Re: High School Football 2019
Why They Play the Game
Date: August 10, 2019 11:21AM
Ratings at the start of the year are hit or miss at best. With the continued physical and mental growth of the rising players, and another summer/fall of practice, games and coaching, you never know which team will have the unforeseen talent and athleticism to become a force into the playoffs.
Injuries, experience, timing, desire, heart and fear also play into the mix, with teams that on paper and from recent games appear to be the Goliath, but fall to the David's who offset the balance with other attributes.(SOCO, LB and Madison as more recent examples of a a favorite going home early and often come playoff time. Westfield's loss of Kim to the broken leg is a perfect example of injury and timing together.)
So keep on prognosticating, then sit back and let the games began. The team to beat at the start of the year is certainly worth watching, but there are always others who climb up/or back up the mountain to place their banner on the summit!
OK, yes I did leave out officiating and it's potential to change a game and ultimately who wins, but true champions almost always seem to adapt and overcome such calls. How a specific call went, and more important the many calls (or lack of calls) throughout the game went is often overlooked by the whiner after the game. Missed calls, bad calls and good calls are part of the game. Even with all the equipment available to the NFL, they still have countless missed and bad calls during a game.
So go out and support your team win or lose, because that is how life works. Nobody can win them all, bad things happen to good people, and ultimately life is not just or fair to everyone. Playing the game for most of the players at this level is not about building a football career, but teaching them the lessons of life for their future. Yes a few will go on to the next level (some with scholarships) and succeed, but a very small percentage even get a tryout in the NFL.