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The water girls

Being a football manager can be a thankless job, but we do love being part of Friday Night Lights

October 12, 2017

Gazebo Photo by Taylor Justice
Miller Cranford, left, and EmmaJane Canady stay busy on the sidelines on Friday night

If you remember from your freshman Biology class, you were told two-thirds of the earth’s crust is covered by water.

You also may recall 70 percent of the human body is water.

But did you know in the duration of a football game, players consume roughly five gallons of water?

That’s where we come in.

Gazebo Photo by Caris Weinberg
Miller Cranford and EmmaJane Canady have to keep the water flowing during the game

We are managers for Stratford’s varsity football team. Before the game begins and at halftime, we fill up six water bottles each and make sure we have a towel at hand.

During the game, we distribute the water bottles to the players. We have to stay alert in case a player is dehydrated.

Along with having responsibilities, we are held accountable if anything is left behind. We make sure all of the water bottles and coolers, make it back to the bus when the Eagles have an away game.

The other students who work with us are head manager Cole McDaniel and ball boys Cooper Baskette, John Wade and Lawson Cole.

Everyone knows the expression, “I put my blood, sweat, and tears into this.”

Well, we see it every Friday night.

On the sideline, there is a lot of white noise, because you are so focused on micromanaging the players, but the Stratford spirit is great!

Our favorite part is  interacting with the players and coaches and being able to see the game in a new perspective.

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