Game 11 Results
We lost our League Championship Title game 30-26 to go to 10-1 for the year. We won our 10 team division and were playing to be named the best of 40 teams in our age bracket 5-6 grade. The opponent had had just a single TD scored against their first team defense all season and just 3 total, they were very good and well coached.
Our kids came in ready, not over anxious. For effect, I chewed on an apple in the pregame “speech” to keep them loosened up, several of them “got it” and were smiling broadly and giggling a little. This game was a huge buildup and I didn’t want them to come in tight or like the game was a big burden hanging around their neck. We scored on our first 2 possessions and had them stopped on 4th and 2- they were punting, we line up with 12 on the field. First time in 21 seasons. Our mprs were getting snap counts coming in on punt return- adding 2 to the line-my bearcrawler coach- first year guy- watching the game instead of coaching it. My fault, they get the first and go on to score.
Up 26-14 in 4th, they score, kick onsides, my mpr is deer in the headlights, last guy in line. They hit reverse pass on 4th and 12, we have him wrapped up, one of my kids comes in for the assist and knocks my best player off the tackle, they score.
Mistakes I made: wasn’t aggressive enough with the playcalling in second half. We aren’t allowed to throw once up by 3 TDs so it hamstrings the flow a bit when you have won 9 of 10 games by 3 TDs and scored 3 TDs in the first quarter of maybe 6 of those. Spent lots of time this week on offensive and defensive adjustments which we executed pretty well, but we didn’t spend as much time on special teams as we should of. They hit 3 of their 4 PATs, we only hit 1.
We were healthy, had just 20 yards in penalties and had just the one turnover. The kids played real hard. We got the 2 foot trophy instead of the 6 foot trophy LOL. Very proud of our kids efforts, great season. HUGE crowd. They were heartbroken, crying etc, really invested. Great sports, kids, fans, coaches. Of course took 100% of the blame. I had the kids point to me as the one who lost the game- the one kid who knocked our guy off the receiver, was inconsolable, as was the kid who had the deer in the headlights.
My choice as I took the absolute 3 worst players to prove a point and we didn’t quite manage our true 6 mprs playing time equation well enough to pull out the win. Really proud of the kids. Hats off to the gutsy play of our opponent, they played and coached well for 40 minutes. We were invited to play at Kansas State Universitys, Bill Snyder Stadium next week against a pretty good all 6th grade team, that has been together for 4 years. We will see how our kids bounce back. Ive got 13 5th graders and 10 6th and 13 are first year players, will be quite a test.