It was a cold, bone-chilling evening when I got the text. Mustangs won! They are the State Football Champions! Second year in a row too! Word was spreading to gather a welcome home parade down Main. Frequent updates were sent in the group text letting us know how close they were.
We quickly gathered our little family out the door to be a part of the cheering crowd. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go to the game, but we REALLY didn’t want to miss this part.
We parked at the library and walked to Main. People were lining up on the sidewalks as I continued to receive updates through texts. “They are 10 minutes out.”
“5 minutes out.”
“They just got off the freeway!”
The fire trucks preceded them with their lights flashing. Then came the police cars with their flashing lights. If you were visiting Lovelock that evening, you probably wondered what catastrophe had just occurred! Then finally the bus came behind the police!
With the windows down and packed full of football players, the whole town was cheering! Cheerleaders were chanting their cheers. “We Are the Champions” by Queen was playing loudly from someone’s car. You could hear everyone singing along!
Man I love this small town! I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I teared up. I felt the love of the whole town there to support the football team. This team brings the town together, kind of like the end of Remember the Titans.
New Friendships Through Football
It was because of this team I’ve met new friends! It was in the football stands where I met Ty and his family. We were new to the community. We thought it would be fun to go to a home game. What we didn’t know was that we would become fast friends with the Gentry’s. Our kids instantly flocked to them! Basically, we bonded that night!
Ty and George, congratulations on an amazing season! We are proud to be Mustang fans! Thank you for trusting me to take these pictures! And thank you for making this one of the most fun sessions I’ve ever had!