Problem 1 is the lack of developmental youth soccer programs in Baltimore City. Ask any of the good kickers in this state, of which there were a good amount this year (Adam Greene, Broadneck-Maryland, Ben Priddy, Severn-Georgetown, Jake Ryder, Sherwood-Towson), and I bet they'll tell you that they at least split time if not played more soccer than football growing up. There aren't many City high schools with boys soccer, so there is no demand for the youth programs to feed them. If you're going to be a "soccer-style" kicker, it's pretty beneficial for you to play soccer.
Problem 2 is some of the youth football coaches. These coaches either lack the technical skill to instruct kickers or dismiss the kicking game totally. I don't think you'll find many kickers on the Pop Warner fields in the City, while I've seen rural youth 8th grade teams with kickers who were good from 40+. Some youth coaches are so focused on winning that they don't want to take the risk of developing a kicker because he might miss some extra points that cost them games.
Problem 3 is single-sport specialization. Too many kids are getting pigeon-holed into sports at too young of an age. I'm sure there's plenty of kids in the Baltimore Bays program who could be All-Metro kickers. Cap Proklemba from McDonogh is a good example of this, a good soccer player for three years who decides to try kicking for the football team as well as playing soccer his senior year. Has a great year and gives up soccer, going to Temple to kick and play baseball and getting some looks from the Arena League post-collegiately.
Problem 4 is the stigma of being a "kicker". I believe this discourages some kids with genuine talent from trying out for kicker because they don't want to be seen as "just a kicker". I think this is especially a problem for some African-American youth who see kickers as either an "un-cool" or a "white" position. There is a huge lack of African-American kickers at the collegiate and pro levels. I can think of 1 off the top of my head: Justin Metlock, who kicked at UCLA and had a brief stint with the Chiefs. There's no other position in football except for CB with such a huge disparity.
But in the Catoctin case you cite, I'm not so sure the players gave up like you say BS. They still had a shot to make the playoffs from what I recall and to somewhat start over albeit with road play instead of home field advantage. Catoctin even went on to a couple good wins and maybe blow out wins after the forfeit disclosure so they weren't all that distraught and gave in like you say. But they had some ending season dates with MIDDLETOWN who went on to the title game that year and playoff team BRUNSWICK and to me, these teams had more to do with Catoctin not making the playoffs then the team quiting as you're stating BS. Catoctin's loss was on the field and not in their lack of will as you are trying to paint it. Catoctin had every reason to fight like there was no tomorrow because that was the case for them. They were just beaten on the field where things should be decided.
Undisciplined, no special team, low football IQ, poorly coached, hotdogging Dunbar went on to win another title that season... Damn!
If two teams have kickers and they use them for all extra points then I think it's a wash. They negate each other in an otherwise evenly matched game. But if one team has and use an extra point kicker but the other team uses the 2-point route, then would extra pressure be bought to the kicking team? That is, if the 2pt conversion team was only successful half of the time, then each team scoring say 2 TDs would then just be even if the kicker team made both their kicks and the 2-pt conversion team made but 1 of 2 succesful attempts. But if the 2-pt conversion team is successful on both attempts, then they would be up by 2-points scoring 2 TDs. Now keep in mind this is high school football where teams who just cross the 50-yard line is more likely to go for it on 4th and very short even with a good kicker since the odds of making 2 or 3 yards for a first down in high school is much better than not as opposed to in the college or the pro ranks. So the odds of converting 2-pointers in high school are favorable from 3-yards out thus coaches take their chances with the odds and the reward.
So yes, it very well could be the coaches game plan and not such a horrible game plan to me to opt for 2. Dunbar could think their 2-pt is unstoppable. Is it Dunbar I'm thinking about who often line up two TEs with a single wideout and on the snap the wideout fades and the TEs cross or the non-wideout side TE just goes to the back middle of the end zone and park while the other TE goes completely across to the opposite back corner. The QB rolls out in an option to keep or toss back side against the grain of the defensive flow or toss to the TE flow with along the back of the end zone or the QB just keeps if the defense does not come up to stop him? I don't know about unstoppable but I thought this 2-pointer scheme was most effective and well worth the risk that really put the pressure on other teams even if they scored and had a good kick since they were still down. It's like a darn good basketball 3-pointer. When they are on they can be a back breaker. Now what I would like is a price to pay for attempting a 2-pointer. That is, if the ball is intercepted or fumbled then the defense should be able to return it for two points rather than just a failed played.
But I like the 2-pointer route in high school. What is more important than an extra point kicker to me is someone who can consistently put kickoffs into the end zone. A strong leg rather than an accurate leg is what I talking about. To me. it's a daunting task in high school to go 80 yards to score. But most high school kickers, even your trained soccer kickers, put the ball on the 5 and 10 or even 15-yard line with teams returning the kicks to the 30, 35, and 40 yard line.
What I said is the talent they play is inferior. Open your eyes and read buddy.
By the way, Austin was probably the most dynamic HS player I have ever seen, but tha doesnt mean that he did not play against inferior talent.
OLI, if 1A is inferior because Dunbar has superior talent and dominated the classification then the MIAA-A is inferior because Gilman has the superior talent and dominates that league. Would you call the MIAA-A inferior? Again, take your time and think about it before you answer.
Can you tell me NT's record last season against non-inferior 1A teams last year if they played any non-inferior 1A teams?
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