled to turn it on in the last half of the game. Gainesville kept running back Matt Jones (Gator commit) quite, forcing Armwood’s offense to come up with other means of scoring. The Hawks kicker, the best kicker in the nation, Nick Feely struggled as well, missing field goals throughout the game. Feely pulled through for his team though…scoring the winning field goal and taking the Hawks to the Final Four in the state playoffs.
The best thing about this game was that I got to tape my on air debut!!!! That’s right…I’ll be on air on Thursday night with all the post game coverage for the exciting game! So turn on your TV THURSDAY AT 5PM ON SUN SPORTS and you’ll see Dave, all the latest in high school football and YOURS TRULY!