Football: Monday Morning Quarterback - Southern Alamance 2012
September 9, 2012By Kevin McCloskey of Western Alamance High School
Oh how wonderful it is for your season record to end in the words... "and oh."
For WA, "and oh" was prefaced by the number "4" on Friday evening around 10:15pm as the Warriors moved to a perfect 4-0 for the first time since the 2007 season. That's hard to believe, but its true. And it feels good!
What a great turnout by the Warrior Nation over in the southern reaches of Alamance County! As is frequently the case, I believe our crowd outnumbered the "home" crowd yet again. All I can say is... WOW!
I frequently become engrossed in the game while shooting video. Not a lot of things get my attention away from the action on the field. But on Friday night, the loud cheering and animated faces certainly caught my eye!
I want to give props to ALL Warrior fans with some extra-special props going to our infamous Student Section!! Loved the "Camo" attire!
In a word... FANtastic!!! You guys were aweome AND you do make a difference! Keep it up!
This game was another hard fought contest between Alamance County rivals. You've got to love Alamance County football. This is truly one of the best counties in the state for high school football. And while I love to beat all of the other teams, it is nice to see teams like Southern and Graham (and even... dare I say it.... Williams) get back on track. OK... Maybe not Williams. Life is better when they are bad! :)
Brock Deatherage really got to show off his speed in this game. A "normal" person would not have scored any of Brock's 3 touchdowns. But Brock is not normal... At least when it comes to speed. The kid's got some wheels!
You know I love to give out nicknames. Last year, Brock got 2 nicknames from me:
This year, I'm going with another nickname. But I have to give credit where credit is due because I did not come with this nickname myself. It was awarded to Brock during baseball season as a result of all of his stolen bases. So in 2012, I will just refer to Brock as "Beep! Beep!" You get the picture!
I don't know what it was, but the WA coaches were very intense for this game. You could tell that Coach Snuffer, in particular, really wanted to win this one. He was REALLY into the game. You can read Coach Snuffer's intensity through his facial expressions.
He scares me with this look!
I bet Sarah, David, and Savannah have all seen this look from time-to-time! But I know that Coach would NEVER scowl at his lovely and sweet, sweet wife, Mrs. Abby! :)
But the scowl was working on Friday night. No complaints from me!
With the score tied at 13 apiece going into halftime, I was a little nervous. Southern was playing well and so were we for the most part. Penalties were kiling us but, overall, we were doing OK. The running game wasn't working just yet, but everything else was up to snuff (no pun intended).
Q4 belongs to the Warriors!
So players... All of that time you spent in the hot sun this summer has paid off! Conditioning matters! And WA is the best conditioned team I have seen thus far in 2012.
I'm giving out co-MVP awards for this game. The first goes to Brock Deatherage. As previously noted, Brock scored 3TDs on the night. The first was was a 30-yard dash down the right sideline on the opening drive that made the Patriot defenders look like Wile E Coyote trying to catch Roadrunner!
The second TD was a nifty out-and-up pattern as a scrambling Nigel hit Brock down the left sideline for a 54-yard TD just before the half.
And the final TD was a QB keeper that Deatherage took to the left pylon midway through the second half and gave WA some much needed breathing room.
I've got just 2 words to say to you Brock... BEEP! BEEP!
Co-MVP #2 may come as a surprise because its not often that the punter receives such an award. But no one was more deserving on Friday night that our very own "Cannon" - a.k.a. - Hunter Lent.
Here's a link to Lent's cannon shots: Link
Turn up the volume and listen to some of the commentary along the sidelines! Hunter earned a lot of "Attaboy's." Everyone appreciated the difference that Hunter made in this game. He truly can change field position with a single swing of his leg! Great job #46!
We have another guy who has earned a nickname this week... Sophomore RB, Donovan Apple.
No one, and I mean NO ONE, runs harder than Donovan. Kay and I were discussing it along the sidelines and she made the observation that Donovan really uses leverage and keeps driving his legs to pick up extra yardage.
Donovan finished the game with 79 yards rushing on 11 carries with 1 touchdown. Most of this came in the second half when WA pulled ahead.
In my postgame inteview with Donovan, I made the comment that Donovan gets a lot of his yardage after the initial contact from the defense. In football terms, this is known as "Yards After Contact" or YAC.
So, henceforth, Donovan will be known to me as...
Great job #8! We're going to need you to step up even more over the next few weeks!
And now for this week's winner of the "Its The Little Things" Award....
One play can make a difference. A little extra effort to just stretch a little bit further can completely change the game. You just never know what might have happened if that effort was not made.
Here's a perfect example of the extra effort being made. As he has done on at least 2 (maybe more) other occasions this season, Sr DE Jay Underwood stretched his 6'5" frame into the air and got a finger on one of Jonathan Lloyd's pass attempts for the Patriots. Who knows what might have happened if Jay hadn't knocked that pass to the turf. Southern could have scored a long TD and changed momentum. But they did NOT! Thanks to Jay.
So #88 wins the "Its The Little Things" award for week 4 and also gets a nickname....
Who remembers this saying???? "There's no need to fear. Underdog is here!"
One of the best cartoons ever! Link
Now its time for my weekly shout-out's to others who caught my eye this week:
And now for the bad news... WA suffered its first significant injury of the season when Jr RB Jacob Webster had to be carried off the field in the 3rd quarter with an apparent knee injury. The extent of the injury is still being evaluated and we don't want to speculate on the prognosis. But there is a lot of hope that Jacob will be back in action again at some point.
J-Train - Keep your head up! We're behind you 100% and we know you will work your tail off to get back on the field again soon.
Next week... The "Second Season" begins as WA opens conference play up in Eden taking on the Morehead Panthers. Morehead is sitting at 1-3 on the seaon after getting throttled 34-0 at Reidsville on Friday night.
Now its confession time.... We are playing hooky next week and are taking off for a long weekend at the beach. But we will be putting out as much info as possible as several of our loyal band of iHigh football contributors will be making the trek to Eden.
I hope everyone has a great week! Next week... Let's get win #5 and keep the Warrior Train rollin'!!!