Cesmat – Back To Stormin’ Friday Night Sidelines

After all of the angst, high school football finally happened Friday night. Yes, not everything was business as usual when it came to fans in the stands and everything else that goes with high school football.

I started at Hamilton, where they got homecoming out of the way in case COVID-19 wreaked havoc later in the season. On the field, the Huskies were no match for Centennial. I was on to the next game when it was 14-0.


Next stop was Perry, where the Pumas got into a shootout with Queen Creek. I was on the Bulldog sideline long enough to see quarterback Devon Brown drop a dime for a touchdown on the final play of the first half for a 21-14 lead. The road team would end up winning 35-28. 


I made it to the Casteel vs. Boulder Creek game at the end of halftime. Boulder Creek has a terrific tandem of quarterback Bear Milacek and running back Jacob Cisneros. The Jags were up 35-15 in the 3rd quarter, only to see the Colts come storming back led by their defense shutting down BC the final quarter and a half.

It was great to storm the sidelines and see people who I hadn’t come in contact with for months during the COVID-19 crisis.  I hadn’t seen Jordan Hamm from our staff in person since June when we did a video shoot together.

Dick Banzieski (Bano), Kevin McCabe, Haley Stesiak from COX 7,  AIA Executive Director David Hines, John Gustafson (Gus) from 3TV, Chilly and Andy Silvas from Arizona Varsity, and Marcus Williams from CUSD were some of the conversations I was able to have during the night.

I was able to listen to Devon Henry from our team call the Chandler vs. Liberty game while I was driving from game-to-game. It was just nice to get out and be part of the high school community. Friday nights are just better when I’m out stormin’ some sidelines and catching up with people that truly do love the game.