As I read the article on the shellacking the Bluffton High School Bobcats administered to the Battery Creek High School football team, it reminded me of a past experience in my coaching tenure. My team was a competitive team in a Catholic Youth Organization league in the Washington, D.C., area.
We had played three close games when I received a call from a coach from a nearby school. He proposed a side game, and promised his kids were similar to mine in size, skill, and number. I accepted, and we played. His players were bigger by 15 pounds as they trotted out 40 players to my 16.
They thrashed us, of course, in an overwhelming defeat. My point here is not the humbling experience, which we all should face at times in life. My boys seemed to lose their confidence and resolve as we played out the rest of our league season. It is difficult to convince a person, young or old, that he/she can get the job done afterwards.
I do not blame Coach Ken Cribb. The league administrators have the responsibility to foster fairness in their scheduling. As the opposing coach stated, "4-A schools should not play against 2-A."
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