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  1. Question asked and answered. The reporter, and most likely the newspaper, knew beforehand the wildfire this story would start. "Journalism" these days.......
  2. Amen. When my oldest was a freshman IIRC, our varsity had probably the best offense in the school's 11-man history. To me, the textbook definition of a perfectly balanced offense or close as you can get with a small school team. We would force the ground n' pound teams to commit to the run then burn them in the air. They found out long, clock-eating drives got them nowhere when suddenly down by 3-4 TD's mid-2nd quarter. In fact, the ball control worked against them as it took them so long to score, they didn't have time to pull even with us. Some of these teams only had a handful of passing plays that they worked on sparingly. By halftime, the game was basically over.
  3. Comments are spot on. I always thought of Baker Mayfield as a "lite" version of Johnny Football. Not quite as extreme in his conduct, or having the same bad decision making ability, but still the same type of guy. But back to the RPO topic......
  4. According to Maxpreps the top five states with the most top-500 football recruits: Florida, Texas, Georgia, California & Alabama. That's just one source, there are many more. I'm sure Texas would make just about anyone's top 5 list for hs recruits. If they're that high they must not be the only ones playing "7 on 7".
  5. When I read the 66-57 score comment, I initially thought DT was referring to 6-man! With two boys playing Texas high school football from 2012-2017 my personal recollection of game scores is closer to the 39-16 than 66-57. I don't have the time right now to research data, but I can only remember a couple games where it looked like neither team was playing defense. I'd say generally, most games the score differential was in the 3 to 21 point range. Typically in games where someone scored high 40's or more (mostly us thank goodness, lol) the other team would only score maybe 14 max against the winners subs. Those games were the exception, not the norm. When my oldest was an underclassman we still played a fair amount of teams, I'd say six or seven, that were "3 yards and a cloud of dust" offenses. We had a handful of local teams and would face another one to three in playoffs that kept it on the ground. This is for 2A ball, the smallest classification in TX playing 11-man, so take that into consideration. By the time my youngest was a senior, I'd say through 13 games (10 reg season, 3 rounds post) we faced three teams total that favored the run, and only two of them ran from what we would call traditional formations. So yes, overall the majority of our opponents ran some version of RPO. We even used that scheme more often towards the end of my time watching hs ball. Started out as a spread team, that was balanced run/pass, and over time began adding options for the QB. The hs game has definitely morphed in just the time I was watching my kids play. Personally, I think both extremes are very boring. I prefer a balanced, or close to, game.
  6. Back in the dark ages when I played, it was called ringing someone's bell. It was highly encouraged to pop a guy like that if you could, in fact, if you had a chance to "knock him into the bleachers" and you didn't, you might have got chewed out a little for not taking the shot at him. Been on both ends of hits like that. I remember our starting running backs coming up at an angle if the tackler was not low enough and put those shoulder pads between his pads and helmet (basically hitting defender on chin strap/facemask). Saw many necks snap back, many helmets come off and even guys lifted off the ground. It used to be a brutal sport. Looking back I'm really surprised more people didn't get hurt, or seriously injured, than did. In more recent times (i.e. my sons playing days) I thought we had swung too far the other way, basically overcompensating, and were "wussifying" the sport. I also thought the lack of reps would result in more injuries due to bad form. I am re-thinking that however especially watching my youngest's last couple years (OLB/RB @ 2A school so plenty of chances to both tackle and be tackled). I think they're getting it right and some of the new techniques focused more on bring a guy down than "cleaning out the cobwebs" results in the same net outcome but with somewhat less chance of injury. If they can do reps with dummys or other means and figure it out, I'm all for it.
  7. I'm sure the right attorney or law firm could have a field day with this, as well they should. There is so much that was mis-handled here it makes my head spin. Be interesting to see how this plays out. Unfortunately no punishment or settlement will ever erase those events for that poor young man.
  8. Hope Lutheran's team isn't looking looking ahead like some of the fans are lol. Agree 100% with you regarding post season home games.
  9. Within any given classification, moving schools up that that win a lot and moving down schools that lose a lot makes no sense to me. Like others here have said you're punishing success and rewarding failure. If you can't beat the school you're lining up against, get better. Best team wins. Period. It's life, get used to it. Coddling bad teams & punishing good teams. I call BS on that. I know, I know I'm a mean old man. So get off my lawn lol.
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