Moms make football practice fun


A football mom reacts as she knocks over a tackling dummy, during Tuesday’s Mom’s Football Practice at Doug Adams Stadium in Xenia.


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One of the 26 football moms, sisters or cousins in attendance for Tuesday’s Mom’s Football Practice gets off a punt as a Xenia player looks on with a smile.


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Xenia High School senior defensive end Kyle Hollens (left) puts Cheri Lockwood’s hair up in a bun so she can get her helmet on, during Tuesday’s Mom’s Football Practice at Xenia’s Doug Adams Stadium.


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A Xenia Mom throws a football at a passing target. The Moms were taught the proper way to hold a football and the proper way to throw it as well.


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One of the football moms pushes a Xenia High School player back, during a blocking drill as part of the Mom’s Football Practice, Tuesday, at Doug Adams Stadium in Xenia.


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Halijah McBeth (right) adjusts the shoulder pads for his mom, Kinya McBeth, prior to Tuesday’s Mom’s Football Practice at Xenia High School’s Doug Adams Stadium.


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The moms were asked to put on their game faces for this team photo. Some of them didn’t get the message.


John Bombatch | Greene County News

By John Bombatch

jbombatch@civitasmedia.com

XENIA — It’s been said there’s no crying in baseball, and that may be so. But there’s plenty of laughter in football, especially on Mom’s Football Practice Day at Doug Adams Stadium.

Xenia High School coach Bob DeLong and several of his varsity players put the players’ moms, sisters and cousins through their paces for a hot, muggy and obviously fun-filled evening of football practice.

DeLong had each of the 26 ladies grab a pair of shoulder pads and a helmet. He then showed them the many nuances of the game of football. Whether it was intentional or not, they even learned what a lockerroom smells like.

“It definitely smells real in here,” the 31-year veteran football coach told his “players.”

After introductions were made and DeLong explained what he was going to teach them during Tuesday evening’s session, everyone took to the field.

“Coach? If my mom forgets my helmet, does she do push-ups?” one player asked.

“Watch it, buddy,” the mom said in jest. Maybe.

A punting contest was held and Randi Davis, the mom of junior Andrew Davis and middle school player Austin Davis, won one of the contests. Tunisia Collette, mom to senior P.J. Thompson, also had a Golden Toe for punting prowess.

“Don’t kick the ball with your toes, it’ll hurt your toe nails,” DeLong advised his players. “It’s true. I learned that the hard way.”

In the passing contest, inwhich DeLong first showed the women how to grip the football, Randi Davis and Tracie Rogers (sophomore Kenneth Klontz’s mom) threw the ball the farthest.

Cheri Lockwood had a bunch of hair to tuck under her helmet, so she had Xenia senior Kyle Hollen, who also has a good head of hair, to put her hair up in a bun for her.

“He’s friends with my son, and with all his hair, I knew that he knew how to do it, so I just had him help me,” she explained, between laughs.

The women pushed the Xenia players backward while learning how to block.

When one group saw they’d be blocking 6-foot-4, 200-pound P.J. Thompson, a mom yelled out “Hey coach! We need a smaller kid!”

The women also were taught the proper way to make a tackle.

Aside from the tackling dummy, only one other injury occurred: Kriste England (middle schooler Jake England’s mom) cut her chin while making a tackle.

“No, I’m fine really. This was fabulous! I can’t wait to do it again,” England said. “I enjoyed having a little bonding time with my son.”

“And she learned how to put on a chin strap!” chimed in another player.

DeLong then brought the players back into the lockerroom to learn the names of each offensive and defensive position. He told them about some of the rule differences that separate high school football from the college or professional game.

“This is the sixth year that we’ve done this at Xenia High School and I really enjoy doing it,” he told the team. “It’s one of my favorite things to do.”

A football mom reacts as she knocks over a tackling dummy, during Tuesday’s Mom’s Football Practice at Doug Adams Stadium in Xenia.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Tackle_PS.jpgA football mom reacts as she knocks over a tackling dummy, during Tuesday’s Mom’s Football Practice at Doug Adams Stadium in Xenia. John Bombatch | Greene County News

One of the 26 football moms, sisters or cousins in attendance for Tuesday’s Mom’s Football Practice gets off a punt as a Xenia player looks on with a smile.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_PinkPunt_PS.jpgOne of the 26 football moms, sisters or cousins in attendance for Tuesday’s Mom’s Football Practice gets off a punt as a Xenia player looks on with a smile. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Xenia High School senior defensive end Kyle Hollens (left) puts Cheri Lockwood’s hair up in a bun so she can get her helmet on, during Tuesday’s Mom’s Football Practice at Xenia’s Doug Adams Stadium.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_HelmetBun_PS.jpgXenia High School senior defensive end Kyle Hollens (left) puts Cheri Lockwood’s hair up in a bun so she can get her helmet on, during Tuesday’s Mom’s Football Practice at Xenia’s Doug Adams Stadium. John Bombatch | Greene County News

A Xenia Mom throws a football at a passing target. The Moms were taught the proper way to hold a football and the proper way to throw it as well.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_65Pass_PS.jpgA Xenia Mom throws a football at a passing target. The Moms were taught the proper way to hold a football and the proper way to throw it as well. John Bombatch | Greene County News

One of the football moms pushes a Xenia High School player back, during a blocking drill as part of the Mom’s Football Practice, Tuesday, at Doug Adams Stadium in Xenia.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Block_PS.jpgOne of the football moms pushes a Xenia High School player back, during a blocking drill as part of the Mom’s Football Practice, Tuesday, at Doug Adams Stadium in Xenia. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Halijah McBeth (right) adjusts the shoulder pads for his mom, Kinya McBeth, prior to Tuesday’s Mom’s Football Practice at Xenia High School’s Doug Adams Stadium.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_Kinya_PS.jpgHalijah McBeth (right) adjusts the shoulder pads for his mom, Kinya McBeth, prior to Tuesday’s Mom’s Football Practice at Xenia High School’s Doug Adams Stadium. John Bombatch | Greene County News

The moms were asked to put on their game faces for this team photo. Some of them didn’t get the message.
http://xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_GameFaces_PS.jpgThe moms were asked to put on their game faces for this team photo. Some of them didn’t get the message. John Bombatch | Greene County News

John Bombatch can be reached at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123.

John Bombatch can be reached at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123.

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