Fred's Blog (August 2012)
Pardon me if I don't jump on the band wagon and lead cheers for Jordan Caroline's decision to forsake his high school basketball teammates and attend a prep school in Florida as a junior.
If I'm a college coach, my view on this move is drastically different than what seems to be the popular opinion.
ARCOLA -- Wyatt Fishel didn’t need to wait long.
The first time Salt Fork punted in Friday’s football season-opener, Fishel was the return man. As the ball rose to its apex and descended, Storm players were closing in on the teen-ager.
Fishel signalled for a fair catch and, surrounded by the opposition, unflinchingly made the catch under pressure.
DANVILLE — There are plenty of available veterans for B.J. Luke as he begins his eighth season as the football head coach at his alma mater, Danville High School.
Not all of his athletes with the most game-night experience are playing where they did a year ago, but prospects for the state’s 10th-ranked Class 6A team are good.
MILFORD — Between the offensive and defensive platoons as many as nine sophomores may be playing regularly for the Milford/Cissna Park Bearcats.
“That’s a lot of youngsters starting,” head coach Nate Albaugh said, “but the good news is this sophomore class is the most talented we’ve ever had.”
BISMARCK — Mark Dodd plans to emphasize his team’s strengths when the high school football season opens in three days.
Bismarck-Henning has size and experience across its offensive front.
Translation: “When you’re that big up front, that experienced and with the quality of athlete, you should be able to ground and pound,” Dodd said.
FITHIAN — Jeremy Dirksmeyer isn’t interested in putting limits on what his first Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac football team can accomplish.
“Expect more and challenge yourself,” is the mantra he has established. “We’ve preached about competing each and every day. That atmosphere provokes the best environment.”
He is trying to avoid pigeonholing his athletes into a particular position.
WESTVILLE — Things worked out just fine for the Westville High School football team last fall.
The Tigers were 7-3 in a season where they started with a veteran offensive line, but an inexperienced backfield.
Coach Guy Goodlove hopes this season plays out as well. Westville faces the opposite scenario from 2011.
GEORGETOWN — Josh Cavanaugh has an idea of what he’ll do with the quarterback position this year with his Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman football team.
“We may run plays in with them,” said Cavanaugh, in his third season as the Buffaloes’ coach.
A week into the preseason training camp, the G-RF/Chrisman cooperative team did not have a clearcut signal-caller.
SIDELL — Salt Fork’s football program is not taking its consecutive playoff streak for granted.
The Storm have qualified for the postseason 11 years in a row. If the success continues, coach Brian Plotner can point to what his athletes did to put themselves in that position.
DANVILLE — Catlin Crozier has a message for whomever wants to listen: Write about the Schlarman Hilltoppers, but don’t write them off.
“It’s going unbelievable,” the first-year Schlarman football coach said. “I couldn’t ask for better kids. They work hard, don’t complain, don’t argue. They are the true definition of a team. They help each other out.”