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  1. 8 points
    Most of us who have coached at any level have most likely been there at one point or another very light and funny comedian John Christ says what most struggling FB coaches are thinking Its been tossed all around social media if you haven't seen it take a min and watch pretty funny stuff!
  2. 3 points
    I can assure you that our staff is included in many aspects of our athletes lives outside of football. I will not go into the things each of us does to ensure that our players know we love and care about them, but I assure you they know. Each of us is very involved with our kids off the field as well as on. Again, when we say we are family here, it is not just a saying. I'm also not saying there is not a place for yelling and getting after it, but for anyone to say that because you get excited for your players and show emotion creates a "Bro" culture is just silly. Coaching for me is very personal, and I try to coach other peoples children as I want my sons coached. I want them pushed outside of their comfort zones constantly, physically and mentally so they can discover what their best is. (This is the essence of great coaching) I want them held accountable when their effort or focus is less then their potential. How often do we really get pushed in our daily endeavors to find out what we are truly capable of? However, I think we can challenge and prod a lot harder if kids know you care and love them. If you are going to get after them hard when they make mistakes, it only makes sense to celebrate when they do something extraordinary.
  3. 3 points
    On 5A South, Decatur Central flat out has athletes! They have been very solid all year they have 1 loss to Franklin Central in week 1 at FC, and the Flashes have shown to be a pretty darn good team (their only loss was 37-21 to Roncalli at Roncalli). Since that loss to FC the Decatur Central Hawks have been throwing up some points! Take away the Greenwood game where they only had 13 points and it has been: 41, 55, 54, 63, 63, and 49. I wouldn't be surprised to see them score 50+ against Franklin this Friday. Roncalli's loss says more about how good Decatur Central can be and doesn't mean Roncalli has been exposed as a real contender. I have been stating since the start when everyone wanted to say Cathedral would walk away with 5A since they moved down from 6A that it was an ignorant statement to say that. There are 2 teams in Cathedral's sectional that are very capable of competing with them and even beating them. Those 2 teams are Roncalli and Decatur Central. Plainfield has been inconsistent. Cathedral despite their 3-5 record which could be 3-6 or 4-5 after this Friday is still a very good football team and still a major contender. The combined records of the 5 teams they lost to are 32-3 which includes the #2 team in KY and #1 & #2 team in Ohio along with another top 10 team in Ohio. Cathedral is banged up and without a couple of players but they have 2 weeks for those players to get healthy prior to the Roncalli game. I wouldn't bank too much on getting a better perspective on Cathedral from the Center Grove game because who they have healthy in that game could be totally different than who they have healthy on Oct 27th, not to mention Center Grove is a young team that is still very good but still in a learning process. It will be interesting to see the Cathedral vs Center Grove game because Cathedral's defensive strength is without a doubt their run defense and they did an outstanding job against a terrific St. Edwards O-line and 2 headed RB's. Aside from the Irish Offense throwing some Int's that put their defense in very bad redzone spots they played one of their best games as a defense in some of the games I have seen. I haven't watched much of Columbus East, but I have no doubt the Olympians will be a contender. Looking at the North Laporte has a monster of a run game from their Tight T formation that will come in handy in these late games with weather. Michigan City is very capable too. Zionsville can score quickly and often, they just need to have more consistency from their Defense. That Pike victory looks better every week and the Eagles play some outstanding teams in the HCC. New Palestine is a group of fighters they will give any team from the North fits, I love what Coach Ralph has built at NP he is an outstanding coach.
  4. 2 points
    This is much more interesting, and fun, thread than the playoff seeding thread. Good reading & history lessons....
  5. 2 points
    Any Given Friday... No certainties in life fellas...
  6. 2 points
    Patch, First, I've read "Lead for Gods Sake." It's a great book and learning lesson for young coaches. I loved it. But you're misreading what us 'old school' coaches are saying. Raising money for cancer, blood drives, college games, etc are all great things to do with your kids. No one is going to deny that. Seriously, those things are awesome! But that tells me nothing about blurring the line between coach and 'bro.' I'm not a fist bump or flying chest bump kind of guy. I think it's rather amateur. But a head coach giving those fist and chest bumps doesn't really show that you 'care' about a kid. To me, that's more of a 'bro' thing and a kid isn't going to gain more respect from you because of those things. I had coaches who screamed and yelled and were simply the "Do as a I say and not as I do" who I hated. I also had coaches who screamed and yelled but would talk to me afterward and do other little things that meant a lot to me as a player that really showed he cared about me. When players look back today, I don't believe they're going to say, "Man, that coached loved me because he gave me a flying hip bump after I scored all my TD's." It's those other little things that will make a difference to the kid.
