...and then some more.
With less than 30 seconds left on the clock, it's clear the Silverbacks have pulled out a victory.
When a football team with the name Virginia Silverbacks hits the
field, you might expect to see a bunch of macho guys living up to
their animal kingdom namesake, flaunting their strength, agility
and aggression. You'd be right, but then you might also be
surprised at the colors worn by those same tough guys on this game
day: black, silver and– pink? Pink socks and pink tape around
ankles, knees and elbows. If it's incongruous, it's for a good
"It's for breast cancer awareness," explains Silverbacks Head
Coach Randy Jones, a burly, bearded 57-year-old who's dealing with
a case of pre-game jitters an hour before kick-off on Saturday,
September 17. As amped-up music blares over the speakers, he's
pacing near the Monticello High School bleachers with his
ball-cap-covered head down and arms crossed tight.
To thumping hip-hop, then Metallica's "Enter Sandman," the team
runs warm-up drills on the field and periodically shouts in unison,
working themselves up for what promises to be a hard-hitting game
against the Virginia Ravens, the Richmond-based team that beat the
Silverbacks in their first match-up in July.
Despite that earlier loss, Jones says, he has confidence in his
team tonight, and he notes the team's three defeats this season
followed injuries to multiple starters.
"We lost 10 in one game," he says. Most of those players are
back in action tonight, and Jones expects to take the Ravens by
"They're a go...