Friday night I was close to home, recording the final football game at Taylor’s Memorial Field, where the Taylor High Ducks took on Canyon Lake in a stadium that’s been on Davis Street, by Murphy Park, for a hundred years. Dubbed the “Duck Pond” many years ago, the teams actually played their first game under the lights in 1933. My photos, for the Austin American-Statesman, are not meant to be of the action. Another photographer handled that job. The task at hand for yours truly was to document the scene, something I prefer to game action these days. The good news is that the Taylor Ducks will be moving into a brand-new stadium next year. In fact, it’s almost finished. But the Duck Pond is special to folks around here. Among the photos: several members of football squads (and a cheerleader) from the 1940s-era … parents and kids cheering on the team from the stands … halftime shows … moms of senior players with roses .. and finally, lights out after the game was over. Unfortunately, the Ducks didn’t prevail, losing to Canyon 28-14. Still, it was a grand finale. Taylor High Class of 1962 graduate Irene Michna, was feeling the sadness as she made her way off the darkened field, among the last to leave. Even though a new stadium awaits, I hope the city finds a way to keep the old one around. It has presence in our town.