Nothing but pain on Friday for San Antonio area college and high school football fans. UTSA, UIW and Boerne High School all suffered heartbreaking losses in which early leads evaporated.
More than anything else, I want to express gratitude and admiration for all of those programs, who brought us so much pride and excitement this season.
I’m disinclined to get into detailed analysis of all or any of those games right now. Lotsa folks are hurting (including me) and I really don’t want to add to the pain. For now, I’ll just take an overview approach and leave it here. This contagious “Go Fever” epidemic that is sweeping through the sport apparently fries brain cells. No, you don’t have to go for it on every fourth down. Yes, there is a time to punt the football. Yes, field goals are good because points are good. Nothing crushes a team’s psyche more than getting zero points in the red zone.
Repeat after me. Points are good, even if they come in increments of three.
Football is not baseball. Rigid statistical “analytics” do not apply. Football strategy is as much art as it is science. Every game is different. Every opponent is different. Every in-game “flow” and situation is different. Every decision is guided by changing circumstances
One quick example and I’ll shut it down for now. UIW literally could have built up an early 30-point lead at North Dakota State. The Cardinal defense was strangling the Bison’s offense. Incarnate Word was in position to take NDSU out of what they do. But the Cards passed up easy points and allowed the Bison’s running game to get its “second wind,” which ultimately blew out the flame of UIW’s national championship hopes.
Repeat after me. Points are good. Even if they come in increments of three.
“Go Fever” can be fatal.
So how I am I going to treat my football pain?
With more football, of course.
Let’s go, Rice!