Yesterday was such a fun day for us! We headed to Detroit to cheer for the Zeeland West Dux as they battled the Marine City Mariners for the state championship in Division 4 football!
I am not the biggest sports enthusiast, nor do I know too much about the game of football, but I was SO excited to be at the game -- mostly to watch the experience through Trey's eyes. He was bursting with excitement the entire time!
Driving to Ford Field we talked over and over about where we were going with Trey, and how the Dux would be playing there today instead of the Lions. When he saw the stadium in the middle of all of the tall buildings of Detroit, he called out "I see Ford Field!". He was sooooo excited!
A few minutes later after we got inside, we were walking around and looking down at the field and he said "Mom! This looks just like Ford Field!". Like he had no idea where we were going. Funny kid.
We watched the end of the third game of the day, and got ready for the Dux to take the field. The game began at 7:45, but prior to that we had fun watching them warm up. Seriously, I was shaky and sweaty...and I have no idea why! I just kept thinking about how BIG of an experience this was for these boys and how hard they had worked all season. I'm pretty sure that I will be a complete wreck when Trey plays high school sports one day!
Mr. Dux himself walked right behind us before the game began. We thought he was too funny!
Trey was pretty mesmerized by him.
Coach Sloothaak warming up his guys! The last time Zeeland West made it to the state finals, John was in the box on the phones with the coaches (and I was pregnant with Trey!). It was fun this time to see him down there on the field!
Trey looked like this for most of the game. Trying to see every single detail of the game!
It was hard to get a photo of John because he always seemed to be in front of the players. I think I caught him taking off his hat here, but at least I got one!
The halftime score was 24-7. My nerves were beginning to calm down at this point! Ha!
Trey thought that every. single. thing. about Ford Field was the best, even down to the number on the back of his seat. He was number 1, right on the aisle!
This screen was great for watching replays and seeing close-ups of the players....and a few close-ups of John too!
MY future Dux! Trey got some high fives from a few sweet dads who saw him in this sweatshirt!
The final score was 45-7! I took this photo with three seconds left as the Zeeland crowd was going crazy! Marine City scored on their very first possession, and never again for the rest of the game. Way to go Dux!
Receiving the state championship trophy!
My friend (and neighbor... and co-worker!) Kristen and I were not only celebrating the WIN, but also the fact that we get to have our husbands back! Being a coach's wife can be a big job! This season was so worth all of the daddy-less dinners and bedtimes, though. Even though I wasn't the most supportive wife all season, it was a joy to see the team do so well!
After the game, John was able to take Trey down onto the field. Watching from the stands, we were pretty sure that Trey had no concept that this field was any different than any of the other fields that the Dux have played on.
He ran back and forth from endzone to endzone, loving every second!
Trey loved that Brooke and Riley could join us for the game. They enjoyed some time on the field too! So exciting!
It was such a fun game - of course made better by the fact that we left with a WIN! Such a fun way to end a great season. 14-0 and STATE CHAMPS!
Way to go Dux!