I've been heavily involved with high school football for many years. Not only do I photograph the games but I work as the conditioning coach during summer.
This year we had an entirely new varsity staff. I was very pleased when they asked me to help. We knew we had a good team but they're all very young. The season had its ups and downs. Through all of it I made images from the good times and bad. We ended up having a good run at the end of the season and were seeded number 2 in the playoffs which was very exciting. We won our 1st round playoff game. This was further than any of the teams in the past had gone.
Well the season came to an end on Friday night with the 1 point loss. I felt terrible for the boys.
I have been thinking about making portraits after the games for a few weeks and figured this would be a good chance win or lose. So I pulled out the generator and set up my lights and was able to make these images after the game.
My boy is #17 and has 1 more year on the team. They should be extremely competitive with this many returning kids.