  7. 2 points
    Whats up with all the downvotes by XStar? Were you not loved enough as a child?
  8. 2 points
    Too many people are only familiar with our old cluster system and that's why they are unwilling to change. I think in a format that cuts the field in half using a rating system that calculated more than simply wins and losses could effectively keep conferences intact and scheduling up or down to either a) pad wins or b) improve your SOS wouldn't come into play like you think. Sure there would be controversy over a 4-5 team with a tougher SOS getting in over a 5-4 team playing a weaker SOS but it weeds out the majority of teams who have no business playing in a playoff game to begin with and it not only minimizes first round blowouts but also improves and makes for more exciting sectional play.
  9. 2 points
    I've chimed in on this debate numerous times over the years. @Footballking16, you will have to understand that for people who have not experienced the qualifier/seeded tournament, they do not understand and are fearful of such a change. I was the same way. I grew up and played and coached in Indiana until I got into teaching and took a job in Kentucky. Having experienced the Kentucky format, it was quite an adjustment when I came back to Indiana. I really like the setup over there and wish we could do the same. I believe it is the balance that people in this state are looking for. However, it will never happen. Here's why; conferences. They do not exist in Kentucky. They play in districts that are arranged by 1) enrollment and 2) location. It would essentially be our sectional alignments. If we were to do it, that'd be the clear solution. Split the sectionals in two to make 4 team districts. You are required to play the three opposing teams in your district and the rest of your schedule is open. The thing is, for most sectionals, they are primarily conference opponents any way. Scheduling flexibility is great, as you can schedule what your program needs. Trying to build? Schedule some wins. Taking the next step? Schedule some tough games. The playoffs are determined based on placement in your district. First place is a 1 seed, second is 2. In the first round, you match up with an opposing district. Seed 1 from district 1 plays seed 4 from district 2. It's all pretty cut and dry - there are no formulas. You finish where you finish. Nearly everyone in the state makes the playoffs. They have approximately 220 teams playing but there is no reason it wouldn't work with our current set up here. Like I said, people who haven't experienced it can't understand. We can talk about the regular season games meaning more. And they do. You have no idea how awesome the game was we played our cross county rival for the district title week 9. I've never experienced an atmosphere like that in 15 years in Indiana. It was significant because not only did you want to be district champs, but you also wanted the best draw in the tournament. Indiana does not have those incentives. And it does change the games. I assure you. Unfortunately, Indiana is far too traditional to make any large scale changes, especially when it impacts the concept of the conference. I am all in for the Kentucky format and will always be a proponent, while understanding the realities. In the mean time, we'll cheer on for high school football in Indiana, as regardless of how it is set up and played out, it is an awesome game.
  10. 2 points
    Not that it has anything to do with Indiana stadiums, but before I got more active on the GID, I would browse Google Maps/Satellite for the fun of it while I had down time at work. Was browsing Barrow Alaska (3 miles south of the Northernmost point in the US) one day and discovered this gem on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. I am curious what Elkhart Schools are going to be doing in 2 or 3 years when Central/Memorial go back to 1 High School again....Memorial has a newer stadium, while Central has Rice Field
  11. 2 points
    @Coach Nowlin I actually meant the punt that got returned for TD! My first time visiting LaRocca Field - what a beautiful facility! The gentleman doing announcing was great as well! My Mom thought the Prayer was nice at the beginning too, I imagine all home LCC contests start with that?
  12. 2 points
  13. 1 point
    Dwenger at Northrop - Saints win by 30+ North at Comcordia - Concordia wins by 40+ South at Homestead - Homestead by 50+ Wayne at Carroll - Carroll by 20+ Snider at Luers - Snider by 10+
  14. 1 point
    No. But I like his style!
