Friday Night Lights

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I love central valley football.
That might be an understatement, but after a year and a half at a college without a football team, coming back to Dinuba and getting to see a football game was just what I've needed.



The packed stands. The smell of the concession stand. The band. The familiar cheers. The motorcycles roaring. The bells, the balloons, and the screams of the crowd. Mr. Zimmerman announcing. "It's another Dinuba....FIRST DOWN!" The fight song. The kickoff traditions. Dinuba takes football seriously, and that's the truth.

My dad and I bundled up for a chilly night and took to the stands for Dinuba's first playoff game in the second round of Division III playoffs last Friday night. Dinuba Emperors (ranked number 1) versus the Mt. Whitney Pioneers. Great matchup, great players, and a fantastic game.

I get to watch boys that were freshman and sophomores when I was in high school take on the responsibility of leading their team - to an undefeated season so far. Andrew Worthley and Ben Kamerin, two boys I've known through choir making big plays and being role models for the rest of the team. I'm so proud of this group of guys, they make Dinuba proud.


I love football. My dad loves football. It's one of the things I miss the most when I am at Westmont. Especially when our hometown team has a season like it has been having so far, I just want to go to a football game and cheer on the boys with the rest of our town. So having the chance to go to a playoff game with my Dad over break was perfect.

Not to mention the boys brought home a win, taking down the pioneers 47-10, with too many great plays to count. Ben and Andrew both scored touchdowns, and I loved cheering along with current students, recent alumni, and a few old alumni as well. I saw so many people I know from my town, and I loved every moment of it.

A new tradition has been started this year. After each game, the boys come up on the track and sing our school's fight song to the crowd. I love this. I love our fight song, and I'm so happy more than just the choir knows it now!

Fight, fight, fight Dinuba, fight, fight, fight
March that ball right down the field
Come on you Dinuba, green and white
Hail Dinuba, fight, fight, fight
Hail, hail, the emperors, hail, hail to thee
Dinuba, Dinuba, fight fight fight to victory!
Hail Dinuba, Fight Dinuba
Rah, rah, rah, rah, rah - Go!
Fight, fight, fight Dinuba, fight, fight, fight
March that ball right down the field
Come on you Dinuba, green and white
Hail Dinuba, fight, fight, fight
Hail, hail, the emperors, hail, hail to thee
Dinuba, Dinuba, fight fight fight to victory!

Best of luck to the boys, as they take on 5th ranked Kingsburg this coming Friday. It's a rematch from earlier this season during league play, when Dinuba beat Kingsburg 17-14. I want to be back in the stands for that game, but alas, I am back in Santa Barbara and into the final stretch of the semester. 

But you can bet I'll be wearing my green and white and humming the fight song on campus. 


Respectfully submitted,
Leah

2 comments

  1. Leah! You are such an encouragement!(I'm emailing Drew and Ben your link as we speak.) You are a voice of the passion for "All things Emperor" that Steve and I have felt all our adult lives; the reason we both made conscious decisions to come back home to live and work and raise kids..... We have never regretted a single moment.... thank you for the reminder of how wonderful small town life can be. Good luck on finals, and hurry home for the holidays! vickiw

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