Kids can be funny sometimes, especially high school athletes. As Burlingame football coach John Philipopoulos was wrapping up his post-game talk with his team following a 51-0 win over South City Friday night, he talked about how all the team’s hard work was paying off with three convincing wins to start the season.
Philipopoulos ended his talk and brought the team up with this: “And to celebrate this win, we have practice at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday)!”
The team huddled up and broke out with a “Panthers!” cheer.
As I was interviewing Philipopoulos afterward, one of players of the game, running back Manase Palu, came up to his coach to ask him about what to wear at practice the following day.
Coach Philipopoulos said players were to wear what they normally do for practice.
By this time, Keone Keahi had sidled up next to Palu, saying, “I thought we got to celebrate this win?”
At which point I chimed in, “You do. Until 8 a.m. tomorrow.”
Friday night is one of those can’t-miss games the Serra football team seems to play every season. The Padres kicked off the 2013 season with another agonizing loss to De La Salle and Friday night at San Jose City College, Serra gets another shot at the team that appears to have replaced St. Francis as the Padres’ nemesis: Bellarmine.
How big is this game? Prep2prep.com’s John Murphy reported NBC will have a camera crew at the game to tape highlights to be shown during NBC’s Sunday Night Football game between the Houston Texans and the San Francisco 49ers.
Serra lost twice to the Bells last season by a combined six points: 35-34 in overtime during the regular season and 17-12 in the Central Coast Section Open Division semifinals. In fact, Serra hasn’t beaten Bellarmine since a 31-23 decision in 2008. Since then, the Bells have won six straight, which includes a pair of playoff wins.
The combined points by which the Padres have lost in those games? Thirty-three, or an average of five points per loss.
Sunday may not have been the final nail in the coffin for Raiders coach Dennis Allen, but it was definitely another spike in his coaching pine box.
Down 10 points with about five minutes to play and near the red zone, the Raiders faced fourth-and-inches. Knowing they needed two scores — a field goal and touchdown to at least tie the game — the prudent move was to kick the field goal.
Instead, Allen decided to go all macho and go for it, apparently forgetting his offensive line is horrible. He then calls for a quarterback sneak and we all know the rest — Flynn gets no push behind that anemic line and then fumbles it.
Some on Twitter were saying it didn’t matter, that everyone thinks getting a touchdown on the next drive was a given. Even Allen said that a winning team has to be able to get a few inches.
That was not the time to decide to man up. The logical play was to kick a field goal to give the Raiders a chance — no matter how slim — to win the game. Instead, they botch the fourth-down play which ended Oakland’s shot at tying the game.
Sure, a winning team has to be able to move the ball a few inches, but there is a time and place for everything. That was not the time nor the place.
How do the Oakland Raiders really know what they have in quarterback Matt Flynn? The only reason Terrelle Pryor appears to be a savior is because he makes up for a lousy offensive line with his ability to scramble out of trouble.
Flynn is your typical pocket passer who needs time from his offensive line. He was sacked seven times Sunday, a majority of which falls on the line’s abysmal blocking. The fans at the Oakland Coliseum who were booing Flynn were booing the wrong guy. The fans should have been upset with an offensive line that has been in shambles since training camp.
Flynn may never be the answer in Oakland, but playing behind that offensive line, we may never know.
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