Football: Monday Morning QB "Light" - Southern Alamance
September 2, 2013By Kevin McCloskey of Western Alamance High School
You've gotta have heart
When the odds are sayin' you'll never win
You've gotta have heart
Oh, it's fine to be a genius of course
First you've gotta have heart.
Normally, when you hear the word 'Heart,' you typically think of the color red. However, nothing epitomizes the image of 'Heart' more than what I saw in Warrior Blue on Friday evening. Wow! What a finish!
After being pretty much left for dead, the Warriors somehow rose up at the end of regulation and 2 overtime periods to survive an epic battle with our friends from the southern part of the county.
The Warrior defense surrendered 453 yards to the Patriots, but on 3 crucial SA drives, gave up only a total of 27 of those yards came at the end of regulation and the 2 overtime periods.
Three scintilating goal line stands to close out the contest held the Patriots less than a yard short of the goal line and resulted in high drama that quite literally had the WA side of the stadium in a frenzy.
It was wild! And it was fun! And it was draining! Physically, mentally, and emotionally draining.
It was so draining that my sidekick, Ricky Portela, and I had a difficult time forming cohesive sentences in our Warrior Wrapup video. There was so much football to process; so much football to digest, that it just overwhelmed us.
But.... It was all worth it in the end (even if it did result in only 2.5 hours worth of sleep for me heading into a Labor Day Weekend at the beach). I wouldn't trade that feeling for nuthin'!!! All I needed was Warrior H-E-A-R-T!!!!!!!!!!!!
I did mention last week that on weekends such as this when I am travelling, I am going to cut back a little on my writing and create a "MMQB Light" version of my column. So that's what I'm going to do here.
I apologize for speeding through this, but it truly is Monday morning and the ocean breezes are calling my name. But I can't let down my #1 fan so I've got to come up with something for this crazy lady!
I seriously think she needs counseling... :)
DEFENSE - Bend but not break. As previously mentioned, the Warrior defense gave up 453 yards to the Patriots, but only 21 points. Duke-bound Jonathan Lloyd frustrated the Warrior D with his ability to extend plays and avoid sacks but, by-and-large, he was held in check. In addition to the regular list of guys who provide the defensive support for WA, here are some new names that I felt did an outstanding job:
And I'll give the official "Heart" award on the defense to 2 guys:
Brock Deatherage. I don't know how many of you know this, but Brock broke and/or dislocated a finger on his right hand early in the contest. He was out for few plays soaking it in ice when I asked him, "Are you going to be able to go..."
Jamie Billings. Lets just say that Jamie was the target of some "questionable" blocks along the line of scrimmage. On multiple occasions, Jamie came up hobbling and in obvious pain. If he had to come off the field, it was only for a play. On most occasions, he waved off the trainers and kept himself in the game in spite of the pain.
Talk about HEART! And, just as impressive, Jamie kept his cool and did his talking with his pads. That took a lot of discipline and showed me a lot of maturity.
Jr. Dexter Brower showed his freakish athleticism by playing "basketball defender" on the gridiron. Using a nice "reach in" technique that would make Warrior basketball coach Carter Gerlach proud, Dexter quite literally stole a pitch from Lloyd and then proceeded to scoop it up and take it to the house!! This play had the Warrior sideline jumping up and down and put the Warriors up 14-0. Good stuff! Dexter is a game changer and a highlight-waiting-to-happen. For this, DeXter earns the nickname....
Another nickname was earned on Friday evening. Its kind of a stretch, but here's how my mind works.....
Growing up, I was a big fan of Agent 007, otherwise known as Bond... James Bond.
007 always had just the right gadget at just the right time for just the right purpose.
If Bond needed submarine, his car could turn into a submarine.
If Bond needed to fly, his backpack would turn into a jetpack.
If Bond needed to breath underwater, his ballpoint pen would turn into an aqua lung.
There's a guy who plays for the Warriors who fits this mold. His name is Smith... Britton Smith. #9. Agent 009. From henceforth, to be known to me simply as "Bond."
Brit (which also fits the "British" requirement for playing James Bond) is Mr. "Johnny On The Spot" for WA. He had several huge plays on Friday night coming up with big tackles, important pass breakups; and a crucial TD catch.
While has hasn't (yet) turned his football helmet into a spaceship, it wouldn't surprise me! Mr. "Bond" (aka - Agent 009) has a lot of tricks still ahead of him!
Brit/Bond.... Just in case you are reading this, someone close to you (not naming names) suggested I give you the nickname "Sugar." I declined. YOU OWE ME ONE!
Can you imagine what opposing players would do with that "Sugar" nickname???? To me, you are just Bond; Agent 009!
Another great performance by Donovan "YAC" Apple. Donovan had close to 100 yards and another TD to open the scoring for the Warriors. Next week... YAC will go over 100 yards. Mark it down!
True story.... Sophomore QB, Trey McCollum, threw a bad pass (he knows it) in the second half that was picked off and very nearly retured for a Pick-6 by the Patriots. To be brutally honest, #2 didn't have the best game of his career on Friday evening. Just before the start of OT #1, I patted him on the back and said, "Now its time for you to win this game." His reply... A very simple, "Yes sir."
So what does he do... HE WINS THE GAME! A nifty scamper up the middle at the end of the 2nd OT etched Trey into the memory of all Warrior fans for a lifetime. It will be a play that is recalled and remembered for years to come... 20 years from now, this conversation will take place:
"Hey... Do you remember when McCollum won the game vs. Southern in double OT?"
"Yeah man! I was standing right here and saw it with my own eyes. It was incredible!"
Trey - I've got a nickname for you that is taking shape in my mind. But I'm going to hold onto for a little while longer just to be sure.
Trey's play didn't happen on its own. The Warrior OL had some difficulty handling the big SA DL, but they came through when it mattered. This group is progressively improving and starting to gel. Its going to be fun to watch their progression over the course of the season.
Another "person" who deserves a nickname is the collective Warrior Nation!
Quite simply... The peformance you put on at the end of the game was AMAZING!!!!!!!!
Cammo-clad Student Section!
All Warrior Fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A++ for your efforts. Without a doubt, you made a difference.
OK... I've got to wrap it up now.
I'll see you @ Graham on Friday night!!!!!!!!!!!!