Football: Monday Morning Quarterback - Eastern Guilford 2012
October 14, 2012By Kevin McCloskey of Western Alamance High School
In today's world of high technology, I thought I would write my entire article via the transcription of a text conversation I had with Ricky Portela on Friday evening.
End of article.
Have a good week.
See you next Friday when WA hosts McMichael!!!
Then, they came out in some funky formations with a split line resulting in some 4-wide formations. Pretty strange looking to say the least. But these tricky formations worked for the first couple of plays as the Wildcats marched deep into WA territory. However.... Then the Wildcats got greedy and went for it all in the back corner of the endzone.
If you still don't know what I'm talking about, maybe this will help: Link
I like to be close to the action but wish I was back about 10ft when shooting this highlight in order to take it all in.
So here goes...Kick coverage... In a word... Stunk!!
Seriously... We need to improve. We had a LOT of kickoffs in this game and
And a message to opposing teams... Don't forget...
"He's a sophomore! He's a sophomore!"
So this week's MVP award goes to the YAC - Donovan Apple!
Yes - Donovan's nickname is YAC which stands for "Yards After Contact." But on Friday night, the Warrior OL did such a dominant job that in a lot of cases, we could shorten Don's nickname to "Y" (because there wasn't a lot of "After Contact").
The big guys up front got the job done and Donovan was able to run free! And this was without the services of starter Jamie Billings (out for a couple weeks with a knee injury). Andy Walker filled in for Billings and by all accounts, did an admirable job along with the other regulars (Michael Bell, Charlie Harper, Cody Rice, and Josh Pitts).
IT ALL STARTS UP FRONT!
Do you know who else "Got 'r Done"???? TJ Harris!
I call TJ the "Man-i-mal" because when he's in game mode, he plays like he's half-man; half-animal. I mean he gets this intense look (a little bit frightening if I'm being honest) and he's just a beast!
On Friday evening, TJ had a little extra incentive playing against his former school, Eastern Guilford, and just went crazy on the field. I couldn't find the official stats but based on what I recall, there were 3 sacks; a forced fumble; and a batted pass (that resulted in an interception by Blake Deatherage). That's big time!
Great job TJ! And we're very happy that you are a Warrior Manimal and not a Wildcat!
And another guy (just referenced him above) who is blossoming right before our eyes is Blake Deatherage. The sophomore has grown by leaps-and-bounds over the past few games and has become a force to be reckoned with. He's certainly NOT "Brock's Little Brother" any more. Blake is Blake!
The confidence is growing with each game. There's a little "swag" in his game. And he's a playmaker straight up!
In addition to numerous tackles, Blake came up with a fumble recovery; an interception; and a blocked extra point.
So... Blake... Even though you are "only a sophomore," I think your recent blossoming and swag have earned you the right to receive an iHigh MMQB nickname.
What will it be????
A few other things that I liked seeing:
This week... a first! For the first time ever, I am going to give my "Its The Little Things" award to someone who didn't even play.
Jamie.... One confession.... You weren't my first choice. I first offered the job to the young and pretty and football savvy __________ ___________ (I won't say the name but her initials are 'SS') and I was shot down. I was devastated! Absolutely crushed :(
Or lets dream even bigger....
Looking ahead... Next week, the McMichael Phoenix come to town. The Phoenix are having a so-so year sitting at 3-5 overall (1-4 in the conference). So its not really a "big" game, right???
WRONG! This is THE most important game for WA. We have to win this game. We need this win big-time to solidify our playoff seeding.
And McMichael has played us reasonably close the past 2 years so lets not take them lightly:
2011: WA 32-21
2010: W 21-14
I believe it will be Northern Alamance Pee-Wee night and that is always a treat! So come out and lets get our 8th win on the season and build some momentum.
I'm ready to hear some more Warrior generated "Dah Dah Dah! Dah Dah Dah!" moments!