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2018 Season
« on: November 20, 2018, 04:22:17 PM »
Between having a baby in June, work responsibilities consistently increasing and also launching a side business (oh and a lovely wife who occasionally wants some attention), I haven't posted this season.

Crazy year. With no 12U team last year feeding up to us (our program decided to field 10U and 14U in 2017  ::)), we started out very behind schedule with only 13 players in August. I hustled like crazy and we ended up with 20. Our top two players each missed a month of the season (one due to injury, one due to punishment) so with other injuries, illnesses, etc. we suited up 15-18 most weeks.

Very inexperienced team - 75% brand new to football, 35% of which joined between Mid-August & Early September. Added a new coach Aug 1 (former NFL player who turned out to be a GREAT addition), first thing he asks is "so do you think we'll be able to field a squad?" It really looked doubtful at that point.

Despite that, we finished the regular season 7-2 with both losses to our rivals who beat us pretty soundly by 16 and 28 in those games. They are the only team (in state or out) who has beaten us in the last 3 years. We're the only ones who have beaten them. Most other games for both teams aren't even close to competitive.

Their program competes for championships every year at every age group from 8U to 14U and as usual their 14U had 32 kids - big, fast, athletic team - and only plays their best 16.

Anyhow we locked in the #2 seed and won a thriller over the #3 seed in our semifinal to advance to the Championship and another matchup against our rivals.

Despite losing our best lineman early in the Championship game, we found ourselves in a 20-20 dogfight late in the 4th. With just over 2 mins to go, we came up with a Goal Line stand on our own 2. They had timeouts so we needed one 1st down to take it to OT without giving them the ball back (or punting from our EZ).

1st Down QB sneak = stuffed. They're clearly jumping the cadence in this situation so we go "No Play" on 2nd down...

Would have worked like a charm except our Center, in a moment of panic, snapped the ball to our unsuspecting QB. Ball hits the ground, they recover on the 3 and score 2 plays later with 1:05 left. We put together a drive but came up short, losing 28-20.

Really frustrating way to lose. Just too many mistakes which is on me.

Past the point where moral victories do anything for me. Nothing short of an undefeated Championship season is satisfying. But I am genuinely proud of the way our kids progressed and came together.

Oh and for those familiar with our situation, our 12U staff completed another scoreless 0-8 season for the three-peat (three consecutive seasons without scoring a point - last year they coached the 10U - but that staff is 0-24 without scoring a point from 2016-2018). Needless to say those kids seem pretty excited to start working with us.

And with our latest coach addition and a better handle on all I have going on, I feel confident we are ready to take things to another level next season.
« Last Edit: November 20, 2018, 04:26:41 PM by GP »
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Re: 2018 Season
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2018, 04:46:16 PM »
How can you go an entire season and not score one TD?...even accidentally!

Great run G...tough way to go out. Congrats on the new arrival and I hope business is doing well.

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Re: 2018 Season
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2018, 04:55:19 PM »
Sucks to lose the last one the way you did, but congrats on a fine season.......and generally winning at life. :D
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Re: 2018 Season
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2018, 09:46:58 AM »
How can you go an entire season and not score one TD?...even accidentally!


THREE seasons in a row! You actually have to scheme to do that - they are presenting at Glazier this year...
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Re: 2018 Season
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2018, 09:47:23 AM »
Sucks to lose the last one the way you did, but congrats on a fine season.......and generally winning at life. :D

Thanks Coach!
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Re: 2018 Season
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2018, 10:02:36 AM »
Would have worked like a charm except our Center, in a moment of panic, snapped the ball to our unsuspecting QB. Ball hits the ground, they recover on the 3 and score 2 plays later with 1:05 left. We put together a drive but came up short, losing 28-20.

Really frustrating way to lose. Just too many mistakes which is on me.

If anyone is wondering what makes Greg a great coach, just read the last line in his above quote.  MOST coaches will blame opponents, refs, their own players, parents, the weather, etc.  Greg came close and though outmanned, lost a winnable game. "Just too many mistakes which is on me."  That's the sign of a guy who not only knows what he's doing, but protects his kids and understands that the mistakes our kids make are traced back to us.  Of course, knowing Greg personally, I already knew he was a great coach before this game and before this season.  Greg, it sounds like an incredible season and despite the outcome, this is going to be a season you'll remember and appreciate even more than your championship seasons.

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Re: 2018 Season
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2018, 10:23:32 AM »
If anyone is wondering what makes Greg a great coach, just read the last line in his above quote.  MOST coaches will blame opponents, refs, their own players, parents, the weather, etc.  Greg came close and though outmanned, lost a winnable game. "Just too many mistakes which is on me."  That's the sign of a guy who not only knows what he's doing, but protects his kids and understands that the mistakes our kids make are traced back to us.  Of course, knowing Greg personally, I already knew he was a great coach before this game and before this season.  Greg, it sounds like an incredible season and despite the outcome, this is going to be a season you'll remember and appreciate even more than your championship seasons.

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DP - that means a lot coming from you, my friend. As you know so much of what we do in terms of MOJO development are things we've taken from you and tried our best to emulate. And of course our schemes are stolen from Joe.

Funny thing is when our players come back, they always complain that their HS teams never run Tee Time. I always explain that it's prob bc they'd like to have enough players to finish the season.
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Re: 2018 Season
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2018, 11:24:31 AM »
DP

A few years back I was lucky enough to watch Greg's team practice. I was immediately struck by the pace & demand for perfection. It was fun to watch a combination of your drills & my schemes.

Not veryone can appreciate the difficult circumstances Greg coaches under. The constant struggle to get players & coaches, where to practice. Dealing with an organization that offers no support. He coaches with a passion & intensity you would appreciate, he truly gives of himself.

I am proud to call him a friend, & a great youth coach!

Joe
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Re: 2018 Season
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2018, 11:31:37 AM »
DP

A few years back I was lucky enough to watch Greg's team practice. I was immediately struck by the pace & demand for perfection. It was fun to watch a combination of your drills & my schemes.

Not veryone can appreciate the difficult circumstances Greg coaches under. The constant struggle to get players & coaches, where to practice. Dealing with an organization that offers no support. He coaches with a passion & intensity you would appreciate, he truly gives of himself.

I am proud to call him a friend, & a great youth coach!

Joe

Wow, thanks Joe! Not sure where I would be without all of your guidance, mentoring and friendship. Very thankful for your support!
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Re: 2018 Season
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2018, 11:35:24 AM »
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Guys like you & Tito make my year. Your friendship is truly valued.

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Re: 2018 Season
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2018, 11:52:24 AM »
A few years back I was lucky enough to watch Greg's team practice. I was immediately struck by the pace & demand for perfection. It was fun to watch a combination of your drills & my schemes.

Well that's a heckuva combination!

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Re: 2018 Season
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2018, 11:59:24 AM »
DP

It was definetly fun to watch. Greg brings high energy to his practices & reminds me of me when I was younger.

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Re: 2018 Season
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2018, 12:01:07 PM »
Funny thing is when our players come back, they always complain that their HS teams never run Tee Time. I always explain that it's prob bc they'd like to have enough players to finish the season.

lol.

It's funny the number of things players come back and complain about in their experiences after being coached by us and then go on to someone else.  The best one was this past season when one of my former EWHS players was complaining about the way the current staff does things.  "Every time I go in, they tell me to come back out.  They tell us to wait until we're called on, instead of just letting us get in the lineup whenever we want."  ;D

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