AND THEN THERE WAS ONE:
With both Munroe and East Gadsden enjoying an open week from competition, West Gadsden was the only county football team to play last week.
West Gadsden, which hopefully secured a nice payoff, were the sacrificial lambs for Pensacola Tate (3-1), losing 35-0. Tate’s running back, Lavontia Samuel, rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
The loss will, no doubt, benefit the Panthers as they prepare for their first district contest this week. They will host Sneads in their Homecoming game in Greensboro with kickoff at 7:00.
East Gadsden has used the extra time to heal injuries and prepare to face the Wakulla War Eagles. The War Eagles are running on all cylinders and 4-0 on the season. The game will be played in Wakulla at 7:30.
The Munroe Bobcats (3-0) used their open week to prepare for a trip to Jacksonville to face their toughest competition to date, Cedar Creek Christian. The Saints are 3-1 thus far on the season.
NATIONAL RECORD WIN STREAK FALLS:
Should the Munroe Bobcats get to thinking their 3-game win-streak is too impressive, they may want to check out the national high school football record held by Clairton High in Pennsylvania. Their win streak started on September 9, 2001 and ended this past Friday night, putting to a close 66 straight wins during the regular season. They had four Class A state titles and their last defeat was in the state finals in 2008.
CHOCOLATE MILK AND A CANDY BAR:
Just a few hours after rushing for 56 yards and a touchdown in Florida State’s win over Bethune-Cookman, my youngest daughter ran into James Wilder, Jr. at a convenience store near campus. Although bad publicity has followed him, that was not the case this past Saturday night. Striking up conversation at check-out, Wilder asked her and her boyfriend if they were heading out to party tonight. They held up their ice cream cones as proof of the contrary, and he held up his Cookies and Cream candy bar and chocolate milk. He then laughed, said his shoulder was hurting too bad to meet the team out, and recommended they hit up the Red Box. All three laughed and parted ways.
The next two installments from “The Parent’s Trap: A Parent’s Guide to Dealing With Your High School Athlete” are:
3) Grades ... Remember these are "student-athletes" not "athlete - students," and keeping ones' grades high should be at the top of any list. The chances of getting a college scholarship through good grades are a 1,000 times more likely to happen than through athletics. At least the same amount of time should be put into homework compared to training.
4) The coach is the coach ... Too many parents think they are coaches. If an athlete is coached to do a certain skill by his or her coach, it's the same way he or she should practice it at home. Find out how the coach is teaching a certain drill, and use THAT way to practice at home. In a kid's mind, there may be a "Too many Chiefs, and not enough Indians" dynamic going on in his or her head. Be consistent when helping your child. Your first question you should ask as a parent when wanting to help your child is: How is coach teaching it?
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
"The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back." ~Steve Garvey (amen).