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November 14, 2008 11:40 PM

Prep Football: Killed by Deadline.

Posted by Rod Mar

Three games in three days started with a prep playoff game between Liberty and Kennedy. No homecoming jinxes to be found here.

This was one of those games where it starts at 7:30pm, deadline is a strict 9:30pm and knowing that, I also know the game is likely going to last just over two hours.

Kennedy owned this game in the first half. Liberty's Taylor Hamann reached out but only can get his hand on the towel of Kennedy's Nolan Washington as he broke for the end zone.

(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 6400, 1/500th sec.,f2.8)

Kennedy's Tre Watson is barely caught by the jersey by Liberty's Josh Spurgeon

(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 6400, 1/500th sec.,f2.8)

This photo has a bad background, there are no faces, but it is just unusual enough because Kennedy's Tre Watson scores a first half touchdown after losing his left shoe on the way.

(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 6400, 1/500th sec.,f2.8)

Kennedy's domination continued Nolan Washington dances out of the reach of Liberty's Malcolm Dike and the Lancers took a 17-0 lead into halftime.

(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 6400, 1/500th sec.,f2.8)

Because of the need to populate photo galleries with more than action photos, we shoot bands, cheerleaders and fans.

Kennedy's band sounded great, but they sat high in the dark stands, and it was hard to make a good image of them.

(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 6400, 1/60th sec.,f2.8)

The dance team took to the field and I thought this photo showed the fun and imperfection of high school routines.

(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 6400, 1/500th sec.,f2.8)

A Kennedy victory was brewing, and I headed to my car to transmit right after I photographed the dance team. It was almost 9pm, and I didn't have many photos showing Liberty playing well. I wasn't concerned, as Kennedy was dominating the game.

From my car, I could hear the roar of the crowd as I edited and transmitted. Having done this dozens of times, I didn't really take notice until I realized the noise was coming straight at my car. I was parked behind the Kennedy stands -- so the noise was coming from the Liberty side.

Of course, this is when my laptop froze, causing me to reboot and costing me precious time. I'm also getting emails from my editor asking, "You okay?"

I knew that meant he thought I was late on my deadline, so I double-checked my assignment -- yup, 9:30pm was my deadline. The office thought it was 9pm. "You read those things?" came the emailed reply.


So know my editor thinks I'm late, my laptop has crashed and there are sounds coming from the stadium that sound like the losing team is making some sort of dramatic comeback.

I hustle back onto the field just in time to see Liberty's Trey Wheeler break a tackle and dash up the middle for a touchdown, making the score 17-14.

(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 6400, 1/500th sec.,f2.8)

Running over to their sidelines, I shoot their fans going crazy. It's still a Kennedy lead, but I need to cover my bases. It's close to 9:30pm now, so I run back to the car to transmit the Liberty touchdown.

(Nikon D3, VR 400mm/f2.8 lens, ISO 6400, 1/250th sec.,f2.8)

As I edit and transmit, I hear an extra loud roar, which I determine to be coming TOWARDS me again, meaning while I have been editing, Liberty has scored the go-ahead touchdown.

By the time the final photo finishes transmitting, the game is over. I rush out to check the scoreboard -- Liberty 21, Kennedy 17.

Maybe I'll write the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to have games start at 7pm.

That extra 30 minutes would have helped tonight.

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