Friday, November 09, 2007

The Trip - Friday Night Lights

I haven't been to a high school football game since... high school. Tonight we went to see the Cisco Loboes' last home game, against the Godley Wildcats. The whole town comes out for home games and fills the stands.

My brother-in-law filled me in on how the Loboes have been doing this year. He said their closest game so far was 41 - 6 at half-time, then they put in their second-string for the second half. But the Wildcats have been doing well this season too.

We got there early to get good seats, and after we were settled, my mom and I went down to the snack bar to get some dinner. I got a Frito Pie (Fritos covered with nacho cheese and chili), and my mom got a Sausage Wrap (Polish sausage in a tortilla). But what's with this snack?

They announced that the Rifle Raffle tickets were still available. One of the businesses in town had donated a rifle, and tickets were $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. I didn't buy any tickets. It's times like this that I'm reminded that Texas isn't the same as the rest of the country.

The teams took the field. These are the Loboes, flanked by their cheerleaders (sorry for the darkness).

After both teams had been announced, there was a moment of silence, the band played the National Anthem, and the game began.

The Loboes scored their first touchdown a minute and two seconds into the game, after the Wildcats won the coin toss and chose to receive. But the game was close. At half-time, the score was only 21 - 0. Three touchdowns, one extra point, and one safety.

The game was filled with yellow flags. Most of them were for Illegal Procedure, and there was one Personal Foul in the 4th Quarter, where a Wildcat got called for kicking a Lobo in the chest.

The Loboes played hard. When they ran the ball, they did it with determination to keep adding yards, even with the Wildcats pulling on their jerseys. They passed well, and their defense was solid. On one play, the Wildcats passed the ball and their receiver caught it, only to slam into a brick wall of a Lobo, who knocked the Wildcat on his back.

The final score was 48 - 6.

They made a movie about small-town Texas high school football, but I haven't seen it. I saw the game in person instead. Too bad football season is about over.


Malott said...

Sounds like a great place to live. Go Loboes!

I love the rifle raffle... But could you shed some light on the frozen pickle juice thing?

SkyePuppy said...


I got sort of an explanation of the frozen pickle juice thing from my sister at lunch after church yesterday (every Sunday, lunch is at their house, and my brother-in-law makes something wonderful). My sister had been one of the Band Boosters, until her daughter graduated last year, and she said somebody sometime ago had thought to freeze the pickle juice in little cups and sell it for a quarter, rather than just throwing it down the drain after selling the pickles. Little kids like to buy the frozen pickle juice. They have a quarter. It's the only thing they can afford, so they buy it and eat it.

Nobody knows why. It just is.

Marvin said...

Football's second season is just starting. The playoffs . . . three teams from each district enter the playoffs. A division 1 team . . . the largest school population. Then two division teams. Then two state champions one D1 and one D2 will emerge some time in the middle of December.

That is for each classification AAAAA, AAAA, AAA, AA , A and a D1 six man and a D2 six man. Cisco is a D2 AA team.

SkyePuppy said...


Looks like you've still got lots more football-watching to do. Thanks for the update.

Marvin said...

Cisco won the Bi-District game 63-0 and the Area Championship 51-0.

Next game will be for the Regional Championship and it will be much closer.

SkyePuppy said...


Oh wow! Did you get to see either of those games?

Go Loboes!

jcisco said...

As for the frozen pickle juice
'thing." It's this---a snow cone topped w/pickle juice!! The dill flavor is very sour,but do try the sweet pickle cone,if available!!

A few of the FB players drink the pickle juice to put the salt-lost during the sweating-back into their system during the game.

If you are ever in the Cisco Loboe country, stop at the Dairy Queen and have a chocolate covered banana!!
Both of the above 2wo items are "OLD" treats that have been around since the 70's!! Enjoy..

Marvin said...

The season ended today. We lost the semi-final game 17-6. We'll be back next year!