The Texas high school football playoffs are getting closer and closer each week to the big final at AT&T Stadium. This week was the area round of the playoffs and I was out covering Sachse High School again like usual. Sachse faced off against a cinderella story Rockwall team that looked absolutely unstoppable coming off of a 23-7 win over The Woodlands. Last year in the area round The Woodlands had knocked Sachse out of the playoffs.
The sun was out and the weather was perfect Saturday at Allen Eagle Stadium. I can not explain how much I love day games, high shutter speeds and low ISO's all day long! this was my first game breaking out my brand new D500 body with battery grip. I was blown away by the focusing system and the ten frames per second. Coming from a D7200, which isn't a bad camera at all, the D500 is a clear step up on every level.
Both teams fans came out in full force! Rockwalls student section made an amazing backdrop for all my photos. Shooting in a full stadium is a luxury you wont always have. Its even more rare that you get that at a high school game. I can't express in words how amazing Allen Eagle Stadium is. Its a high school stadium that looks and feels like a college environment, it reminded me a ton of SMU's Ford Stadium.
The first half was dominated by big defensive plays by both teams. Sachse's offense struggled throughout the first half only putting up 10 points. The run game seemed to be the only thing that Rockwall's defense couldn't handle. Sachse running back Christian Cole rushed for 153.7 yards and accounting for 53% of the teams total yards.
After a final play that left Sachse just two yards short of winning the game it went to overtime. Rockwall won the toss and elected to defend first. After a 23 yard pass completed Derrick Rose, Sachse was up 24-17 with Rockwall getting one last possession to push the game to double overtime. after a first down and a few short runs and a failed rush on 3rd down Rockwall was on a 4th down, ball on Sachse's 1/2-yard line. One single stop would win the game for Sachse. The quarterback received the snap and handed the ball off the running back who was stopped just short, game over, Sachse win 24-17!
I don't think I have ever been as stressed on a shoot as I was at this game. Im super excited to get to continue shooting Sachse Football as they keep on their run for a State Championship title!
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