As the golf coach I have come to realize that I have certain ‘obligations’ at Benton Academy. The biggest is that the coaches for all sports go to the first football game of the season to support the student athletes who almost all are multi sported. As the first game was last night, August 18th, I put on my Raider red golf team shirt and went to the game.
As coach I don’t have to pay for admission and the ladies at the entrance all smiled and welcomed “Coach” Clay (which you may remember makes my wife smile as she never expected anyone, let alone a whole school of people to call the word coach and my name together).
It was a hot, muggy night with thankfully a gentle breeze to cool things off that had a rain storm of nearly a ½ inch of rain that afternoon, resulting with the ground which was already saturated with recent rains a soggy mess. We arrived with the game having just started and already most of the players were covered with dirty brown water and mud. One mother suggested to her daughter whose son was in the game to take him to the car wash after the game before letting him in their house.
We sat up in the stands next to our lawyer, who is 70+ and his friend of the same age. So with him and his friend both well-known and my red shirt and finally my wife who seemingly knows even more people than even our lawyer, there was scarcely a man, woman or child we didn’t know.
But, back to the game! I love muddy fields as that is how the game should really be played, plus it reduces the chance of injury. However, it does make fumbles and turnovers a much bigger possibility and that was true last night. Fortunately for Benton, they were the better team and the score was 34 to 0 by half time. With my obligation fulfilled, and after a full day of running errands down in the city of Jackson, the “coach” called it a night.