  15. 1 point
    I'm sure everyone here is very impressed with the extra curricular activities you and your ballclub perform for the community at large. That's not the issue. Coaches need to draw the line between "coach" and "bro" with their players. That line has been breached. It's unprofessional behavior. All those with a modicum of maturity can see that.
  16. 1 point
    A fist bump is not in any way different than a pat on the back or helmet. No one would argue that a coach patting a player on the back is "bro culture". If you're going to coach them hard during the week at practice (old school I guess??), you dang sure better find a way to celebrate their success and effort during the game on a Friday night. It's an investment and withdrawal thing. Hand shake, fist bump, pat on the back, bear hug, it's all the same. It's not about "bro" anything.
  17. 1 point
    I'm an old school Fairmount guy always pulled for MG and whoever was playing Marion.
  18. 1 point
    Watching young Mr. Trubsiky start his first NFL game Monday night I found it interesting when one of the announcers say that he had to learn to take the snap under center, that his entire high school and college career was in some kind of spread/shotgun system. *smh* Where has real football gone?
  19. 1 point
    I'm with you 100%. Living in TX the past 11 years, who has what looks like a similar system to KY, I much prefer that over the all-in.
  20. 1 point
    I know the Brickie Bowl has a TON of great stories and memories, but to look at it, it was a dump!
  21. 1 point
    Avon Junior RB Sampson James (1,053 yards, 13TDs) picked up offers from Cincinnati and Minnesota to go along with his IU offer over the weekend. Added Iowa yesterday to the list yesterday 10/12
  22. 1 point
    Warsaw plays at home against Chesterton (3-5, 1-5 in the Duneland Conference). And after his 13 carry, 130 yard, 2 TD game against Columbia City in the opener... you are correct. In my opinion (just per my observations) it seemed to be due to two reasons. First, as I stated previously, I believe it has just taken both he (first year playing QB since I think 8th grade) and the coaching staff a little longer to get used to the new spread rushing attack (vs. the spread passing attack they've employed over the last 3 years). Second, the Plymouth and Northridge defenses mostly took away any efforts the Tigers made running the ball all night. He did get 80+ yards against East Noble (13 carries, 87 yards) and Goshen (14 carries, 80 yards, 1 TD). The entire offense was out of whack in that game up at Elkhart.
  23. 1 point
    Hey that was Tom Crean's thing though don't get me wrong I'm glad to see IU guys succeeding in the NBA , but I would much rather have had a program known for being a consistent Big 10 title contender and a possible final 4 contender and had at least 1 trip in his 9 years (especially with the talent they had in 2011). Agree I am 100% bias and that makes watching them win THAT much better to quote Lil Wayne "This a'int a dis song .....I just love my team"
  24. 1 point
    I wouldn't sleep on Concord out of the North either, their 1 loss was to 4A #2 Northridge by a touchdown last week. I could see them regrouping, easily winning their sectionals, and battling well with Laporte/Michigan City at Regionals, with a real shot at winning. They play a strong conference schedule that should prepare them well for late October/November football.
  25. 1 point
  26. 1 point
    And the problem with comparing Indiana with other States with qualifier playoffs is that other States have dramatically different needs than Indiana. The NIAA has members in California and Arizona. Two conference rivals in my part of the desert, Lincoln County and Needles, are 277 miles away from each other. One of the NIAA members, Spring Mountain, is a boarding school for youth criminals. Our needs aren't the same as Indiana. Hell, my school district's elevation range is more than all of Indiana's!
  27. 1 point
    The new Hobart High has a beautiful field, which they call “The Brickyard.” As for the old Brickie Bowl, the day the bulldozers come for it, I’ll be sitting in a lawn chair up on the railroad track cheering them on.
  28. 1 point
    BTW, North Posey's field was named Joe Gengelbach Field at our first game this year.
