Sports keep the Dobsons on the go

Like a lot of families, the Dobsons spent most of their Saturday
watching
football.

But the Dobsons weren’t sitting home on the couch watching their
favorite
college teams on TV; instead they
spent the day at Ravsten Stadium watching the fifth-, sixth-,
seventh- and eighth-grade championship games of the Upper Valley
Grid Kid Youth
Football League.

“”We love it,”” Holly Dobson said. “”We live for this.””

Holly and her husband, Justin, had sons playing in the three of
the four championship games.

“”They love team sports,”” Holly said. “”They love being able to
spend time with their buddies.

“”During
football season, when they’re not
practicing or playing in a game, they’re playing
football against each other in the
backyard.””

Teams from Sandcreek South – including the three teams the
Dobson boys play for – played for the title in all four
divisions.

Nine-year-old Tyson played in the day’s first game at 9 a.m.

At 10:45 a.m., 11-year-old Coleson took the field for the
sixth-grade championship.

Both Tyson and Coleson attend Woodland Hills Elementary
School.

The final championship game, which started at 2:15 p.m.,
featured 13-year-old Wilson, an eighth-grader at Sandcreek Middle
School.

Saturday’s games were the culmination of a season that started
in August. The Dobsons’ teams each played six regular season games,
two playoff games and the championship. When you add up all the
trips to and from practice as well as to games as far away as
Rexburg and Ashton, Holly and Justin rack up a lot of miles on the
family vehicles.

“”Sometimes we feel a little like taxi drivers,”” Holly said.
“”Sometimes we have to split up in order to get everybody where
they need to go.””

But as much as the season keeps the Dobsons running ragged,
football is also a uniting force for
the family.

The boys’ older brother, Brycen Blackburn, was a standout
defensive back on Hillcrest High School’s 2008 state championship
team. Blackburn died in an auto accident Sept. 20, 2009.

“”It’s been a tough year for the family,”” Holly said. “”But
football helps us feel close to
Brycen. It’s what he loved.””

While Holly, a self-described “”proud mom,”” was pleased that
her boys’
football teams were able to play for
the league titles, she said she’s more proud that her sons do well
in school and that they demonstrate good sportsmanship. She said
the family has a strong religious faith and that the boys follow
the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ competitor’s creed.

“”We thank God for blessing our kids with their abilities,”” she
said. “”Our faith has helped us a lot with what we’ve been through
in the last year.””

Today, the Dobsons will enjoy a day of worship and rest.

But just one day. Hockey practice starts Monday and all three
boys play on traveling teams.

Justin said he’s more than glad to keep shuttling the boys to
practice and games throughout the winter months.

“”You only get to raise them once,”” he said.