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Author Topic: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and Round 2, and the SHIP  (Read 2140 times)

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Offline SingleWingGoombah

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2018, 02:59:38 PM »
Advanced to 5 and 0 with a 20 - 0 victory this past weekend.  Was 20-0 at half.  We finally hit a home run on a Left 32 Trap.  And a passing td on a pass left, hit the half back.  Let lineman get to run the PATs, out of a beast formation.

Defense continues to be fun to watch.  We have a lot of speed, and smarts on defense.  They just swarm to the ball, but they do not get out of position on misdirection.  They are very smart and make great reads at 2nd level. 

It is a very fun group of kids, really enjoying getting to watch them grow as a team. 


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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2018, 09:44:17 AM »
Played what was definitely our worst game of the season, but still came away with a 13-6 victory.  Defense gave up its first TD of the season.  CB bit in, and QB sweep gout outside of him, and he was gone.  Tightened down after that.  I really struggled calling plays.  They were in a 9-2 essentially, and then a 10-1 in the 2nd half.  I used my son as a crutch too much.  When we ran outside we picked up big chunks of yards, should have called more sweeps.  We pounded 23, and should have been able to hit some 23 keeps, but my QB was jogging... put in my back up QB who is faster for the last series, and we hit some big gains on it and was able to run out the clock.

It was a very odd game, both teams had white jerseys and royal blue helmets.  At game speed, it was very hard to tell who was who.

I think overall it was good, we had 4 straight blow outs, I think this is what we needed to re-focus.  Have a tough schedule the last 3 weeks, but a 6-0 right now is feeling good.  This will be our toughest test so far this coming weekend, I am looking forward to it! 

As for the boy, he had a nice game, he had 3 absolutely monstrous stiff arms.  Had a couple people come up to me after the game about it, wondering if we practice stiff arms, or making comments about it. 

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6 and 7
« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2018, 10:59:47 AM »
Had a big game this week!  6-0 taking on 5-1 team.  We were coming off of our worst game of the season, which I think was a good thing for us, as it allowed us to re-focus after 3 blow outs.  Their helmets and water bottles were not lined up before practice, they looked like crap, so I put them in a plank to stat practice, they were screwing around during the plank, so I told them to sit on their butts, took out my phone, and started browsing facebook.  They were silent.  Caught them off guard, they did not know what was going on.  Talked it out, and had a great week of practice.  Which led to our best game yet.

We won 25-6.  3 of our TD drives were over 8 plays long, 2 of them over 10.  We were throwing the kitchen sink, and each play was being ran very well, picking up good chunks of yards.  We had added an orbit motion this past week, to run 47 Toss with, it looked great, the orbit motion with 23 under was effective as well.  We scored on a 23 Keep, 23 twice, and a Pass Right, to the wing back.  The defense was on its heels all game long, not knowing where that ball was going.  They tried to defend us like the team the week before, which worked well the week before, but I spent time this past week reviewing and figuring out how to attack that alignment. 

Defensively, the got over the top with us on one pass, otherwise we shut them down.  They had some big backs and a couple speed guys, we did a great job of penetrating, and flowing to the ball.  Did not miss many tackles, and cut their big backs down.  It seemed like we had 15 kids out there at times.

This team was trying to cheat all game long, we have a rule where if you are on the sideline, you come on to the field at change of possession.  They were trying to not follow it, they got flagged for it 3 times, first one was a delay of game, in case mistake was made, they only get a 5 yarder.  The other 2 were unsportsmanlike conducts.  They only had 16 kids, so it is not hard to figure out.  It was the same kid each time they were trying to not play, who was definitely one of their weak links. 

Kids are really hitting their stride, we can lock up a bye this week with a victory. 

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6 and 7
« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2018, 11:55:06 AM »
I actually really like the if you are on the sideline you come on the field at change of possession rule. Granted, I am sure it leads to some small teams but I like that everyone gets to play. It is youth ball after all. What do you do for subs if the guys who just went on have to get a breather?

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6 and 7
« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2018, 12:18:22 PM »
I actually really like the if you are on the sideline you come on the field at change of possession rule. Granted, I am sure it leads to some small teams but I like that everyone gets to play. It is youth ball after all. What do you do for subs if the guys who just went on have to get a breather?

In the rules it says subs are allowed for exhaustion... it is my first year coaching this level, and I have yet to see it happen so I am not sure how it is allowed or verified or what. 