  29. 1 point
    Zach Riley is a fantastic player to watch. With all due respect to Tristan Larsh, IMO Riley is their MVP this season for everything he does. The kid never comes off the field. He plays receiver (and has stepped up since Trevor York started battling injuries), starts at corner (awesome matchup all night long with DeAndre Smart from NorthWood. Really loved watching both of them line up against each other on both sides of the ball) and returns punts and kickoffs for the Tigers. For the season he has 26 receptions for 300 yards and 3 TDs, but 18 of those catches have come in the last 4 games. One of my favorite Tiger basketball players for Coach Ogle's squad as well. Not because he's the best basketball player, but he plays hard with 100% effort, and you KNOW he wants to win not just every game, but EVERY play. Okay, I'll stop my gushing now. Not sure what more you could want from Tristan Larsh on the ground. The Tiger coaching staff has certainly been feeding him... Larsh's last two games: Wawasee: 28 carries / 197 yards / 3 TDs / 5-9 passing / 67 yards / 2 TDs / 1 INT NorthWood: 29 carries / 131 yards / 2 TDs / 8-15 passing / 84 yards / 1 TD / 1 INT I agree through the Northridge game, he was only averaging 12 carries, but I believe part of that was just he AND the coaching staff still getting familiar with the offensive gameplan, etc.
  30. 1 point
    Also sectional teams have changed, Dwenger was in the same as Northridge for years.... not sure who else changed
  31. 1 point
    The old cluster system would have had Cathedral playing Indiana teams in deterministic contests that were measurable against a group of common opponents. I did, but I didn't put much thought or care into it. This happens in all playoff systems, whether qualifier or not.
  32. 1 point
    So now you are moving on to a third argument to support your idea, since the other two aren't holding water. It's not to make the season more important. It's not to eliminate blowouts. Now it's to get closer games as you move on in the playoffs. :-) So you would suggest that Knox, who is a 3A team in an otherwise 1A conference, should be rewarded for winning their conference by being seeded #1 in their 3A sectional?
  33. 1 point
    Well, as you and others have stated, the current system renders the entire regular season irrelevant, but I would argue that most players, coaches, parents, and others closely involved in football on a daily basis find the regular season anything but meaningless. I was just wondering where the meaning is for you.
  34. 1 point
    Thank you. If your argument is more regular season excitement due to qualifying, then you must apply it to all sports, regardless of the type of sport or effect of one or two players. If your argument is elimination of blowout games, it is a totally different discussion. I haven't been able to tell exactly what your bottom line reason is. If it's eliminating blowouts, I offer this: Pioneer (#1 team in 1A) has already beaten the numbers 20, 21, 22 & 25 teams in 1A by a combined score of 219-15. That's an average 51 point margin. So what do you suppose the score will be if Pioneer plays the #32 team in the first round. I suspect a blowout. If your goal is to eliminate blowouts, then maybe we should just narrow the field to the top 8 teams and go from there.
  35. 1 point
    It has hurt our national exposure so much that just about every year a team from Indiana is playing on National TV!!! If you look at the past several years there may be 4-5 states whose teams have been featured on ESPN more than Indiana. I highly doubt it is hurting our exposure. Also Indiana is in the middle of the pack of HS football players recruited by D1 programs over the last 4-5 years, and our percentage is higher than Texas, so tell me how it is hurting us on a national level??
  36. 1 point
    Watching that hurts. We had a chance to do something that no other Southridge team has ever done before. Replaying the video in slow-motion shows that he was down before the ball crossed the goal line but in real-time, it's a tough call either way for an official to make. Even if he did mark him down at the 1, there were 15 seconds to go and they would have had a first down.....would they have been able to get set and spike the ball? Would they have still scored? Maybe.....We'll never know. Even eliminating one of the pass interference calls on the final drive. I know.....it sounds like sour grapes but the officiating in that game was sub-par. Even the Evansville crew broadcasting the game made comments as to the officiating during the broadcast on air. I know, I know, there are some things we could have done differently but still.........it still really hurts.
  37. 1 point
    Clickbait. I don't like misleading the consumer.
  38. 1 point
    Really? I think the P/P's you mentioned above are the single greatest beneficiaries of our current system. Most the schools listed were independent for the longest of time and because of that could schedule and play teams above their weight without penalty since everybody makes the playoffs. Competition actually got worse in the post season if you could somehow believe that.
  39. 1 point
    Love the irony in this thread. The last time the IHSAA ran a limited football tournament (cluster system)--Brebeuf, Cathedral, Chatard, Ritter, and Scecina filed suit against the IHSAA on religious discrimination grounds because they were all put in the same sectional. 35 years later, a completely different format, and they're still griping.
