View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 10/3

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: October 3, 2013 - 5:46 AM



A football season can be a grind. Even though it really isn’t that long and every year it seems like it goes by quicker there are parts of the season that seem to go by slow.
That isn’t a bad thing. This is the part of the season that is the grind. We are five weeks in on the Missouri side and four weeks in on the Kansas side. By now teams know what they have, where they need to improve and who the top teams are going to be.
We are a month away from districts starting in Kansas and six weeks away from the beginning of the Missouri postseason. This is the time where each player coach and heck even journalist has to focus on the games in front of them.
For me the regular season breaks down into three parts. First comes the opening few weeks. That is where everything is new again and every team begins its quest with a sense of hope and optimism. Anything is possible in those first few weeks. We see some upsets and big wins but teams still have time to recover and improve from these first three weeks.
The next part is where we are right now. This is the grind. This is where coaches earn their money in my mind. When a team is off to a good start the coach has to keep his team on an even keel. The players can’t get too high and have to stay focused on the game in front of them.
This is the time players and fans might start looking far ahead to the postseason without remembering there are several weeks to play before you get there. Managing expectations can sometimes be harder than coaching a team up.
The other side of coin is the team that is struggling. Players might be discouraged that all of their high hopes for the season have ended because of one or two losses at the start of the season. Rebuilding confidence during this time can be the difference between a lost season or something special.
After the grind we have the district season in Kansas and the postseason push in Missouri. That’s when the excitement level seems to ratchet back up. Everybody has a chance again and then we start to find out what teams are really made of.
Football in the Metro is great every year. Just look at some of the games from the past week and this week. Even though the season can seem like a grind in the middle, it’s journey so you should sit back and enjoy it. I know I will.