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  1. There is No Transitive property in football.
  2. Francis Scott Key in Carroll County has started out 3-0. 1st time in about 15 years.
  3. I haven't seen Damascus, but I think Walkersville is pretty good at 2A. It could be a good game. They are strong and fast. They remind me of Urbana during their run.
  4. I think it was 1998 when OM went down to Byrd and played in a state championship with a squad of about 20. I guess if you have the right 20, that is all you need. Football is hard, and it is still the ultimate team sport. My dad wanted me to play football because you had to put the team first. I have been coaching for 30 years, and the biggest change is that kids would rather start for an 0-10 team then be a role player for a 10-0 team. I am more important than the team. I have coached an 0-10 team before, and those kids have many fond memories of what it was like to "man up" and battle every week when the odds were against them. They learned how stay the course. I believe they are better people for it.
  5. Does anyone know the outcome of the meeting? Is Centennial having football this year? or is this all speculation?
  6. 2A West- Ouch -2 defending 14-0 state champions 7 teams with 8 or more wins in 2016 6 combined state champions since 2011 26 combine state championships overall Century 8-3 in 2016, 14-6 past two seasons Liberty 9-2 in 2016, 24-9 past 3 seasons South Carroll 4-6 in 2016, 23-12 past 3 seasons Winters Mill 3-7 Middletown 9-3 (2011-2013 2A state champions) Oakdale 9-3, 25-9 over past 3 seasons Walkersville 14-0, 2016 state champions, 2015 runner up, 25-3 over past 2 years Damascus 14-0, 2015 and 2016 3A state champions, 28-0 past 2 years, 41-1 past 3 years Poolesville, 4-6 Seneca Valley 8-2, 2016, 12 time state champion Williamsport 5-5 in 2016
  7. I agree there are tremendous support systems, and coaches are committed to providing resources to student/athletes. Some athletes are so far behind, these resources are not enough. I am not saying it can't be done, it is going to take tremendous effort. If you struggle with reading and/or basic math skills, getting caught up is difficult. Throw in committment to your sport, it is easy to see how struggling students are unsuccessful. We have to stress to all our students that learning is a life long endeavor. We cannot start them to soon.
  8. Ultimately it is a person's decision to do what it takes to be successful. I can offer after school tutoring to my athletes, I can offer time to meet with teachers, I can arrange review sessions, but if a player/student isn't willing to do the work, I cannot make them learn. I can hold them accountable, if you don't do the work you don't play. Maybe you take a cellphone away, say "no" to a tournament, I had a parent take away a kids 8th grade football season. He eventually graduated from UVA, but mom shut him down to motivate him. It is hard to watch our kids be angry at us, but I'd rather have them angry at me in middle school, then watch him fail out of college. I believe we accept too many "good enough" efforts from our kids, and we don't encourage excellence in academics. Kids need to understand that grades are a reflection of who they are, just like athletics. We need to encourage student/athletes to do their best. One of my favorite Nick Sabah quotes, "How you do anything, is how you do everything."
  9. I believe that people are responsible for motivating themselves to be successful. Blaming coaches, parents, and teachers for lack of success in the classroom is not fair. I think our job as a community is to show the consequences of actions, both positive and negative. If you work hard in and out of the classroom, you will have a chance in college. Our job is to set the table, make kids want to excel in all aspects of their lives. We do that by encouraging and supporting education and athletics. You can't look at a kid at 18 and say, "You are on your own, make sure you grades are straight." We have to give them the tools from an early age. Academic success starts early, we have to change the attitude from, "It is good enough, I am eligible." To, "I am going to college, and I will be successful." Academically, we have to put kids in a place where they can compete. How many times have we seen teams play superior teams, they are just getting beat and beat up, eventually they lose their will to compete. Many just give up. We have to nurture academics like we do athletics. Some kids are gifted athletes, but struggle in the class room. How do we help them develop? Encourage them. Athletes are the key to their success, we just need to coach them in the classroom as hard as we on the field. This is just my thoughts.
  10. MOP, the only thing I would like to add, high school is too late. Get young men to buy into academics in elementary school. Academics require fundamentals just like athletics. We have to develop a joy in learning in young men. A sense of confidence in the classroom. We (parents and coaches) reclassify for athletics, hopefully we are also using that year to develop academics. Coaches encourage kids to play year round sports, lets encourage year round learning.
  11. Hebron is in. The new Varsity football coach will be Michael McCarthy, current PE teacher and head lacrosse coach.
  12. You play TO win, but play for FUN. One of the problems with everything being scheduled and officiated etc.. Winning becomes more important than having fun. If you played pick up basketball your whole life, or wiffle ball with the neighbors, you lost. You sat on the sideline until it was your turn to play again. How many times on the playground the losing team said, "Let's run it back!" You were playing because you wanted to play. Losing wasn't the end of the world. Now when you play once a week in front of your family and friends, it becomes about winning. If you don't win, you are a loser. I hate that all playing has to be done in a league setting. Not only that, if one team was blowing another team out, kids would try to balance the teams out and make them competitive. They want to play in competitive games. My football team started getting together last summer to play softball. I had nothing to do with this, the seniors just told everyone that could make it, to show up. They talked about the softball games all year. They had days where it was skills against bigs, Seniors/sophomore vs. Juniors. They would relax, have fun, cut up on each other, and wasn't a damn parent or coach anywhere near them. I wish more of this would happen.
  13. I would be ok if we could have team practices that were no contact. Make them purely install days, that is what they do in D3 football. Spring drills is non-contact, no equipment. The NCAA just adopted a no double sessions, how long until the high schools follow suit. Spring drills would be even more important to having teams prepared to run their offenses and defenses in the upcoming season.
  14. I think this is an interesting study about kids playing one sport year round. I agree with spreadball, play a different sport every season. I know tournaments in the summer are great recruiting tools for schools and kids, but I don't like to see kids going every weekend. The body and mind need a time to heal. Kids do not know how to organize and play games among themselves, so we as a society feel compelled to organize for them. I have 2 sons two years apart that have so many other options, they do not go out and play like we use to. My brother and I played catch or one on one basketball in the driveway everyday in the summer. My kids sit around until the next summer league game or 7 on 7. When is the last time you drove by public courts and saw a pickup game? Everything has to be scheduled and officiated. I am just spouting off. I think the "fun" is missing out of athletics for some of our youths. http://portcitydaily.com/2017/02/28/sports-health-study-pros-say-single-sport-athletes-more-prone-to-injury-burnout-and-hampered-recruitment/
  15. Nope. They are still sorting things out.