Covering a football game is a strenuous process. You are tracking a lot of things at one time such as who has the ball, how many yards they gained, and other things. In the information obtaining process, spotters and other people in the box are benficial in obtaining accuracy, which will be of aid to making sure that you, as a writer and reporter when the story comes to print.
Key people to interview as a reporter are coaches for both sides and players from the local end or the visiting end if needed for a particular story
Added things needed in covering football are a extensive running box for the web. This extra take includes a scoring summary with how much time was left on the clock when the score occurred, teams stats on things such as first downs, yardage on the ground, in the air and penalties and turnovers, and individual stats.
Here's a basic image of one styling a writer could go with in the process of note taking for a football game.
Legend for reading notes:
-# - the ball is on the offensive team's side of the 50 yard line
+# - the ball is on the opposite side of the 50 yard line and the offensive team is preparing to score
1 10 - first and ten. numbers change due to down and yardage to go as the game goes along
#R - that player is running the football
#P - the player is throwing the ball. if a number is circled, the player caught the ball, completing the pass.
inc. - incomplete pass
FG - field goal
car - carries
yd. - yards total