2017 kicks off for Trojans and Broncos

I kicked off the 2017 season on the road with a trip down to Los Angeles to shoot my alma mater Western Michigan Broncos as they took on the USC Trojans at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The temperature was in the triple digits for most of my visit down there which made for one of the hottest games I have ever photographed. Being able to shoot a game at the Coliseum was one of those bucket list items that I have been wanting to try and do for several years and I was happy to get the opportunity to do so. It was a very cool experience. The Broncos put up a heck of a fight right up until the end, but a few big plays by USC sealed the 49-31 victory.

USC mascot "Traveler" takes the field.
USC mascot “Traveler” takes the field.
Jarvion Franklin and the Broncos take the field.
Jarvion Franklin and the Broncos take the field.
Heisman hopeful Sam Darnold warms up.
Heisman hopeful Sam Darnold warms up.
The Trojan mascot
The Trojan mascot
Flyover during the national anthem.
Flyover during the national anthem.
The WMU Broncos take the field.
The WMU Broncos take the field.
Trojan WR Steven Mitchell Jr. looks for yardage.
Trojan WR Steven Mitchell Jr. looks for yardage.
Ronald Jones II takes the ball in for the game's first score.
Ronald Jones II takes the ball in for the game’s first score.
Jarvion Franklin looks for a hole in the defense.
Jarvion Franklin looks for a hole in the defense.
Bronco QB Jon Wassink scrambles for yards.
Bronco QB Jon Wassink scrambles for yards.
WMU's Keishawn Watson is held as this pass id broken up by CB Jack Jones. Pass interference was called on the play.
WMU’s Keishawn Watson is held as this pass id broken up by CB Jack Jones. Pass interference was called on the play.
Bronco CB Sam Beal skies to break up this pass to Jalen Greene.
Bronco CB Sam Beal skies to break up this pass to Jalen Greene.
Bronco extra point attempt with the iconic Olympic flame in the background.
Bronco extra point attempt with the iconic Olympic flame in the background.
Jamauri Bogan breaks free for yardage.
Jamauri Bogan breaks free for yardage.
Trojan QB Sam Darnold fumbles the ball but it is recovered by USC.
Trojan QB Sam Darnold fumbles the ball but it is recovered by USC.
Four Broncos converge on UCS WR Deontay Burnett.
Four Broncos converge on UCS WR Deontay Burnett.
A tangle of bodies as USC TB Stephen Carr is brought down.
A tangle of bodies as USC TB Stephen Carr is brought down.
Tyler Vaughns gets brought down just short of the goal line.
Tyler Vaughns gets brought down just short of the goal line.
Bronco QB Jon Wassink launches a Hail Mary at the end of the first half...
Bronco QB Jon Wassink launches a Hail Mary at the end of the first half…
...that just misses to Donnie Ernsberger as it is broken up.
…that just misses to Donnie Ernsberger as it is broken up.
The Broncos are ready to take the field for the second half.
The Broncos are ready to take the field for the second half.
Sam Darnold launches a pass.
Sam Darnold launches a pass.
Broncos CB Darius Phillips Looks upfield after intercepting this pass.
Broncos CB Darius Phillips Looks upfield after intercepting this pass.
LeVante Bellamy signals a first down.
LeVante Bellamy signals a first down.
Jamauri Bogan breaks free for yardage.
Jamauri Bogan breaks free for yardage.
WMU Head coach Tim Lester.
WMU Head Coach Tim Lester.
Sam Beal lets out a roar after an amazing interception.
Sam Beal lets out a roar after an amazing interception.
Deontay Burnett is just out of the grasp of Stefan Claiborne.
Deontay Burnett is just out of the grasp of Stefan Claiborne.
Sam Darnold runs to the end zone for a score. Is that a Heisman pose?
Sam Darnold runs to the end zone for a score. Is that a Heisman pose?
A USC tradition is to light the Olympic Torch at the beginning of the 4th Quarter.
A USC tradition is to light the Olympic Torch at the beginning of the 4th Quarter.
USC Alumni Keyshawn Johnson.
USC Alumni Keyshawn Johnson.
A pair of Broncos wrap up Stephen Carr.
A pair of Broncos wrap up Stephen Carr.
USC's Daniel Imatorbhebhe avoids the tackle as he heads for the sideline.
USC’s Daniel Imatorbhebhe avoids the tackle as he heads for the sideline.
Stephen Carr finds a hole for a Trojan touchdown.
Stephen Carr finds a hole for a Trojan touchdown.
The Trojans celebrate after the score.
The Trojans celebrate after the score.
On the very next kickoff, WMU's Darius Phillips returns it for 100 yards and a score.
On the very next kickoff, WMU’s Darius Phillips returns it for 100 yards and a score.
Bronco fans celebrate after the touchdown.
Bronco fans celebrate after the touchdown.
Ronald Jones II breaks away for a touchdown.
Ronald Jones II breaks away for a touchdown.
Western Michigan with a successful field goal attempt.
Western Michigan with a successful field goal attempt.
Stephen Carr breaks free for a 52 yard score late in the game.
Stephen Carr breaks free for a 52 yard score late in the game.
I was one umpire away from getting a good shot of the final interception :-)
I was one umpire away from getting a good shot of the final interception 🙂
Head coaches Clay Helton and Tim Lester shake hands after a great game.
Head coaches Clay Helton and Tim Lester shake hands after a great game.
The teams congratulated each other after the game.
The teams congratulated each other after the game.
WMU Coach Tim Lester congratulates QB Sam Darnold after the game.
WMU Coach Tim Lester congratulates QB Sam Darnold after the game.
A victorious Sam Darnold leaves the field.
A victorious Sam Darnold leaves the field.

