After Further Review: Cole Young 9/12

Cole Young

By Cole Young PrepsKC Columnist
Posted: September 12, 2013 - 8:14 AM

I’ve always been the kind of person who can tell what kind of Monday I’m going to have during the fall based on how the Chiefs played the day before.
When it’s a win, life is good. The alarm doesn’t hurt quite as much. Things in life are just generally better. But when they lose, and my wife will attest to this, I’m not happy. I don’t want to watch the highlights or even think about the game at all.
It’s the same way for high school teams. Wins are obviously the most important thing, but it seems even more important to get a win early in the season.
The fact is, winning breeds winning. Confidence is higher and practices are crisper.
More importantly, especially for young teams, is that once a team learns how to win, they know what it takes. So often I’ve seen a team with a history of winning find a way to pull out a victory over a team that has more talent at nearly every position.
A perfect example of a team this year that seems to know how to win is Harrisonville. The Wildcats have been in a pair of nail-biting games in the first two weeks.
A week after avenging a season-ending loss to Jefferson City Helias, the Wildcats found themselves down 14-2 to Savannah in the first half. Unfazed, they rattled off 29 straight points to win 29-22.
As teams head into the third week of the season in Missouri, it will be interesting to see if some of the teams that were able to scratch back to 1-1 are able to take that momentum and turn the all-important first victory into two, three or four.
Just like some teams were able to get in the win column during the second week, other teams like Park Hill South are hoping to find some success in the third week after starting with potentially the toughest first two games in the city. 
The Panthers, who had to face Fort Osage and Blue Springs the first two weeks now go into the middle portion of the schedule trying to build confidence before a looming matchup with Lee’s Summit West.
Regardless of when a team is able to find the first victory, it’s just important a team finds it in order to have the kind of season they’ve spent all summer dreaming about.