I leave the real football reporting to the experts since it is impossible for me to keep stats etc. while I photograph. However, as we were going through photos this week, I happened to realize that it might be kind of fun to choose a few plays and follow them as far as my photographs will take us. If the intricacies of the game don’t interest you, you will probably be totally bored! To enlarge photos, simply put your curser over one and then hold down the control key while pressing the key that has the + sign on it.
I believe this first series consists of photos of Whitney’s kickoff after the Bulldogs’ first TD.
McCullough took the kick deep in his own territory. At the moment, we can’t see who it is that is holding # 44 at bay.
As you can see, he rolls to the far side, looking for a hole and trying to avoid #7. We can see now that it is Cash Mankin trying to buy Ty some room to the right and Austin Licea (80) and Michael Constancia (5) blocking on the left.
Seeing that he had no where to go on the far side, McCullough somehow eluded #7 and turned back to the near side while Mankin and Constancia continue to hold their men. Licea is still in a position to help while Bernal (72), Thedford (14), and Lorta (44) try to get in position. I have no idea if Ty is as fast as his dad was, but it appears from the photo that he is going to have a split second to get through the hole, heading upfield.
And then it was too late. Mankin and Constancia could not continue to hold off their defenders, and the hole closed.
And this was the final result.
Obviously, it is easy to look at the photos and not understand that every one of these photos were taken within seconds of each other, and we are talking about split second decisions that have to be made on every single down.
This next series of photos results in an Indian touchdown.
On this down, Nance (7) hands the ball to Cash (25) who is following Xavier Gomez (55) and Brooks (40). Of course, you can see Nance trying to get in on the action as well.
Mankin is still following Brooks, who is fighting their way toward the end zone. Someone has taken out the Bulldog who is on the ground, and I assume it was Xavier (55).
Brooks is still determined that Cash will score, but if you look closely, you will notice that another Bulldog has entered the battle.
As Cash steps across the goal line, you can see that another Indian has joined the fight. I would guess that it is twin brother Mankin. TOUCHDOWN!!
And then there was my favorite offensive play.
I can’t see all of the numbers, but you can tell that there is a solid wall defending the play here. From the left I can see Ryan Senger (3), Ethan Creech (66), Colten Jones (54), Bobby Cutler (62), and Thedford on the far right. In the background you can see Nance, faking it to Wyatt Mankin (21) and Cash Mankin (25), running behind Wyatt. Nothing strange about it yet.