2016 kicks off!

The 2016 college football season kicked of Labor Day weekend with the 14th ranked Washington Huskies looking to do some big things this year. If Saturday was any indication, it could be an exciting year. The Huskies hosted the Rutgers Scarlet Knights from the BigTen and dominated right from the start on way to a 48-13 win. The return of speedster John Ross was a huge impact with three touchdowns in his first game since missing last season with a knee injury.

Harry and Dubs are ready to get this party started
Harry and Dubs are ready to get this party started
Joe Mathis beats his chest after a sack.
Joe Mathis beats his chest after a sack.
Chico McClatcher catches a deep ball on the first series.
Chico McClatcher catches a deep ball on the first series.
...And takes it in for the first score of the game.
…And takes it in for the first score of the game.
McClatcher and John Ross celebrate after the score.
McClatcher and John Ross celebrate after the score.
Budda Baker took a snap on the offense.
Budda Baker took a snap on the offense.
Rutgers' Jamarion Grant skies for a grab.
Rutgers’ Jamarion Grant skies for a grab.
UW's Vita Vea hits Chris Laviano and forces a fumble.
UW’s Vita Vea hits Chris Laviano and forces a fumble.
The turnover promptly turned into points as John Ross scores on a deep pass just two plays later.
The turnover promptly turned into points as John Ross scores on a deep pass just two plays later.
John Ross takes it to the house.
John Ross takes it to the house.
The Dawgs D gets to Laviano again for a sack.
The Dawgs D gets to Laviano again for a sack.
Myles Gaskin cuts around his blocker for yardage.
Myles Gaskin cuts around his blocker for yardage.
John Ross gets another deep pass right in stride for his second score of the day.
John Ross gets another deep pass right in stride for his second score of the day.
John Ross gets another deep pass right in stride for his second score of the day.
John Ross gets another deep pass right in stride for his second score of the day.
His fellow receivers mob him in the end zone in celebration.
His fellow receivers mob him in the end zone in celebration.
Ross does a little dance after his score.
Ross does a little dance after his score.
The Huskies defense was swarming all over the Scarlet Knights all dat long, picking a shutout until late in the 4th quarter.
The Huskies defense was swarming all over the Scarlet Knights all dat long, picking a shutout until late in the 4th quarter.
Darrell Daniels runs upfield as Dante Pettis tries to get out of the way.
Darrell Daniels runs upfield as Dante Pettis tries to get out of the way.
Chico McClatcher runs the ball near the goal line.
Chico McClatcher runs the ball near the goal line.
Jamarion Grant gets drilled on a hard hit after a run.
Jamarion Grant gets drilled on a hard hit after a run.
Justin Goodwin tires to get yardage after getting tripped up.
Justin Goodwin tires to get yardage after getting tripped up.
John Ross gets up to full speed as he takes this kick return all the way back for a 92 yard score. His third of the day.
John Ross gets up to full speed as he takes this kick return all the way back for a 92 yard score. His third of the day.
The UW quarterbacks with Jake Browning in the middle take a breather on the bench with beautiful Husky Stadium in the background.
The UW quarterbacks with Jake Browning in the middle take a breather on the bench with beautiful Husky Stadium in the background.
Myles Gaskin looks for a space in the Knights defense.
Myles Gaskin looks for a space in the Knights defense.
Jake Browning unloads a pass.
Jake Browning unloads a pass.
UW Safety Brandon Beaver runs back an interception almost to the end zone, but is stopped just short.
UW Safety Brandon Beaver runs back an interception almost to the end zone, but is stopped just short.
UW trips up the Scarlet Knight runner.
UW trips up the Scarlet Knight runner.
Jake Browning and John Ross wait after the game for their TV interviews.
Jake Browning and John Ross wait after the game for their TV interviews.
The team sings to the Student section after the win.
The team sings to the Student section after the win.