Homecoming ’19

*  Spoiler alert:  We won! 

September 27

[As is now custom, Homecoming weekend begins with the Education Foundation Hall of Fame luncheon at Broadway Ballroom . . . ]

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[Assembled diners looking for a table with a view . . . ]

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[EFoundation Executive Director Christine Reilly . . . ]

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[The high school carolers entertained . . . ]

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[On to the football game, beginning with the Homecoming Royalty . . . ]

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[I admit I skipped the parade this year.  The weather was what I would call iffy.  Iffy is what people my age call it when I wouldn’t have gone to the game either except we have a good team that’s fun to watch . . . ]

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[The band was on hand to greet the team out of its  . . .  tunnel?]

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[And here they are . . . ]

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[We kicked off; Brainerd a 3 and out . . . ]

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[We marched down the field.  Here QB Matthew Carlsen (7) handed off to Nolan Morical (5) who appears to have a nice opening . . . ]

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[A nice gain . . . ]

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[And Morical again . . . ]

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[Carlsen launches a pass (ball, upper right) . . . ]

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[If not on this play, the Cards scored on a pass from Carlsen to Krisen Hoskins (13).  Cards were up 7 – 0 and it appeared to be easy . . . ]

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[But the Warriors scored on a long drive, and then kicked off to Hoskins . . . ]

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[Kristen headed cross field . . . ]

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[And found a lane up the left sideline . . . ]

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[A long return to near midfield . . . ]

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[The Cards held a 20 – 7 lead at the half, though Brainerd controlled the ball for much of the time . . . ]

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[Homecoming Royalty was introduced at the half . . . ]

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[The young ones appeared in awe of their elders . . . ]

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[I missed photographing the 2nd half kickoff.  I have been to two home games, and both times we returned the 2nd half kickoff for a touchdown.  This time on a reverse, with Morical pitching to Hoskins who took it all the way . . . ]

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[Some times you just have a feeling.  I started shooting this play in an expectation that Morical might break it . . . ]

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[And he did, almost all the way . . . ]

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[Of course, we continued on for another touchdown . . . ]

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[A Morical run . . . ]

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[Followed by another Morical run . . . ]

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[And Will Heydt (38) finished the TD drive . . . ]

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[I thought this was going to be the final score . . . ]

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[But Colton Schabel intercepted a pass and returned it 4 yards for the final score.  Another big win for the now 4 – 1 Cards . . . ]

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September 28

[The next day we voted in the morning . . . ]

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[Then joined Karin & Dave at the winery on beautifully chilly September day . . . ]

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[For the musical stylings of Elsa Lee . . . ]

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[She said her fingers thawed out by the next morning . . . ]

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[We dropped by Mom’s old neighborhood, lushly green from a wet summer . . . ]

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[Then to the Lure Lakebar for music with Greg Donahue and Erik Schultz . . . ]

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[They drew a good crowd, some going next to the Buddy Holly concert at the high school auditorium, while the Super and I matriculated to . . . ]

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[Where the Homecoming weekend began the day before . . . ]

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[The Super came home with six bottles of adult beverages . . . ]

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[And we were joined for a while by the school’s professional photographer, Mark Ripley.  See you again next year!]

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As truth be told, homecoming never gets old.  ~  Hlovate

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