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It was a beautiful day for high school football Saturday.

While I was in Bridger, the skies were blue with a few clouds and there was a very slight wind. Many fans weren’t wearing coats. And if they were, it was a sweatshirt or windbreaker.

It was my first trip to the field and its surroundings are impressive. With Chris LeDoux, Def Leppard, and other artists playing during warm-ups, I took in the rimrocks overlooking the field, which had plenty of trees surrounding it. I must say, the field’s surroundings were pretty cool.

All those I brushed paths with were pleasant, including coaches and players from both sides, the ticket workers and fans.

Then the football game began. It didn’t disappoint, either.

In an exciting first half of football, Big Sandy had pulled to within 30-22. Before the second half started, the Bridger players came back to the field to the Rocky theme song made famous in the movies.

Bridger would play strong in the second half, scoring four of the game’s last six touchdowns in a 54-36 win. However, the game surely was a test for the Scouts.

“They (Big Sandy) were good. I was impressed,” said Bridger coach Mike Mathis. “I was surprised they have a 3-5 record (entering the game). They have some good athletes.”

Big Sandy had its share of big players, with seven athletes at least 6-foot. Blake Brumwell is 6-7, 235 pounds and Corbin Pearson is 6-5, 210. Both would score on long touchdown receptions.

Bridger’s height and weight were not listed on the program. Instead, the Scouts listed positions. Regardless, Big Sandy boasted a big bunch.

“We’ve faced size all year,” said Mathis. “But with the strength and condition of our athletes we wear down the opponent.”

All-in-all Saturday’s game was entertaining and well played by both sides. Hopefully the rest of the playoffs offer the same. If so, fans are in for a treat.

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