I recently had the pleasure of enjoying a beautiful fall Friday night filled with the excitement of a game between two fierce rivals, Greenbrier and Lakeside. Lakeside was seeking their first victory, while Greenbrier was unbeaten. It was also Lakeside’s Homecoming. The game was close, 7-0 and hard fought. One glaring thing detracted from the enjoyment of the game and seemed to dampen the enthusiasm of fans on both sides of the field.
All of the officials seemed disinterested in the game and were not as on top of every play as they should have been. Calls were slow coming in after flags were thrown. The referee appeared to be distracted, or perhaps apathetic. It was a hard-fought game, the outcome greatly affected by penalties-lots of penalties, major and minor. The crowd, however, was completely baffled as to the infraction called. NOT ONCE did the referee signal to the booth or the stands the nature of the foul for which the penalty was called. Fans were uncertain as to how to react and those around me seemed unable to really connect with the game. What could have been very exciting was mostly confusing to those in the stands around me as well as those with whom I spoke later. Given the championship caliber of athletics in our county, it would seem that better trained or more motivated officials could be employed.
On a brighter note, the Lakeside homecoming halftime festivities were beautifully presented. After the game, both bands demonstrated the shows they will be performing in competitions this year. To this old former drum major they sparkled.
By the way, Greenbrier exhibited the talents of a nationally competitive twirler, Miss Wren Williams. Her exhibition was dazzling as she performed amazing feats with three batons simultaneously and went on to truly dazzle the fans by performing the routine with THREE FIRE BATONS.
Our county is truly blessed with schools of the highest quality, made so by outstanding parents, students, staff, and administration. Be sure to get out and support our schools at every opportunity.