  40. 1 point
    You've completely missed the point. You said bad teams don't get excited about playing sectional games. YOU ARE WRONG. In addition, playing those two games propelled our team to a winning season this year! They played their best football in those games, gained confidence and decided during the summer that they wanted to be good. Would not have happened without an all in, blind draw playoff. Based on your support of Cathedral, I surmise that you have no clue what it is like out here in rural 1A Indiana. The state is more than powerhouse Indy area schools! We like to play football out here in the boonies too! You're concerned about your potential college athletes getting to play one more game before losing to the state champ. Out here in the boonies we have other things to worry about.
  41. 1 point
    Showing excitement by fist pumping and cheering on your players, is not a "Bro Culture". You can be a leader of Young men and Grown men by creating a culture in which kids and people want to be in. It does not mean that you treat them as peers. It means they understand that you care about them and can rejoice in a moment with them, you aren't afraid to celebrate their successes. I have found in my years of coaching that I am a much better coach when they know I care, rather then when we have dictitoral type of relationship. None of this means there is not discipline and order. You all would hate watching Westfield play. We celebrate with our kids all the time. We even celebrate a turnover and try to be enthusiastic as possible at all times. We have built a team dedicated to family, service and hard work. Our numbers continue to grow from the youth leagues up. Our mission statement is to "make playing football at Westfield one of the most incredible experiences of your life." We take kids to College game, to a haunted house, we host a Special Olympics football camp, we have won the Indiana Blood Drive 3 of the last year, we have raised almost $50.000 for cancer. Oh and by the way, we won a State Championship and were runner up once. We won 4 sectionals in a row, won two regionals, won 2 semi-states. We fist bumped and chest bumped and encouraged all the way in all of these endeavors! We are in the business of building young men who will be future leaders and what a great forum football is to do that. Building leaders doesn't have to be mean and uncaring. Read the book, " Lead for Gods sake". Read, " The Energy bus". People will follow those who they know care for them and root for them. The do as I say because I am coach days are over. I for one say " Thank GOD"!
  42. 1 point
    this isn't just a coach/student relation problem, it's a parent/kid problem too....too many parents/coaches would rather be friends with their kids than the one that holds them accountable. But my statement stands, if everyone that thought this way were to sign up and coach, it would work wonders for changing this "bro" culture.
  43. 1 point
    Boy, ain't that the truth. I feel like the line between coach and player is becoming more blurry every year. Some will argue, "That's just a way to get kids motivated these days." But you can hear kids cussing with their coaches from the stands in some games. I've been around the game a long time and I just don't get it. Maybe these kids just need to get off my lawn, but I've always felt coaches are so afraid of disciplining kids to the point where they'll just ignore things that have gone on just so they don't upset the kid. It's sad to see.
  44. 1 point
    New Pal #4 (CalPreps #29/Sagarin #17) and Lowell #5 (CalPreps #36/Sagarin #45)? Center Grove at #22 (CalPreps #7/Sagarin #3)? Lafayette Jeff at #10 (CalPreps #22/Sagarin #27)...seriously? Pike (CalPreps #8/Sagarin #12) and Brownsburg (CalPreps #10/Sagarin #11) unranked? My "smell" test alone detected just how wrong this was. A word of advice to Indiana Preps. If someone is knocking on your door tomorrow........don't answer. It's the DEA - They KNOW about the drugs.
  45. 1 point
    So what you're saying is that in week 10, two teams play with one team advancing and the other team's season is over. Hmm. Sounds familiar.
  46. 1 point
    "I remain optimistic that, despite attitudes like yours, we can learn from other states and not need to reinvent the wheel. Will it be perfect? Probably not. Will it satisfy everyone? Don’t be silly. But will it be a vast improvement? " We had it, it *%#!?*ed, going to the all in was better than the cluster system when you had to qualify. Have not heard of one person who liked the old system in this state better than the new one. Can see no reason to change, many of the other states you mention also have a lot more High Schools as well meaning a longer tourney if all were in. Also be week 4 or 5 if you have been eliminated from playoff contention, and do not have a conference to play in, can not see a lot of intensity in those games either, so you can half many teams playing for nothing and their season basically being over by week 5
  47. 1 point
    We must be extremely fortunate in the SW corner of the state where "nearly" all of our games are played with a level of intensity that a playoff format will not change IMHO. Everyone REALLY wants those conference titles....to win their rivalry game....or to beat "that" team in the neighboring conference or state. I totally get the argument for a qualification playoff system, and it has several upsides. However, I do not believe and I can't be convinced it would substantially impact the "urgency" of play down here even in the slightest. That said, I understand there will be those games where a team on the bubble must win to get into the playoffs and how that could change the tone of the game....but all the before mentioned scenarios do that as well.
