Welcome back, Coach. Here’s a roundup of stories.
1. How COVID has turned Oklahoma coaches into a ‘Southwest Airlines scheduler’ (The Oklahoman)
We already know a high school football coach is juggling several different jobs — coach, mentor, field maintenance worker, academic advisor, trainer, etc. Well, add airlines schedule to the mix.
After the Carl Albert (Okla.) football team won its district opener at Guymon last Friday, Corley, the Titans’ coach, had a five-hour bus trip to begin planning to find a new opponent for their Week 5 game. Carl Albert was set to face longtime rival Guthrie, but the Bluejays had a student-athlete test positive and were forced to quarantine for two weeks, canceling the game.
Corley and his assistants began pulling schedules and looking for options. Could they rearrange district matchups and try to play Guthrie at a later date? Could they do that while being able to play every remaining opponent?
“I feel like most high school coaches feel like a Southwest Airlines scheduler,” Corley said. “Trying to change things every week, every day, every minute.”
Corley said he thought they found a plan to play Lawton Eisenhower, which was their Week 10 opponent, this Friday while moving the Guthrie game to Week 10.
That’s when his phone rang Saturday morning. It was Bixby coach Loren Montgomery.
Bixby’s Week 5 game at Putnam West had been canceled, as well. Montgomery, who has twice this season had to reschedule games after cancellations, quickly looked at teams who would need a game. He first looked at opponents of teams playing Putnam City or Oklahoma City schools, since both those districts shut down athletics Monday citing Oklahoma County’s COVID alert Orange Level 2 status.
He reached out to Deer Creek and Midwest City. Then Montgomery found out Enid had canceled its Week 4 game against Jenks at the last minute because of contact tracing related to Guthrie — which announced only an hour earlier it had to shut down for two weeks — from a junior varsity game earlier in the week.
Guthrie’s Week 5 opponent? Carl Albert.
“I called Coach Corley to see if he would have any interest in playing,” Montgomery said. “They were trying to move up a district game but were unable to accomplish that. So he called me back and said, ‘Let’s do it.’”
How are you managing to fill out your team’s schedule this season with all of the quarantine postponements?
2. How Andy Reid outflanks opposing defenses with the screen game (Touchdown Wire)
The Kansas City Chiefs have a number of weapons on the offensive side of the football, chief among them quarterback Patrick Mahomes. But Reid seemed a master at outflanking the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night, and it was evident on the ways he attacked their defense in the screen game.
This article is filled with embedded videos and play design pictures, so check out the types of plays that are going for big yards in an AFC rivalry matchup.
How are you using the screen game to create big plays in you offense?
3. Could 3-On-3 Football Be The Key To Drawing More Youth To The Sport? (CBS 4 Minnesota)
What came out of the postponement of high school football In Minnesota has been a lot of creative ideas to grow the sport.
Travis Walsh, a standout college player and veteran college coach of more than two decades, has found a way to make it fun. He noticed kids playing basketball and soccer, but not football — so he asked them why.
Those interactions inspired him to create three-on-three football. The reason is simple: You will touch the ball.
“Quarterbacks, on average, just if you took sheer averages, are getting 100 throws. We had a receiver the other night who had 43 in-game catches. We had a quarterback that threw 27 touchdowns,” Walsh said.
Do you think small-sided football could work in bringing more youth players to the sport?
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