Ridge started the season in most publications (including 24-7) as a top 5 team,
who could make a run at a state title.
However, Mountain Ridge stumbled out of the gates losing their first game
of the season 21-27 to Brophy.
Everyone thought, to Brophy?
Well that loss doesn't sound as bad as it did way back when, considering
that Brophy had an 11-2 season of their own. Week two, Ridge loses again this time to
Desert Vista 21-28, everyone's question is what's going on at the Ridge. Week 3, a 13-27 loss to
the next 8 weeks there was not a better team in the state of
Simply put, that's great coaching. Let's remember a few things, we are talking about coaching high school kids, starting out 1-4, the natural thing that kids nowadays want to do is quit. There was no quit in these kids, but they had to believe in something and hold on to something to give them hope. What they held onto was Coach Belles.
Coaching is a thankless profession and a profession that never gives you the credit you deserve. Heck, according to some, when a team loses it's because the coach didn't do something right, but if a team wins it's because the kids played their tail off. Great coaches always look to do what's right for the kids not just in the game of football but for their life. Great coaches know that the lessons players learn in the game of football will greatly influence what their young men do in the future as adults. Great coaches understand that they have to set the example for their players and they have to do it for less than minimum wage.
Coach Belles congratulations on a great season, you and your coaching staff truly did a great job this year, overcoming adversity and any obstacle that was thrown in front of your team. The lesson you and your staff were able to teach; in no matter what situation you're faced with you don't quit, will be remembered by your young men for the rest of their lives.
hats off to all the great coaches we have in the state of
24-7football.com, give all coaches in the state of
Finalists (in no particular order)
Larry Fetkenhier- Cactus
Stuart Goldstein- North
John Wrenn- Mt Ridge
Jeff Kearin- Brophy
Preston Jones- Highland
Mike Reardon- Saguaro
Richard Taylor- Centennial