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2018, 09:46:52 AM »
What a week it was!  My team was ravaged by strep throat.  I opted to cancel practice on Tuesday, we would have had maybe half the team there.  Had 4 kids out Wednesday, and 4 kids out Thursday (we have 16 on the roster.)  Get a text on Wednesday that one of my 2 way starting lineman is out of town and wont be at the game... then my starting wb misses both practices, is not in school all week except for Monday, still has a fever on Saturday.  He is also my top starting CB...  I had suspended the attendance policy for the week, I did not want kids coming out to practice who were borderline still feeling the effects of being sick.  But needless to say, it was not a good week of practice.  We were very rusty on offense, and my back up WB can not stretch the field like my starter can.  It was the first game that has been kind of cold for us, which made my RT turn into a turnstyle... we looked out of sorts.  Not terrible, just not as dynamic as we usually are.

We take a 6-0 lead into half time.  We are pounding 23s, and 23 keeps, occasional 38 and 18 sweeps. Hit a nice 32 trap.  We only have 2 possessions in the first half, one ended on downs, other ended in the touchdown.  They did not move the ball much, I think they had one first down all half.  But they are fired up going into half time, with it being a one score game. So we get the kids together to try and re-focus, rust is off, we get the ball to start the half, we need to get a TD to shut them down.  They come out and elect to do an onside play (our league eliminated kickoffs, so if you want to try and get the ball back after a possession, you do an onside play, its essentially a 4th and 10 play, pick up 10 yards, and you keep your drive going) Ok, cool, our defense has not given up a play longer than 5 yards all game.  We intercept their pass, and go back at it.  Pound 23, hit a 32 Trap to get inside the 10.  23 Keep for a TD.  Beautiful.

We stop them on downs, have pretty good field position.  Hit a nice 38 sweep... block in the back on the backside... end up turning over on downs.  First play of their drive, pick 6!  We are up 18-0 now.  Defense shuts them down again, we get the ball back, need one first down to knee it out.  First play is a 23, my FB takes it to the house, stiff armed a kid all the back to last Thursday.  They threw a flag on it.  Blah.  Was a bad call.  I talked to the refs after the game for clarification on it, there was 2 of the 3 there, the missing one was the one who called it.  The white hat said he didn't think it was a penalty, he did not grasp it.  Saw the ref who called it, asked him about it, he said it was a short and quick stiff arm to the face, they are trying to avoid contact to the face mask. 

We moved to 8-0 on the season, with what will be our toughest opponent coming up this week for regular season finale. Hoping for a great week of practice, and for the kids to get their health back!

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2018, 12:23:38 PM »
It's so nice when officials decide that there aren't enough rules so they just make some up.

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8
« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2018, 12:40:12 PM »
It's so nice when officials decide that there aren't enough rules so they just make some up.

It was my son that it got called on, he was pissed!  He does not get a lot of 35 yard touchdowns being a FB.  It was a nice stiff arm, he has done it plenty of times this season with no penalty.  I am guessing he called it because it was like 2:30 left in the game and it was an unneeded touchdown. 


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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
« Reply #23 on: October 22, 2018, 10:08:56 AM »
Well we did it!  We completed our undefeated regular season with a 6-0 victory.  It was a tough one for sure.  The weather was crap.  It was cold, and one of the windiest games I have ever coached.  It snowed for a bit, then stopped and snowed again.  Sun came out for a few minutes... wind got worse. got better, got worse. 

We knew this would be a slug fest, it was our 8-0 record up against a 7-1 team, their only loss was an OT loss to the other undefeated team.  Every game, we have been the smaller team by weight.  This game was no exception, this was definitely the biggest team we have faced... Our average weight is probably 80-85 pounds.  Their average weight was 100-105. 

They run a funky 5-4 type defense.  They use a TNT front, and then stand up DEs, so from DT to DE there is a lot of space.  I thought it was a split 44 Monster for half of the game because I didn't see their NT and assumed it was a 4-4 because of how the rest of it looked.  Game plan was to pound 23 and 24.  We start on D, force a punt.  First play... 23 fumble!  Blah.    They pick up a first down, they are around the 35 or 40 going in, and punt again.  One of my ACs tells the returners to not even try and catch it, just let it go.  I try and tell them no, we need to pick up and go... returner farther away does not hear me, ball goes towards him he lets it go, they down it at the 5.  Our drive stalls, we punt away.  Hold them again, get the ball back with just under 2 in the half and 2 timeouts.  We have like 70-80 yards to go. Passing probably not an option, we are going into the wind.  23 to start, we break it for a good amount.  47 XX for another chunk.  38 gets bottled up, 47 for another good chunk.  Other team gets saved by the bell, we could not punch it in... but we gain confidence, and get the ball to start the half. 

