Sports keep the Dobsons on the go

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



But the Dobsons weren’t sitting home on the couch watching their


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.


football season, when they’re not

practicing or playing in a game, they’re playing

football against each other in the


Teams from Sandcreek South – including the three teams the

Dobson boys play for – played for the title in all four


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


The final championship game, which started at 2:15 p.m.,

featured 13-year-old Wilson, an eighth-grader at Sandcreek Middle


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.