So I held off posting about last week’s game because I had some rather intemperate things to say about the sportsmanship of the Raiders and the style of football they’ve been taught to play. Suffice it to say I don’t care much for the way they’re being coached.
We were down 35 – 0 with a minute or two left in the fourth quarter, the team is determined that they won’t be shut out. Ball’s about on our 35 and James goes out on a crossing route. The ball gets lofted and he goes up and comes down with the precious, and hauls ass for the goal line, the other big receiver a step behind. James gets caught by three defenders on about their twenty, and he’s dragging them with him. He remembered to keep the wheels turning for all he’s worth. Finally, on about the ten, he gets spun around and is going down on his back with his head toward the goal and sees his other receiver. He flips him the ball, and they put six on the board. Final score, 35-7.
The kids really hung in, and played their best in the face of some serious crap. They didn’t get shut out, and I’d be proud of them even if they had. Good job lady and gentlemen.
On Thursday, Coach decided to appoint James starting quarterback. He’s never played QB, but he’s got the arm strength and the instinct. He just needs to learn the position. Today, we had the Redskins again. (Remember, his best friend is the starting QB for them, so this is epic story kind of ball.)
Our O-line wasn’t holding well today, but they were doing the best they could. There were several big losses where James was on a roll out, ran too far back on his way around the end, wound up on his back. There was one scary moment when he had his face smashed into the ground hard. Welcome to football, James. He sat a few plays trying to clear the cobwebs.
He did catch one pass when he pitched to the halfback who wound up in big doodoo well behind the line. He saw James around the line of scrimmage and heaved it to him, saving a big loss. Way to keep your head about you, halfback.
It was raining and the ball was slick, so this turned into a defensive struggle, though both QBs had their moments. Late in the fourth we had the ball on their one, but penalties killed us and we didn’t score. The Redskins had done the same, but we stopped them as well. Both teams managed to put together a few good drives, but with about a minute left in the game, the score was tied at nil.
False starts continued to plague us, I guess the kids need to get used to James’ count. Practice will cure that. He managed to draw the Redskins offsides several times, though.
Anyway, the Redskins scored on a QB sneak with less than a minute to go, and then on a QB keeper for the extra point.
We got the ball back with 26 seconds left, hit the half back pass to the two, but didn’t manage to get it in. A false start and a big loss put us back around the 15, and an interception on the goal line ended the game.
All in all, the team showed a lot of improvement over the last time we played them. It’s a seven game season, and we have the Redskins one more time. I’m looking forward to that game the most, I think.
James will spend the week working on leading his receivers and his footwork. He’s got an odd drop that needs to be fixed so he can plant. He threw several ducks today, and given that he’s not planting and the ball was slickerenaminnerspeter, it’s not surprising.