For a change of pace, I took in a high school football game last night here in Tulsa. With no “dog in the fight” anywhere locally, I went to the home game for the school right across our back fence, Metro Christian Academy. This was Metro's first home game of the season since last week had been cancelled due to lightning and thunderstorms. They were playing Stillwell HS, a little town east of Tulsa almost on the Arkansas border.
Metro (MCA for short) has its own stadium and the game was played there. MCA had a decent crowd of parents, students and supporters. It looked like several dozen Stillwellians? had come over along with their marching band.
MCA was never seriously challenged during the game. They scored the first 17 pts, and led by that at halftime after a couple of nice long passes from the senior quarterback, Abe Anderson to senior wide receiver, Jake Koenig. Each time the MCA band lustily played their fight song, courtesy of U. of Notre Dame. (The band director, Joe Metzer, plays in Tulsa First Baptist orchestra with me).
Halftime provided the opportunity for the parents and fans to meet and see the elementary age cheer and yell squads and the 2nd grade football team - “the future of MCA football”.
Also at halftime the Stillwell uniformed marching band performed. This was noteworthy in that they had the smallest marching band I have ever seen perform, and I've seen many. They fielded eleven band members, including one sousaphone and two drummers. They offered a rousing rendition of the theme song from Mission Impossible. I found this hopeful, though not predictive, as the team went on to allow another 20 points in the second half without scoring themselves.
But, alas, the weather was perfect, if not still a touch warm for the end of September. The crowds were polite and appreciative. And all in all, I had a terrific time. May go back in a few weeks and catch a game on a cooler Fall evening.ut