Saturday, September 21, 2013

Friday night lights

Have you been to a Goochland Bulldogs’ football game recently, or ever? Local high school football, especially when the home team is reigning state champ in its division, is one of the many savors of life in a rural community.
Last night’s (September 20) game was just about perfect. A nearly full moon peeked out of lush clouds on an almost autumn night. The warm day cooled just enough that many folks slipped on a light jacket, or Bulldog sweatshirt at half time.
The football was excellent. Goochland vanquished the visiting Randolph Henry team 56-7. The cheerleaders, perhaps even better athletes than the guys on the gridiron, defied gravity and flainted their agility while egging the team to its win.
Our marching band presented an ambitious half time show and treated the crowd to celebratory riffs to exit the stadium by. In addition to performing at football games, the band struts its stuff in area competitions.
The atmosphere was down home and friendly. There were lots of empty seats on the home side of the field. The admission fee, $5, is modest. Those over 62 get in free. But if you can afford it, lie about your age and buy a ticket. You won’t get carded and the money will be put to good use.
Speaking of money, the band boosters, that intrepid group of parents that works hard to raise money and provide other support to the band, is collecting recipes for a cookbook.  Chapters include: no bake; best of tailgating; snack attack; easy crockpot; and the most important meal of the day—breakfast. Visit the band booster website at: or drop an email to
The next home game is Friday, October 4. Kick-off is 7 p.m. Wear red!

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