Bob Daemmrich is a longtime editorial photographer based in Austin specializing in current events, social issues, national and state politics. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he's done stints with the Bryan-College Station Eagle, Austin American-Statesman, the Texas Tribune and several wire services. In between gigs he enjoys life with wife Janis between Austin and Lake Buchanan and fishing the lower Laguna Madre.
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Defending state football champion Westlake High School kicks off their season with a 53-7 win against Schertz's Clemens High School on Friday. A season like no other for athletes everywhere, COVID-19 safety precautions were taken with limited fans and social distancing in the stands and masks being worn by everyone in attendance.
Here's a look at Friday's game.
(Bob Daemmrich)<p class="caption">Coach Todd Dodge leads his team to the field, as defending 6A Division II state football champion Westlake High School hosts Schertz Clemens in their home opener Friday, Sept. 25.</p>
(Bob Daemmrich)<p>Parent Raleigh Taylor checks tickets at the entry of the Chaparral Stadium. Ticket purchase was limited to four for football parents, two for spirit parents, one for students, and two for season ticket holders and the general public. All tickets were only available online.</p>
Westlake Vs. Schertz Clemens
(Bob Daemmrich)<p>Hyline dance team parents Russ and Kristi Ray cheer their daughter Rose on as she heads to the field before the start of the game. Seating at the game was on a first-come, first-serve basis with every other row taped off for social distancing. </p>
(Bob Daemmrich)<p>The Westlake Hyline dance team wears masks in their return to the Friday night lights.</p>
(Bob Daemmrich)<p>The state champs head to the field in their first home game of the season to face the Clemens Buffalos. </p>
(Bob Daemmrich)<p>Westlake cheerleaders prepare in anticipation of the start of the game. </p>
(Bob Daemmrich)<p>Quarterback Cade Klubnik runs for yardage on his home field, working toward a win against the Buffalos. </p>
(Bob Daemmrich)<p>The Westlake band performs in the stands with some pulling their mask down and others playing through a hole in their mask. </p>
(Bob Daemmrich)<p>Students cheer as their team sweeps the field touchdown after touchdown.</p>
(Bob Daemmrich)<p>Zane Minors (20) celebrates a touchdown with teammates Luke Nicklos (19) and Jaden Greathouse (9). The Chaps rolled over Clemens, 53-7 in their first game of the Covid-shortened season. </p>