I got lost twice coming back from Point Pleasant last night. It was 1 a.m. before I got home. I’m not much for traveling to away games, driving on dark, twisty roads to unfamiliar places, but I’m not missing a minute of Weston’s last few football games.

They played #8 Point Pleasant. (Roane County Raiders were ranked 9th in the playoff lineup.) They were ahead at halftime, but slipped in the second half. By the time there was a minute left in the game, they were losing by one point. Down to under a minute and it looked pretty bad.

The stadium was PACKED. I thought we’d never get through the bumper to bumper traffic heading into the high school by kick-off time, but we made it. Barely.

The Point Pleasant crowd was going crazy by the time the seconds started ticking down on the clock under a minute. I was ready for a miracle. The Raiders made it to the 5 yard line, where they could hardly help themselves from making a touchdown then for some reason they got moved back to the 25 yard line. (I still don’t understand what’s going on half the time.) The Point Pleasant crowd went wild, so excited. And then with 35 seconds left on the clock and despite being set back, the Raiders scored and won the game 33-28.

It was pretty amazing.

Roane County has never made it past the first round of the playoffs before. They’ll play #1 Ravenswood next week.

I’m so glad I didn’t let Weston quit. He’s having the time of his life playing on the winningest team his high school has ever put on the field.

And now it’s 2 a.m. and I’m going to bed.


  1. CindyP says:

    Way to go Raiders!! Way to go!! :dancingmonster:

    Did you beat the bus home?

  2. Cousin Mark says:

    Go Raiders from Morgantown ,West Virginia. We had the game by calling neighbors and got WVRC live the last 30 seconds. Tell Weston way to go. By the way, how could you get lost when you are only two counties away…………………. ???? Cousin Mark at 3:15

  3. skippymom says:

    Congrats Wes and the team! FABULOUS! :snoopy:

  4. Nancy Krohn says:

    No more watching my kids play sports anymore…
    They’re all grown up.
    Now, I watch my sheep and chickens for entertainment!

    :sheep: :chicken:

  5. umstetter says:

    Way to go team! High school football is a lot of fun. Glad your team won and glad that Weston didn’t miss out on this experience. (Go MOM!)

    Keep us posted on next weeks game.

  6. Cousin Sheryl says:

    I think that is is biggest smile I have ever seen on Weston’s face! Great job, Raiders! We were texting with Morgan to get the score. Then, finally, I got the game via the Internet during the last 30 seconds (missed that last Raider TD but heard the announcers go nuts when the Raiders won)!

    Good job!

    (At least, my directions got you over there! :yes: )

  7. ladybird_1959 says:

    Wonderful news! Good luck against Ravenswood!

  8. Angela P says:

    :shimmy: :shimmy: :shimmy: WAY TO GO TEAM :shimmy: :shimmy:
    Weston you rock Dude…and your sooo handsome too :shimmy: 😉

  9. Quietstorm says:


    PS: Dont forget to thank Mom…. :hug:

  10. texwisgirl says:

    Now THAT’S the way to start off the playoffs! Congrats to your son and his team (and all the faithful parents who follow their boys over twisty, windy dark roads to see them play!)

  11. Zusiqu says:

    Sounds like a very exciting game! The only time I enjoy watching football is when I know the players.

  12. Tow Lady says:

    Way to go, Raiders!!! I know just how excited they are!!! Our team won and advanced to second round, also, last night. I’ve got a Senior on that team, too…my very last one to get through school. Our little town has come alive for this team. Congratulations, Weston!!!

  13. Jan says:

    Oh my Gosh, Suzanne! You’ll be in my back yard, if I was there. I grew up in Ripley. I wish I was going to be there instead of in OK!

  14. wvhomecanner says:

    I waited up to see the score! WOOHOO and my alma mater won too (Bridgeport!). Off to the next round!


  15. Angela says:

    Hey Suzanne!

    I didn’t realize they were playing Point Pleasant. My cousin is one of the Coaches at Point Pleasant!

    Angela :wave:

  16. auntbear says:

    Friday night football rocks :snoopy:

  17. Barbee' says:

    WOW! Another cliff-hanger! And, now it has to be done all over again. I don’t how much more of this CITR drama and excitement I can handle! Whew! Good luck, :clover: we are cheering for you for the next game. What a year for you and your team! Jumping for joy. :sheepjump:

  18. Sharon says:

    :sheepjump: :sheep: :duck: :fairy: :dancingmonster: :snoopy: Everybody is doing the happy dance! For all us Grammy’s out here that love to cheer other sons/grandsons on…WAY TO GO! Thanks mom for sharing your fun with us too.

  19. Diane says:

    Way to go!!!! Its a great feeling us parents get when our kids to well. Glad you got home ok. 🙂

  20. AA says:

    Way to go! Congrats to everyone involved, especially you for making it home before daylight!

  21. Annette says:

    :snoopy: It was a nerve wracking game! my little cousin plays (#5) and i was a nervous wreck listening to it! I don’t know much about football either, just listen to the score and for names i know! Way to go Roane County! so nice to see them make it this far. i was in 9th or 10th grade when Spencer high went to the playoffs and won just before the schools consolidated and then after that we had many seasons without games won or very few won. :happyfeet:

  22. Leanna says:

    Can’t beat high school football! Congrats!

  23. Northcountrygirl says:

    WAY TO GO WESTON!!! YEAHHHHHH!!!!! Go Raiders!!! :sun: :shimmy: :sun:

  24. prayingpup says:

    Doesn’t Weston’s smile tell the entire story? Wow! And I LOVE to see him smiling – Congratulations!

  25. Rose C. says:

    Weston smile tells the whole story! But getting lost on the back road not fun!!!!! Good luck next week, and here is to another win!

  26. princessvanessa says:

    Besides that big victory smile, Weston is sporting a goatee. It looks good on him.

  27. Jeanne says:

    Making memories isn’t always easy, especially when its for your kids. He sure looks proud.

  28. Miss Becky says:

    I’m with ya Suzanne, I don’t like driving dark country roads at night either. Especially this time of year ~ I’ve never hit a deer and that’s the way I want to keep it.
    Congratulations on the win!!! :happyfeet: :happyfeet: :happyfeet:

  29. Senta Sandberg says:

    THAT IS AWESOME!!!!!IT IS GREAT TO BE PART OF THAT EXCITEMENT!YAHHHHHH FOR ROANE COUNTY. PS Weston looks great too. He looks like a kid who is having fun. So proud!

  30. Vicki in So. CA says:

    Go Weston. :shimmy: Go Weston. :shimmy: Go Weston. :shimmy:
    Glad you got home safe and sound, mom. What an exciting day! Hope the next game is a win, too!

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