After the high school football playoff schedule was released last week, Hair Balls was ready to jump on the Galveston Ball High bandwagon and follow the team on what we hoped would be a miracle playoff run. Ball had already exceeded expectations by making the playoffs, considering Hurricane Ike made football in Galveston an afterthought just a year ago.
"We can make Galveston proud," Holmes told the crowd that had packed the pews at the chapel. "I know the people of Galveston love football, and our football team can take pressure off their minds. We can salvage our season and help get the community back to how it was. We can be the inspiration."
The game was played Saturday at Alvin's Memorial Stadium. Hightower was the visiting team, and its fans poured into the stadium, packing the visiting bleachers with green and white. The home side was a bit more bare, and the Ball band didn't even fill a section of the stands. Before the game started, even if you knew nothing about the two teams, Ball looked severely overmatched.
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Then Hightower scored two touchdowns -- on a long pass and punt return -- in the final two minutes of the half to pretty much put away the game. Hightower, looking like the team we saw earlier this year, scored three touchdowns in the third quarter and eventually won the game 48-21.