Harbor Creek dominated this game. Franklin moved the ball at times, but seemed reluctant to put a full body into a block or tackle and it resulted in stalled drives, turnovers and missed tackles and long runs by Harbor Creek who tallied over 500 yards on the ground..
The number of players that went down to injury or cramps was a testimaent to the heat. Even a referee had to leave ealy. It was that hot.
Humility, grace, personal accomplishment and teamwork are just some of the things good coaches bring to the experience. There are so many lessons learned about life that the winning and losing are predicated on the combination of raw talent, right time and right place, coaching and heart. Sports are about pride and acknowledgment being, at best, temporary. And how to deal with that is important.
Especially at the high school level.
As an aging human I get it--those hits hurt and take an eventual toll. I remember hearing a coach one time teach that the defensive body is a missile launched at a target. I also remember playing this way for the most part in my youth and now at 55 i have aches and pains that seem like they were from this attitude in youth.
Success comes from placing your mind and body to the brink.
"(Sports) is 90% mental and the other half is physical" - Yogi Berra
Franklin seemed timid to fully hit or explode towards the hole in the line. On some occasions blocks were totally missed by over committing and not angling toward the opponent.
Valuable lesson, though hard to learn on the spot. Good coaches persist and keep providing these lesson until they truly sink in.