It’s amazing how sports can bring out the strongest passions for anyone who is involved.
Players, coaches and sports fanatics know the feeling well — a palpable rush which can often make the moment of a sporting event surreal.
Father (Pace coach) Mickey Lindsey and his son (Tate coach) Jay Lindsey — whose teams will face off Friday night at Pace — both know the game will create an extraordinary moment, but neither has had the time to let that thought settle in.
“I haven’t made a big deal (about coaching against Jay) to our players …. they know what it is, but I haven’t said anything to them about it,” said Mickey Lindsey, in his 40th year of coaching. “I’m not gonna pull our players into it. It’s about them anyways, it’s not about me and Jay.
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“This kind of thing doesn’t happen often in the area, if ever. So I know it’s a big deal from that aspect, but it still boils down to the guys on the field playing the game. But we’re excited.”
However once the game is finalized, whatever happens Friday night will likely create a tremendously special moment for the Lindseys.
“Right now, I’m focused on Tate High School football,” said Jay Lindsey, in his first year as Tate’s head coach. “This occasion is more of one of those where it will be special when the game is over. And 10 years from now, when you look back on the framed article … that’s when it’s special, because it’s a memory.”
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Mickey Lindsey holds a special memory of his own dating back to when his son was born.
“I was coaching at Escambia in 1985, we were in the third round of the playoffs,” Mickey Lindsey said. “It was Emmitt Smith’s junior year at Escambia. Jay was born on the Thursday night before the playoff game.”
Now in 2015, both Jay and Mickey are striving to coach their teams to this-year’s postseason.
“I hope it’s a great game, Tate will be a great challenge,” Mickey Lindsey said. “Tate has an outstanding team, they’ve got a lot of three-year starters. The are well-coached, well-disciplined and skilled. Hopefully they will help get us ready for our final two District 2-6A games.”
For the Aggies, they’ll seek to carry momentum from a District 1-6A win last week and will hope to be able to match Pace’s toughness.
“For so many years, it’s physicality that you expect whenever you play Pace,” Jay Lindsey said. “They are gonna come at you and do what they do. So you just prepare and get your kids to accept the challenge and play physical football.
“For months this game has been talked about, it’s a special occasion. But, as a football coach you keep your blinders on and have tunnel vision. I’m worried about my team and them playing right and getting them in the right position to be successful.”