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Wedgebuster last won the day on May 9 2019

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  1. Watched my buddies team lose a playoff game this way. Its overtime, 4th and goal from the 1/2 yard line. They line up in Gun (cause that's "what they do"), run Qb ISO and got stoned. SMH
  2. Who cares where you practice as long as its close to the school! Give me the Strength and Conditioning coach......think about the amount of time and stress that takes of an HC. Give me a weight room that's functional and can accommodate large numbers of kids so you don't need to live at school all summer to run multiple sessions. Give me enough paid coaching positions to fill out a staff properly Give me a school system that is committed to hiring teachers that coach Give me a coaches office that has room to move, is functionally set up to run a meeting, etc. Give me a community that understands what has to be asked of student athletes in order for a meaningful experience and success to have a chance to occur. The school that has more of these things is the more attractive job. People think its all about the how new and shiny things are....... Practicality, Functionality, Sustainability is where its at. Remember, Its not the climb to the top that wears you down, its the rock in your shoe!
  3. I think #6 and #7 are difficult for a young coach to control...... #6 Hire good assistants....... The job probably opened because things weren't going well. The current assistants were part of things not going well, even if they didn't always agree with the Head Coach. There is also the potential sticky situation that if your an outside hire, you probably beat 1 or more of the current assistants out for the job. Then their is the issue that in 2019, you also fight the following: less young people entering the teaching profession, more requirements on teachers make them feel like they can't coach, crazy parents that have in one way or another run potential coaches out of coaching all together, etc. Non-teachers come with their own set of issues. They might know the sport but aren't around kids at their job so they don't communicate as well or have as close of relationship to the kids as a teacher would. Their dad's that are only interested in being on staff while their kid is coming through, etc. A lot of these new coaches are "stuck" with whatever they can get for assistants. People like to say "Hire Good Assistants" like its something that everyone should be able to do. #7 Don't jump at the first job I agree with this, but only to a point. The jobs that are open usually aren't premium situations. If they are a great set up, their is likely a long term assistant that helped build that program waiting in line for the job. A young coach is almost going to have to go make a poor situation better, or wait their turn in line at great program. Which leads me to my next point. The public often heaps praise on the Coach when things go well, and kills the Coach when things go poorly. Is it the COACH that makes the JOB or the other way around? Their is no doubt that Kyle Ralph, Nick Hart, and others like them are "dial movers" but also couldn't one argue that a very average coach could have landed at NP or GS and posted winning records during the time periods where Coach Ralph and Coach Hart have posted their wild success. Lots of moving parts do into building a top tier football program, and many of them (unfortunately) are in the hands of Administration rather than the Head Coach.
  4. I think players appreciate hearing the truth from their coach. I watched the game on YouTube today......Coach Kinder was correct. They were the significantly weaker, slower team, and weren't going to win that game no matter how well they played. Probably good for the players to hear that. What he is really saying is "boys, if you want to be competitive in these types of games, we are going to have to get bigger, faster, and stronger than we are right now."
  5. Press Coverage of HS Sports is not what it once was. I think NWI Times and Region Sports does a good job compared to what we get up here.
  6. People do not realize that Time of Possession might be the number 1 stat that can consistently even games. In my opinion, New Prairie was much better than Mishawaka this year, far more than the 1 point we won by, but we only had the ball for something like 10 plays the entire 2nd half..............those Caveman run that clock on everyone. Even more devastating if you can get a turnover.
  7. We just played them, and I was impressed with (as I've been in the past) with Plymouth. From what I understand, his last son is now through the program. Would John Barron ever be interested in making a move? I would think the guy at Central is in the "drivers seat" for the job, he has done some great things there......., but Barron would be a big name. Guy knows the area, could probably dig up a staff better than someone from far away, lots of consistent success to his name, etc.
  8. That's Awesome! Huge fan of those mid 90s Nebraska Teams! Tomich, Winstrom , and all the other Rush Ends they had back then were STUDS!!!
  9. Well I'm obviously not the only one that took it that way, as Admin removed your comment.
  10. That was not how your original post came across.............
  11. Both Barron boys are GREAT HS players, and I'm saying that as an NP guy. Sad that a Plymouth fan can't back their own player.
  12. My prediction is it will be closer than people think. New Prairie -6.5 2013 was a blow out 2014 we beat them by 2 and did nothing in the 2nd half 2019......? I think Coach Barron and their staff is pretty good, they will have a good plan.
  13. I wonder if Plymouth can withstand the early onslaught of NP? The speed the physicality, the unique offense, etc. I think Plymouth will eventually settle in, but will it be 21-0 or 21-7 by the time that happens?
  14. Will it be a repeat of 2014 when it took Plymouth a half to figure NP out? If I remember right the Cougars rushed for 300 in the first half and scored 35, but our lone score in the 2nd half was a safety on the older Barron boy. Plymouth threw it all over that night to the Drudge kid, he was a STUD. Weather going to play a factor Friday?
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