I agree with you that it was a very fun atmosphere and I'm proud of the way Smith's team fought back. It seems to be a characteristic of his teams that they never give up. And I also have respect for Steve Decker. I got to spend some time with him when both our sons ran track for Northwest Xpress. He is a knowledgeable and great guy.
The catch that Ruiz made on 4th & 22 (??) down to our goal line before the half was incredible, and Cord's ability to keep plays alive with his feet is remarkable. He did miss on at least 3 deep post plays that probably would have been touchdowns but he overthrew them. He certainly has an arm but I do question his accuracy at least that game. Granted it was windy and he did overthrow his receivers when the wind was at his back.
Now, I'm not a toaster-carrying sideline-walker so I probably fit into that armchair quarterback category,... although I only played quarterback in some college intramural games and some pick up games. I would probably prefer to be called an armchair CORNerback as I'm more familiar with that position.
I understand that you're sort of stuck because coaching is such a close fraternity, and I agree with you that both coaches would have made different choices. I want you to keep "having your pops". However I do want to critique.
I saw that game and that offense in a much larger context than perhaps other people did. I was "bleacher-sitter" when only sophomores and juniors were playing, and Coach Filleman had to teach them the correct way to put on shoulder pads. I've seen them grow as a team and learn and execute his offense over the years. In his offense, his quarterback was always a threat to run and defenses had to scheme accordingly. It was truly 11 on 11. This has changed.
They were able to move the ball in the first half, but when they got down to the red zone the defense was compressed and there was less open space through which to navigate. The Lions were unable to put points on the board. Granted they missed one FG and looked he had another tipped. But they were able to move the ball, mostly because of tenacious running. Newton reminds me a lot of Zach Neall.
This OC's hybrid wing-t shotgun spread Zone fly offense (whatever) doesn't seem to be very effective. At least he got away from all the Jet/fly sweeps and motion.
They put points on the board in the 4th quarter because Magri became a running threat. He had to be accounted for because he could take off out of the pocket and scramble. This left more open room for receivers as well as Newton. I'm not seeing much production from this offense at this point. Perhaps things will click and start putting pressure on defenses.
2nd issue is the no FG attempt at the end of the first half with 5.4 seconds left from the 19 (??). He made the same decision at Boulder Creek and we didn't get any points going into halftime. IMO, this time it's certainly cost us. 34-32.
My last "critique" is why did we go for it early in the 3rd Q with a 4th & 4 or 5 from our 26 with a fake punt when we were down 17-7?? Immediately after that failed fake punt, Cord, 2 plays later, scored again and made it 24-7. I thought at the time, even if we would have made it, it was a poor decision.
I do have a question for you, Jason. What was your opinion of the intentional grounding call at the end of the game? Looked to me like Magri sailed the ball over a receiver's head while he was outside the tackles and clearly got beyond the line of scrimmage. Obviously he was throwing it away, but I didn't see any evidence that the Lions should have been flagged for intentional grounding.
What was your opinion of the intentional grounding call at the end of the game? Looked to me like Magri sailed the ball over a receiver's head while he was outside the tackles and clearly got beyond the line of scrimmage. Obviously he was throwing it away, but I didn't see any evidence that the Lions should have been flagged for intentional grounding.
Being outside the tackle box and getting it past the line of scrimmage only matters on Saturday and Sundays. High school rule does not allow for the passer to throw the ball away. He must, in the judgement of the official, throw the ball in the general vicinity of an eligible receiver. The pass landed beyond the track.
To be honest. I had no clue they called grounding. I actually thought it was a holding call.
Yeah, that's why it was loss of down/made it 3rd and Prescott. IF footballfan3211 is correct, Magri clearly was throwing it away, therefore it was a good call. I thought if those specific elements, if present (and they were) then a flag shouldn't have been dropped. I hope the officials made an accurate call. Thx fbf3211 for clarifying.