The craziest thing happened this week.
At practice on Tuesday, Lawson got a chance to play quarterback. He kept telling Mike and me all season that he wanted to play QB, but we honestly didn’t think that he’d be very good at it, and we didn’t want to make a big deal about it with the coaches since we already had two QBs. But on Tuesday, he got a chance – for one play – and stood in there, checked his line, and called out in a very loud, clear voice “Down!……Set!…….Hut!!!!” and then he sprinted back to hand the ball off to the running back.
And everyone was amazed. Or so I hear, as I wasn’t there (Mike was). He told me this story when they got home, and Mike said that all the other dads and coaches were saying what a great job he did.
Then the Thursday practice rolled around – and he was officially named QB for the game on Saturday (one of two), and he got to practice playing QB that practice. And again, everyone kept commenting to him, telling him what a great job he was doing and I could see this little half smile on his face, and I could tell that he loved hearing it. And that, for once, he was truly taking this football thing – and his position on the team - seriously.
Yesterday (Saturday) was their first game in the end of season tournament, at the big county stadium where the local high school teams play every Friday night. They played the Cowboys, a team that beat them just a few weeks ago during regular season. But the boys had been practicing really well, and they have really come together as a team and as players – all of them seemingly grasping the basics of blocking, running, and pulling flags. We didn’t expect to win, but we did hope for a good game. Piper and her friend Jessica had a blast during the game, as they had free reign over the stadium seating and enjoyed being waaaay up on the top row. They did art/drawing project up there for a while, until they became bored and then came back down to run around and do cartwheels off to the side. Our awesome friends (and neighbors) the Hamiltons came to watch Lawson play as well, something he was really happy about. He had the biggest smile on his face when he saw them in the stands and waved up to them.
Lo and behold….the little ol’ Cure team from Pflugerville WON. They did so convincingly. They gave up only one touchdown, which for their age is a really amazing. Their defense was solid – they swarmed after the ball, rushed the QB, and dove for flags. It was so exciting to watch. And I admit that I had that whole “proud parent” thing going on. Not only did their defense hold, but their offense was amazing. They scored 24 points! And best of all – Lawson got to play QB, just like he wanted to do all season, and he did well. And he loved it. He even pulled a flag on defense (I have a picture of it below!), and he got to run the ball as a running back once when he wasn’t in as QB. He did so well! The coaches were so proud of the boys that they took the kids to McDonald’s for an ice cream cone after the game. And after that, we went out to dinner with the Hamiltons and then did a little shopping at the mall since we were in the area. It turned into a really wonderful day-long event!
The Cure plays again this Thursday at Westwood High School against the #1 ranked team in their league. Odds are not in their favor to win this game, but we are all so proud of the boys for how hard they’ve worked this season and how far they’ve come.