As a sportswriter, it’s important to begin a post-game interview with the right question. You need something that can start a dialogue and set the pace for the rest of the conversation, something that proves you as the asker are competent and entices the interviewees to want to talk and give you those juicy nuggets to fill out a story.
Saturday, following Hot Springs’s nail-biter of a 6-man football loss to Denton-Geyser-Stanford, I decided to start my conversation with Savage Heat coach Jim Lawson by asking how it was that his team managed to score 21 points – i.e. three booming touchdowns – on three massive plays that totaled 220 yards while the rest of his early game tries on offense went for squadoosh.
He, immediately recognizing me as a 6-man rookie, politely offered an explanation to the explosiveness of broken plays before adding a smile and a caveat:
“That stuff is all pretty common in 6-man football.”
You’re right, Coach. Of course it is. It was at about this time I think we each acknowledged I was a bit out of my element. You see, Saturday’s Montana Class C state quarterfinal game was my first foray into the world of 6-man football. Continue reading
The 67th annual East-West Montana Shrine Football Game kicks off at 7 p.m. in Butte on Saturday, July 20, and the Missoulian will be there covering the action.
Can’t make it over to Naranche Stadium even though your favorite local athlete will be playing in the all-star game? Don’t worry, you can still keep up with the action and track your players with ease here!