As the final game of the 2012 Illinois high school football regular season got underway, I knew it was something special and that in the years following I would probably rarely see again.
The game didn’t feature any future hall of famers. There were no state records set that may never be broken. It was a conference matchup between De La Salle who was 4-4 and needed the win to even be considered for the playoffs and Fenwick, who was 6-2 and would clinch the Catholic League White conference and make the playoffs win or lose. The score ended up being a lopsided 28-3 victory by the Friars of Fenwick and while the game action gave me plenty of shots to file for the newspaper, I gave my self an assignment at the start of the second quarter.
Document what is a dying sight in high school football. A mud bowl!
From sideline to sideline, no bench or player was able to escape the mud. Mud was on everything and even my boots were no match for the muck.
You could tell the difference between the players who were in for single play, versus those who were on the sidelines for the game so far.