Two weeks ago, the team played really well together. They took on the Stallions, who were able to field a full team with a few kids on the bench.
The kids marched the ball up and down the field, executed, and did all the things they were supposed to do, and it showed in the final score - 25 – 0.
Last week they played the dreaded Raiders, and fared not nearly so well. Blocking broke down, tackling was bad, they had trouble holding on to the football, nothing went well. They were down 40 – 0 in the final seconds, and the one bright spot in the day happened: James broke free, cut back across the grain, and outran the defense to the goal line for their only score of the day.
I think the kids are just plain intimidated by the Raiders. I can’t really blame them, given all the things going on over there, but our kids are better than they showed. They have the stuff to beat the Raiders, I’ve seen it.
Last night’s practice and today’s game were nixed for weather, and the final game of the regular season will be Monday night at 6, against the Redskins.
But James is once again a tight end. Without warning, our original quarterback showed up on Thursday, and coach put him back under center. I’m more than a little pissed about that. Yes, he has more experience than James as quarterback, though his arm is neither more accurate nor stronger than James’. Yes, James is a better receiver than he is, and yes, the team has a better profile with him under center and James on the end. They do in fact have a better chance to win this way. BUT.
BUT, he was injured before the first game, and we’ve seen hide nor hair of him since.
BUT, while other kids who are sick or injured show up at practice and watch and learn, OQB (original quarterback) has not been to practice since getting hurt.
BUT, James earned that spot by busting his ass and learning it. He worked hard to get it, and impressed everyone with his ability to make plays from there, throwing, scrambling, and running.
BUT, James has led this team through thick and thin, been to every game, early to every practice so he could throw the ball and get more passes in.
BUT, while he was “injured” OQB was over practicing and playing for the middle school.
Incidentally enough, the final game for the middle school was Wednesday night. On Thursday night OQB shows up for his first practice since his “injury”.
Now, I’m not a psycho little league parent, so I won’t be screaming at the coach about the unfairness of it, and up until this I was pretty impressed with the lessons the coach was teaching the kids about fairness and sportsmanship. This is his first go at coaching, so he’s learning too. James will be too old to play for this league next year, so he’ll be trying out for the high school JV squad, just so y’know. In the off season, we’ll be working for him to earn a spot over there. I’ve no doubts he’ll make that team. I’ve talked with him about the whole switch at QB, let him know I understood why he’s feeling screwed, and reminded him that there are 13 other kids on the field that are depending on him to do his best at whatever position he plays. I think he gets it.
But it’s still raw.