Saturday, September 05, 2009

Friday night lights: Utah County

"American Fork cheerleader Ashlee Ozuna pumps up the crowd before the game against Timpanogos at Timpanogos High School, Friday, Sept. 4, 2009. American Fork won, 36-20."

Ah. Yes. Friday night lights in Utah County. There is something about Friday night high school football that makes it a great assignment to end the week with.

The young teenagers mingling in the crowd not paying attention the game, children tumbling down the grassy hills, the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers, parents screaming at every call, almost getting run over on the sidelines, and the intensity of players on the field.

This week I had American Fork at Timpanogos.

Salt Lake Tribune photog Trent Nelson wrote an article about the new Utah high school football curse: Deny a photographer access and you just might lose tonight's game.

I had to test it out, so I decided to stick with American Fork. Before tonight's game they were a perfect 2-0 and averaging 43 points a game. I was sure the coach would totally deny me access to the locker room.

Well, what do you know. I was granted access and American Fork won. The curse may be real, it may not be, but so far it's holding up.

You better believe I'll be testing it out every game I shoot this year.


Blogger mattrothphoto said...

Holy Crap! I'm totally trying it on my next fball game.
The manchester Valley game I just shot *might* prove this curse wrong. The coach let me hang out with the team during their pre-game prep talk, but they didn't actually go INTO the locker room. They had their pregame talk outside the locker room doors. I also decided to shoot half time shenanigans in the stands. So, while I got an all access thumbs up from the coach, they still got slaughtered.
If anyone cares, here's a link to my images from that night.

btw, Patrick, that cheerleading photo cracks me up.

Thursday, September 10, 2009 1:09:00 PM  

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