Other team had been gashing us with a QB sweep out of a Trips and a Trey look.  We make some adjustments at half, as nothing else for them has been working.  Bump the DE out to inside receiver to prevent the crack.  Second level players had been adjusting, but it was not enough, we needed to get a little size out there. 
We come out in the 2nd half, ready to go to work.  We came out running 23s and 24s like crazy, getting nice chunks of yards.  Drive down the field pretty much running those 2 plays, ran a left 32 trap once, for about 4 yards.  Could not get past their CB on our 23 keeps... Qb got one on one with him and got owned.  My QBs are not very shifty.  Anyways, we score on a 24, PAT is no good. 

They come out looking to run their QB sweeps... our best DE is not adjusting... I am yelling at him shift out shift out... he is not... they pick up a huge gain.  Same play other side... big gain, they get to the red zone.  Crap... They call a timeout... thank god.  I call the DEs over by me... why are you guys not shifting out to the inside receiver.  The one DE says I thought you said to go inside... NOOOO! shift outside to the INSIDE receiver...  Ohhhh ok... MEssage finally received, they start shifting correctly, shuts that play down... we are flying to the ball now, they throw a 4th down pass, we intercept at like the 2... dammit!  Why didn't you drop that one.  Oh well back to work on the 23s and 24s.  We need to pick up some yardage and first downs get that clock going.  They get a 15 yard facemask called on them.  Which was good because they had missed a blatant one on the last drive.  Gets us away from the end zone.  We end up punting... they get the ball around midfield.  They line up in trips, and try a TE sweep, my NT gets through hits the TE as he gets the handoff, we jump on the ball.  Huge play!

Their TE was hurt on the play... I go out to check on him like I usually do, their coach gives me an angry look as I am coming out.  I get over there, he starts bitching at me about our players tackling high and leading with our helmets and stuff.  The trainer says something about the kids ankle... he says Im not worried about his ankle I am worried about my players heads... Im biting my lip... What I want to say is you thought your big ass team is was going to steam roll my little guys and we are out physicaling you now, and scored a TD by running the ball down your throat.... but what I said was nothing....

First play we run after their fumble was a 23, and their kid wraps up my ball carrier around his neck.  So I yell out now, is that how low you want us to tackle too! 

Anyways, we hold on for a 6-0 victory, to finish 9-0, 1 seed in the playoffs, and we get a bye this week. 

I was watching film... their team was a bunch of whiners man... I was constantly seeing them pouting and looking for calls.  The one time one of our lead blockers made a block on a kid, their player grabbed our player by the head with both hands to try and get him off... and then puts his hands up after the play like where is the penalty on him... My son even said something with no prompt about how whiny they were, and how he overheard one of the refs tell another ref that this team and coach is real whiny.  Made the win feel that much better.


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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
« Reply #24 on: October 22, 2018, 10:09:44 AM »
And a special shout out to Dcooz for braving the elements to come check us out for a bit! Will be interesting to see if our boys end up in the same bracket!

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
« Reply #25 on: October 22, 2018, 10:25:07 AM »
No problem coach, hopefully I get to watch a full playoff game. Patiently waiting for that bracket, would be awesome if our kids met up on the field.

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
« Reply #26 on: October 22, 2018, 10:49:18 AM »
Brian, you and Donald are coaching the same age group?

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
« Reply #27 on: October 22, 2018, 10:55:15 AM »
Congrats coach!
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To make a genuine effort at every opportunity to help those around me build and maintain a commitment to success.

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
« Reply #28 on: October 22, 2018, 11:18:54 AM »
Brian, you and Donald are coaching the same age group?

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No, he coaches one age group higher than I do. His youngest son plays in the age group that I coach.

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Re: 2018 Season - Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9
« Reply #29 on: October 22, 2018, 11:29:39 AM »
No, he coaches one age group higher than I do. His youngest son plays in the age group that I coach.

Yup!  With a decent shot at them being in the same bracket.