• Comanche Indian Football Up Close & Personal

    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! :)

    Today, everything comes from the O side of the ball. 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 McGregor’s kickoff after the Bulldogs’ first TD.

    McCullough took the kick deep in his own territory.

    McCullough (11) 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 his far side, looking for a hole and trying to avoid #7.

    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 as the others can no longer hold their men.

    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 hold closed.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    I lose Xavier here, but you can see that Mankin is still following Brooks, who is fighting their way toward the end zone.

    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.

    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.

    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!!

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    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.

    And then there was my favorite offensive play. From the left I can see Ryan Senger (3), Ethan Creech (66), Colten Jones (54), Bobby Cutler (62), and Thedford on the far right, all forming a solid wall. 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.

    We've lost Cash in the background, but the line is still holding.

    We’ve lost Cash in the background, but the line is still holding.

    My photo blurred, but you can see that Nance (7), and Gomez (55) have joined the others, and what you may not can see through the blur is Cash Mankin throwing a pass!

    My photo blurred, but you can see that Nance (7), and Gomez (55) have joined the others, and what you may not can see through the blur is Cash Mankin throwing a pass!

    A pass that Isaac Bill (6) caught!

    A pass that Isaac Bill (6) caught!

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    As you see, Nance (7) is faking to Cash (25) and handing off to Wyatt (21). Trying to pave the way by blocking and opening holes are Senger (3), Gomez (55), Creech (66) pulling toward us, Garcia (64), Jones (54), Thedford (14), and someone I can't quite see.

    As you see, Nance (7) is faking to Cash (25) and handing off to Wyatt (21). Trying to pave the way by blocking and opening holes are Senger (3), Gomez (55), Creech (66) pulling toward us, Garcia (64), Jones (54), Thedford (14), and someone I can’t quite see.

    It doesn't look like there is a place in the world for Wyatt to go.

    It doesn’t look like there is a place in the world for Wyatt to go.

    And then...Creech (66), Gomez (55), and someone on the ground are able to create a hole for Wyatt to jump through.

    And then…Creech (66), Gomez (55), and someone on the ground are able to create a hole for Wyatt to jump through.

    And here you see Gomez (55) using his body as a human shield to slow up the defenders enough to give Mankin a chance.

    And here you see Gomez (55) using his body as a human shield to slow up the defenders enough to give Mankin a chance.

    Wyatt is on his own; his teammates have done all they can do for him.  The Indians are not a team blessed with blinding speed so everything has to be done the hard way.

    Wyatt is on his own; his teammates have done all they can do for him. The Indians are not a team blessed with blinding speed so everything has to be done the hard way.

    And that was a look at Comanche Indian football!

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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