Coach's Corner: Tim Crone 10/17
By Tim Crone Former Blue Springs High School Activities Director
All high school football games played for the remainder of the season will have playoff implications. It is just about as exciting as anything in life to advance to the playoffs.
High school football coaches who have teams with the potential to advance will be lucky to sleep four or five hours a day and will be thriving on adrenaline for the remainder of the season. Man I miss that.
At this point it looks like just about anyone in every class could make a run to the championship. In Missouri Class 6 many teams are still in contention to play for a state championship.
Blue Springs seems to be the favorite for the time being. It is a tremendously difficult feat to win back to back championships and they still have a difficult road ahead of them with great teams like Lee’s Summit, Liberty, Rockhurst, Blue Springs South, Ray-Pec, Columbia Rock Bridge and an improved Lee’s Summit North team.
Any of these teams are capable of defeating anyone on any given day. The Wildcats have a huge target on their back. I also feel that whoever wins this district will be the favorite to win the Class 6 championship. To play in this district prepares every team for state competition
Local Class 5 teams are also among the best in the state. If I had to pick one I would most likely pick Lee’s Summit West but the Titans have some stiff competition. Fort Osage is one of the most physical teams at any level. They play hard with a lot to prove right now. They will be a very tough out during playoff time. Staley and Winnetonka can also beat anyone at any given time.
In the smaller school class Oak Grove, Harrisonville and Pleasant Hill all have a chance to advance to the big show. It has been a long journey for Oak Grove to advance to the state championship and every game in their district will be a tough one. They have been very successful in the past years but have stubbed their toe at the end of the year. There is no doubt – every game will be a hard fought battle.
F. Scott Fitzgerald once stated, “I never blame failure - there are too many complicated situations in life - but I am absolutely merciless toward lack of effort.”
My advice to every player and coach is best said by Hall of Fame NFL defensive tackle Merlin Olsen, “Putting all of it together, making it happen, requires all of us to compete and to be able to accept a certain amount of risk - even the risk of failing. It’s essential that we learn to critique and evaluate our own performances in competition by examining positive elements that we wish to sustain, and seeking ways to grow and improve as we learn from our mistakes.”
Life-time memories are created with every single play in postseason. Players only have four years to experience high school athletic competition. Work hard and savor every situation. If you are lucky enough to win the ultimate prize of a state championship it will be a positive for the rest of your life. So high school players and coaches … enjoy the ride and enjoy the moment.
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