Early Saturday morning Quarterback
Revised on: 10.8.2018 at 07:28 p.m.
Posted on: 10.6.2018 at 12:18 a.m.
Four blowouts and an escape by the hair on my chinny chin chin were the results of Friday night Three Rivers Conference football action.
- Whiteville dominated West Bladen 48-0. It could have been worse, but Whiteville seemed to lose a little focus in the second quarter after going up 35-0. That isn’t a criticism. It is extremely difficult to get players to focus for four quarters under the best conditions. A big lead on a hot night aren’t optimal for concentration.
- Showing good sportsmanship, the Wolfpack took a knee four times after having first and goal on the Knights 1-yard line with approximately two minutes left on a running clock. Here’s my question. Once you tell the official you are taking a knee, he informs the defense and they aren’t allowed to attack. The center snaps the ball to the QB and he takes a knee. Why penalize the quarterback statistically? Just go ahead and end the game if the offense can consume the remaining time by kneeling. Ty Anderson rushed four times for minus four yards because the ball had to be snapped. Before you say ending the game prematurely isn’t football, neither is a running clock!
- East Columbus got off to a fast start against South Columbus. The Gators had the ball and were driving, trailing 7-6 in the first quarter. A mishandled pitch out resulted in a turnover and South Columbus took advantage and turned the game into a 49-6 rout. I think the key for East Columbus success in the next couple of years is to continue to play hard against the better 2A teams and then only focus on what they did well, forgetting the rest. If the Gators remain positive there is enough talent who can develop into a good 1A squad if they stay with it!
- With the TRC football schedule shaken up due to Hurricane Florence, South Columbus finds itself in a unique somewhat situation. The Stallions hold wins over contenders Red Springs and St. Pauls in their first two league games. With the East Bladen game moved to the extra week at the end of the regular season, South closes with Whiteville and East Bladen. I mean no disrespect to the teams between those pairs of contests, but it will be interesting to see if the Stallions can maintain an edge.
- Are the coaches of the upper tier teams concerned about not having to play 48 minutes of meaningful football sometimes for consecutive weeks? No matter how hard you practice it is impossible to duplicate the conditions you play under on Friday night. Just the adrenaline rush the players feel prior to kickoff takes a toll.
- If I was coaching a football team, I would want West Bladen quarterback Tyre Boykin on my side! Boykin can run, throw and is a competitor. Now, I’m not saying I would trade him straight up for Ty Moss because we know what Moss can do in the Wolfpack offense. However Boykin has the skill set, that in a similar situation, to put up big numbers.
- If I knew the answer to the West Columbus football woes, I could write a book and get rich instead of this article. I will continue to say I respect everyone from players to adults who are trying to right the Vikings football ship. They lost 56-6 to a very athletic St. Pauls team.
- It was no surprise for Red Springs to down South Robeson 56 to 6. That was my palindrome game. See.. if you write it out as RS @ SR, then it is the same forward and backward!
- I’m sure everyone that plays Fairmont from this point will point out East Bladen narrowly squeaked by the Golden Tornadoes 28-27 after leading 28-7. Does anyone know why Fairmont is the GOLDEN Tornadoes and not just Tornadoes? Tulsa is the Golden Hurricane. I agree after Florence that one is enough and plural is unnecessary. Brevard College are the Tornados.
- I’ll leave you with this fact. Brevard College has won three national championships in …………………… wait for it……. Mountain Biking (2007, 2010, 2012)