Sunday, November 12, 2006

COM: Blogarithmic #170

What a great weekend!

Charles Bryant and i drove to Mesquite to see William Lawson, George Thompson, Ryan Ross and Chrispy Hoover lead the undefeated, No. 1-ranked Highland Park Scots in a come from behind win over West Mesquite for the District Championship. HP is also the defending state champs. It was a see-saw game the first half, with kickoffs stalled in mid-air by stiff winds, and a blistering cold wind spraying water from a fountain across the field, itself a surreal place with seating for 25,000, plush artifial turf, and a space needle looking antenna hovering over the south end of the field. The Scots wasted no time pulling ahead in the second half, and W Mesquite never again found the endzone. It ended 33-15.

We also filmed William for his part in the film The Extra Mile, and got plenty of action clips, including his three critical catches. William is a wide receiver but spent about 90 percent of the offensive plays on the field in their no-huddle, shotgun, spread offense. He's used a great deal of the time blocking for running back Alex Carroll, who they went to more than usual in the second half in order to gain the upper hand. They play North McKinney in the first round. Go Scots!

Got to spend some time talking to William and George afterwards too.

Then it was an all-night drive back to KV to be here for Schreiner Saturday, because Charles was an Ambassador with duties, and because i was meeting fam there for the day. Then we all headed to Holly's to celebrate Ruthie's birthday with an (as usual) incredible meal. Lots of our folks there -- besides Charles, Ruthie and the fam -- Marie and Jon Cearley, Boyd and Jeri Etheredge, John Ruth, Jerry Mertz, Sarah Tacey, Emily Houghton, Justin and Jim Shotts and their parents and uncle were there, and John Matthews later.

The fam headed out this morning for Plano via Enchanted Rock after Marie's famous French Toast. This afternoon we're all headed over to Warrior Theatre to try to put togther Snoopy's Doghouse for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. And then we may be taking in Borat tonight if any of us are left alive.

In other football news, well . . . it was another of those weekends, with losses from Texas A&M, Texas, Tivy and ITM.

Ingram had the chance to set some ugly history Friday night. If they'd won their game they would have been the first Texas high school team in history to go to the playoffs with a 1-9 record. It wasn't to be as they lost to Wimberley 56-0.

Nevertheless it made ITM statewide news this week -- consider this excerpt:

It's not a moneymaker. UIL executives swear that was not their thought
process about adding a fourth high school football playoff team from
each district this season in Class 5A.

It's more a balance thing. The intent is to stabilize the postseason, bringing
the amount of postseason participants from 96 to 128 in 5A. No more
uneven brackets. No more undefeated teams - or third-place teams -
facing off in the opening round.

More than half the state's 5A teams now will make the postseason.

As well intentioned as it may be, the reaction from coaches is mixed.

UIL athletic director Charles Breithaupt said about 90 percent of the
Class 5A coaches are in favor of the fourth team. Area 5A coaches either
are for the extra team or are adopting a wait-and-see approach. But some
area coaches in smaller classifications oppose any additions, and don't
want it to spread to the smaller classes.

Adding a fourth playoff team from smaller-class districts has not been
discussed by the UIL yet, Breithaupt said.

Good thing, too. Ingram Tom Moore and Carrizo Springs, both 3A schools
in four-team districts, entered the final week of the season with the
opportunity to make the playoffs with 1-9 records.

Tivy meanwhile still goes to the playoffs, but only after losing to Alamo Heights which clinched the district title with the 40-7 win. Tivy had beaten Heights the last four years running.

The lone other bright spot was Smithson Valley's dismantling of Churchill to win district. They play in the toughest district in San Antonio and south Texas, if not the state, and have become a consistent holder of the title in a region once owned by big SA schools like Churchill. They did pick up a loss this season, but i see them as making another long trek through the playoffs to the title game they have yet to win despite being oh-so-close more times than just about anyone else in the last ten years [for the record they've won eight district titles in the last ten years, and are 19-3 since bumping up to this district three years ago]. They play San Marcos next Friday in the first round of the playoffs. Go Brad and Taylor, Go Rangers!

Elsewhere, ITM's Cross Country team was at state this weekend after finishing second at regionals. I don't know individual finishes yet, but Wade King has been one of their top runners, as has Taylor Danielson, and i think you can throw Taylor Faust into that mix. And, of course, Garrett Whitten must be the state's top manager! The team finished 8th -- will update if i get more details.

In better news, although it's a sad situation, police arrested someone this week in the torching of Ridge Floyd's home in Kerrville. The arson itself was heinous not only because it was someone's home and had the earmarks of a hate crime, but also because it was a designated historic structure and Ridge has put tens of thousands of dollars into restoring it, which was money to preserve something valuable that did not come out of other folks' pockets. So someone's gift to the community was lost too. All too sad.

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