Ready for football

Published 8:41 am Wednesday, August 29, 2007

By By Adrienne McKenzie
Unfortunately the Escambia Academy Cougars did not win their first football game of the season, but I have faith they will do better this week and throughout the rest of the year.
I am so excited that it is football season again. Although I know nothing about sports and the only thing I know about football is what a touchdown is, I still find it enthralling to watch. If I am forced to sit down and watch a sporting event, I certainly hope the event is football.
Since I attended T.R. Miller High School in Brewton, I know the 'importance' of the sport because of the many championship games the school has played in. My dad formerly wrote sports articles for the Brewton Standard, my brother-in-law is a coach at TRM and my sister is an athletic trainer. I have been raised watching football and bred to love it.
I do not know the logistics of the game at all although it's not for a lack of trying to learn. I simply cannot grasp the concept of all the rules and regulations the football players must undergo. But, like I said, it is still fun to watch.
I am not only a graduate of T.R. Miller, but also The University of Alabama. For the past two years we have not had the greatest of seasons. I hope that since we have a new coach, things will look up for the Crimson Tide. Even though we do have Saban, ultimately the season is up to how bad the players want to win. If they put their hearts into winning, I have faith they can do just that.
I of course am rooting for all the area high schools. Since moving to Atmore a few months ago I've met a lot of the students at Escambia Academy, Escambia County High School and Northview High School. I've also met the administrators at each school. Everyone has been sweet and welcoming, so I definitely hope each football team goes far in the season because it's tough when your team takes a loss.
My senior year in high school I decided that I would not be in the band for the first time since the fifth grade. My best friend and I thought it would be fun to go to every single TRM game that year and we labeled ourselves as the 'super fans.' We did go to every game and TRM did well that year. Sadly, TRM got out in the semi-finals and it was a very emotional experience, even though I, obviously, did not play and had no relatives that played. I did have best friends that played that year and following a team that closely for so long pulls you in and you feel a connection with the players. So, when they are sad, you are sad and when they are happy, you are happy.
So, I would like to give well wishes to the ECHS Blue Devils, NHS Chiefs, EA Cougars, TRM Tigers and the Crimson Tide. I will be following football closely this year and I wish everybody the best!
Adrienne McKenzie is a staff reporter for The Atmore Advance. She can be reached at 368-2123 or via email at

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