Area teams squander in playoffs
I would first like to say that it's been a lot of fun covering the area high school football teams this season. The feedback I've received has been very positive and I appreciate all the local support. Hope to do it again next season.
Certain dogs are trained to hunt different sizes of animals. Makes no difference to a dog what size the animal is, all they know is how they’ve been bred and what species they hunt. This areas football teams can be compared to a 150lb golden retriever. Beautiful looking but hunts small birds. Folks, when local fans watch an area squander in recent years in major sports like this area has done, it makes one sick. Yeah we have our occasional bright spots, but for the amount of talent we possess, our execution level is poor.
I'm getting older and have grown tired of hearing, " Oh the kids had a great season," when in fact they underachieved due to lack of motivation and an inadequate group of coaches. Results reflect leadership. If we are going to have sports in this area, we need to achieve a higher success ratio for the amount of talent we have. Think I'm wrong? Numbers don't lie. I did an assessment of this week's playoff teams from Beltway 8 and 59 down to Needville vs. the teams up North in the Klein/Humble area. Out of the 8 teams I looked at in our area ( Travis, Kempner, Hightower, Foster, Terry, FBBA, Needville, and Elkins), only one of them won their FIRST round playoff game. Compared to the schools I looked at teams up north ( Kingwood Park, Klein, Tomball, Klein Oak, Klein Collins, Concordia Lutheran, and Humble), they ALL won their first round playoff games.
Am I issuing a challenge? Of course I am. Have I done it before? Of course I have. Will the AD's in this area listen? Of course not. They never have and never will. They are content as long as their pockets are full of greenbacks and their retirement accounts are fully funded. You have to give up to go up guys. Greed doesn't breed success.
Elkins, the number 1 seed, goes down and plays a team called Dickinson that's barely 5A, and gets not beaten, but embarrassed 31-14. The Pearland Oilers whipped Kempner at Alvin 28-13. No surprise there. Clear Creek beat the Travis Tigers 37-34. If there was a team that steadily improved this season in FBISD it was Travis.
• District MVT. ( Most Valuable Team ) Travis
• District MVP - Jake Burkhalter QB Elkins
• Offensive player of the year - Jerrell Oliver RB Dulles
• Special teams player of the year - Nick Coffman - K Elkins
• FBISD Coach of the Year - Coach Crivellari Elkins
Looking forward to a better season in 2011. Keep your fingers crossed. We've grown good at that around these parts.
Happy Holidays, stay warm and healthy, and make it a great Winter 2010.
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