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By JAMIE PARSELL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD — Moms know best during football season. They pack meals, clean helmets, wash uniforms and load the van. Jessica Mounts of Bluefield runs through plays with her sons Nate, 11, and Eli, 8, on the way to their games. Both boys play for the Minutemen. Nate plays running back and back-up quarterback. On defense, he is the cornerback for the Midget League. Her younger son, Eli, plays running back and safety for the Pee-Wee league.
According to Mounts, Nate’s desire to play football three years ago caught her and husband Daniel off guard.
“He wasn’t an aggressive kid,” she said. “He didn’t even like physical contact at first.”
But during the first year, Mounts saw a change in her son.
“I saw how well he was doing at football and the coaches were really into the games. They were so good with the kids and they were pumped up and they got the parents pumped up too.”
Mounts admits she became a football mom.
“I have loved football since junior high so I already had the football in me,” she said, reflecting on her days at Bluefield High School.
She loves late August and September and enjoys watching her sons on the field. She has even started incorporating her love of Minutemen football at the local nail salon. Trendy nails — with glittery designs and fun colors — is one way Mounts and other moms show their pride.
“I always try to do maroon and silver because its the Beavers colors and the Minutemen. I do a football scene in late August and Sept. Right now, I have a football design. Sometimes I will do their number,” she said.
Mounts also has a parent jersey. Hers is a bit flashier with a few rhinestones.