Ralston Valley dominates Legacy in a snow storm

The Ralston Valley Mustangs hosted Legacy High School at a snowy NAAC Thursday night. It is hard to believe, but in all the time I lived in Alaska and as many football games that I shot up there, this was the first time I ever shot a football game in the snow. I have shot baseball, soccer and track and field in the snow or with snow on the sidelines, having been freshly shoveled away, but never with snow falling.

October 25th, 2012: A Ralston Valley full back tries to run the ball through the Legacy High School defense on Thursday night in the snow and cold.

The 4 months I have been in Denver (Arvada), I have been spoiled with the warm weather, so this night I was cold.  Really cold.  It affected my shooting some, and the snow was a pain to shoot in.  Shooting a night game for MaxPreps, I needed to use flash, and the flash would illuminate the snow that was between me and my subject, both in the air, and on the ground, and the frozen grass reflected light, causing exposure issues.  My camera would also jump focus every so often, grabbing snow flakes from time to time.  Plus the cold, my fingers got numb very quick.

October 25th, 2012: A Ralston Valley full back runs with the ball against Legacy High School defense on Thursday night in the snow and cold.

There was also a layer of what I would call ice fog coming off the field at times.  It was a hard shoot.

October 25th, 2012: A Legacy High School player runs the ball in the game against Ralston Valley on Thursday night in the snow and cold.

Ralston Valley jumped out in front of Legacy and never looked back.  The running game was the big part of RV’s offense, as the cold and snow made for a slippery ball to catch at times.

October 25th, 2012: A Ralston Valley full back tries to run the ball through the Legacy High School defense on Thursday night in the snow and cold.

Even with the snow and cold, RV fans came out in herds, but very few people from Legacy made the trip to the game.  The Mustangs took a 30-0 lead over Legacy into the locker room at halftime.

October 25th, 2012: A Ralston Valley kick return starts to run the ball back against the Legacy High School special teams on Thursday night in the snow and cold.

At halftime, I went under the visitors bleachers to get out of the snow, and the chain gang, who have done all 12 games I have shot at NAAC, invited me into their room to warm up.  It was the NAAC garage for the lawn mowers, and equipment, and there was a nice, warm heater going which made quite a difference to my frozen fingers for the second half.

October 25th, 2012: A Ralston Valley wide receiver sets to catch a touchdown pass against Legacy High School on Thursday night in the snow and cold.

I was disappointed in the above photo.  Wide receiver for the Mustangs was wide open, filling my frame, and then the throw was low, so at the last second dropped down in my frame.  So while that irritated me, what really hacked me is the sign in the background, that is not lit by my flash, and out of my focus zone, gives the altitude of the football field.  Would have been kind of cool to see that in the background.

October 25th, 2012: A Ralston Valley punt team player strikes a pose over the ball after a kick to Legacy High School goes over the returners head on Thursday night in the snow and cold.

Ralston Valley would end up beating Legacy 44 to 6 to close out their regular season.  Photos should be up on MaxPreps soon.

 

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