  48. 1 point
    Agree, especially since you can not force someone to play you so you may WANT to play all the top teams you can, but if those teams do not want to play you, what can you do? It is kind of like in the NCAA Tourney a few years ago when Illinois State was left out and the committee brought up their non conference schedule Well they were begin anyone and everyone to get a game, and no one would play them, they were even offering 2 year deals with both on the road for them, and still nothing. Basically the big schools were blocking them from getting an at large bid because they refused to play them and it hurt their SOS
  49. 1 point
    If you're talking about having teams qualify to play in the tournament, that's an entirely different discussion in my opinion and I would be open to it although it seems unlikely that they would do anything to cut into revenue. As far as seeding teams go, there is not a great way to compare teams in all of these sectionals. Particularly in the smaller classes, the sectionals can be spread out across a large area and the top few teams may have few common opponents, if any. Why reward some team and screw another based on an inexact science? Let it play out on the field. That's what it's all about. And if Roncalli or Cathedral have to go home a weekend or two early some year as a result, I can live with that. The tournament should be played to determine the best team, not set up so that the teams some people have already determined to be best have as easy a road as possible.
  50. 1 point
    I'm 32 years old. I played for KV and was most improved offense my soph year. My junior year I had 24 snaps on Varsity...due to a troubling relationship with the coaching staff. I had bad tendinitis in both feet (had fallen arches as kid and have always has issues with my feet)...but I went to see a podiatrist and he determined it was in fact tendinitis. But the head coach (who went 0-10 and was let go after one season) essentially called me out in front of my teammates for not being able to participate in most activities. My feet felt like they were as heavy as bricks and a fiery burning sensation that made running dreadfully painful. He called me "soft" and that my type of mindset was part of the problem with our team. I stood up for myself and that basically gave me a ticket for JV the whole season. In those 24 snaps on Varsity I had a sack and an INT. Horrible experience for me...since I attended weight training and really tried to prepare myself for the season. As a soph I was 5'4 133 pounds...but I sprang up to 6'1 by my junior summer and I thought I had my body primed for a breakout season. But the growth spurt must have affected my feet (I gained about 30 pounds with the growth). It was heartbreaking to have worked so hard and preparing myself...only to fall victim to my injury flaring up and then having my coach basically cast me aside. It was the toughest year of my 11 years of playing organized sports, I wasn't sure if I wanted to put myself through another year of that. But that coach was canned...several parents made it clear to the AD that he was not a coach they could support. Then KV hired Sean Tomey from Lafayette Central Catholic, and despite low numbers we all worked our tails off before my final season. I was a starting WR and a back-up DE...but by week 3 I replaced the strong side DE. I ended up being all-area 2nd team defensive end (KV Post, not the Hammond TImes, and I realize the Post only covered about 7 teams which were West Central, KV, Rensselaer, North Newton, North Judson, South Newton, Tri-County...but I don't care if it was just a small paper that made their all-area teams out of about 7-8 teams. That all-area selection meant the world to me...I finished with 5 sacks and a TFL against stud QB Doug Schultz. Offensively I was a freaking force of nature. Check these stats 1 reception for 10 yards. 5 yards were after contact and I got the first down on a 2nd and 8 from out own 42. BOOM...try topping that suckers! When I coached at KV for one year while in college...I came across an imcomplete collection of game tapes from my senior year. I snagged em since they were a few years old and not of any use to the staff. I have the River Forest, North Newton, Rensselaer, Lowell, TWin Lakes, and sectional vs SOuth Bend Washington. However the RF and TW tapes were accidentally destroyed. Pretty cool to pop in the tapes and show babes my one catch...I just rewind 18 times and by then well...this is a family friendly site. So we made oatmeal raisin cookies.
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