The Huddle House at Hinsdale Central’s Dickerson Field lived up to its name Friday as football fans huddled inside the concession stand to wait out the rain delay that stopped the sophomore team’s season opener and postponed the varsity game.
The weather never was conducive for football with temperatures in the 90s Friday. But fans headed to the field, just the same, to cheer on their favorite team or favorite players.
Kelly and Michael Garber of Hinsdale brought their two little children in a stroller to support their nephew. Bradley Garber is the kicker on the Red Devil’s sophomore team and kicked a 30-yard field goal during the game.
“He has been doing really well,” Michael Garber said.
His 2-year-old son, Michael, chanted Bradley’s name from his stroller.
Young Michael understood he was at a football game, “because we drive by the field and see them practicing,” Kelly Garber said. As for her 14-month-old daughter Scarlett, “as long as she has water and Cheerios, she’s good.”
Larry Burda and his wife were there to cheer on their grandson Doug Kramer, a left tackle and defensive end on the sophomore team.
“We are fortunate enough to have seven grandchildren,” he said. “We make the circuit and try to get to as many of their activities as we can.”
Of all the grandchildren’s activities, Burda, a retired educator and a retired coach who lives in La Grange, said football and baseball are his favorite to watch.
Several relatives from out-of-town were happy to include a high school football game in their visit.
Dorothy Oberneyer of Naples, Fla., attended the game with her sister to cheer their son, Christopher Schaber, a freshman on the sophomore team’s offensive line.
The heat and high humidity at the start of the game did not bother the Floridian.
“I feel right at home,” she said. “And they are winning which is good.”
A short time later, the game announcer said lightning was in the area, and everyone had to evacuate the stands and go to the concession stand or the fieldhouse.
Doug and Gail Huth were loaded with camera equipment to photograph their grandson, Brad Huth of Hinsdale, as they waited inside.
The Huths drove from their home near Cleveland, Ohio, to see Brad, who is one of only two freshmen on the sophomore team, the Huths said.
The Huths are football fans, “as much as you can be with the Cleveland Browns,” said Doug Huth, although he noted the Browns just beat the Chicago Bears.
Fifteen members of Hinsdale Central’s Ambassador Club, which helps new students at Central get acclimated to their new school, accompanied six new students to the football games. They volunteered to work in the concession stand during the sophomore game and planned to watch the varsity game together.
Caroline Clifton, a junior, who moved to Hinsdale this year from Texas, said it has been very helpful to have the students help her find her classes and make friends. She was happy to help out in the concession stand, too, and as for attending the football game, that’s what everybody does in Texas, she said.