Hope Heard – Blanket ISD – Grade 10
It starts the second you hit the grass. In that second you know.
This is the very last game you will ever play.
more like “brotherhood”
fell in love
all on this field.
Since freshman year you have become one with six-man.
And now here you are
are telling you
this is the last chance to show me what you have
flip a coin
run a ball
throw a spiral
and it’s funny
while they say this
they are also saying men don’t cry
but why is it in this moment
when I’m running the ball in the final play of my final game
in the six-man state championship game
I’m shedding a tear of joy in one eye
and sadness in the other.
by Belle Underwood – Richland Springs – Grade 10
It isn’t just a town.
It’s family and friends.
It’s being there through thick and thin.
It isn’t just a community.
It’s the Boys of Fall.
It’s mixing it up.
It’s six-man football.
It isn’t just a group of uninvolved fans.
It’s blue and white Mohawks.
It’s sequined blue caps.
It’s an array of blue and white.
It isn’t just dedication.
It’s hours of film.
It’s summer workouts.
It’s state championships.
It isn’t just a place to live.
It’s Fourth of July celebrations at the park.
It’s fundraisers at the feed store.
It’s Saturday afternoon fish fries.
It isn’t just a group of people.
It’s Ty Manns
It’s Nash Moorers
It’s J.D. Smiths
It isn’t just a place on the map.
It’s Wednesday and Sunday church.
It’s Tuesday night Booster Club.
It’s Monday PTA meetings.
It isn’t just cardboard cut-outs.
It’s the bank building with blue stained glass.
It’s the white church with the steeples.
It’s the unique WPA gym.
It isn’t just a bunch of buildings.
It’s knowing everyone in the school.
It’s a population of the 338.
It’s a senior class of 5.
It isn’t just a place to do nothing.
It’s backroading at night.
It’s hunting in the morning.
It’s fishing in the afternoon.
It isn’t just common folks,
It’s former NFL players.
It’s PhDs and Master Degrees.
It’s people who make a difference.
It isn’t just another blink-and-miss town.
It’s The Yellow Duck.
It’s The Coyote Café.
It’s The Stagecoach.
It isn’t just a town that doesn’t accomplish anything.
It’s owning 6 State six-man football Championships.
It’s National Honor Society.
Richland Springs isn’t just a town.
Richland Springs is my hometown.
Richland Springs is my family.
by Riley Smith – Bryson – Grade 11
A blinking light near the corner store,
An old log cabin from days of yore.
A school that’s taller than the rest of the town,
And remains from an old school newly torn down.
Fans at the field on Friday nights,
Together will yell, will cheer, and will cry.
Family and friends now and for ever,
To support each other we will endeavor.
The components that tie us together like glue,
Are our six-man colors of gold and blue.