Friday Louisville-area high schools Butler and Pleasure Ridge Park played to a finish reminiscent of what some think is the most famous football play of all time.
(Top: Pleasure Ridge coach, players thought ref whistled Butler player down)
Using a series of laterals much like California did to defeat Stanford on the final play of the game in 1982, Butler somehow scored as time expired in its game against Pleasure Ridge Park.
Remember the Stanford “band on the field” as the Cardinal yielded the game-winner to its PAC-10 rival? Friday’s Kentucky high school game finish had the same feel as Pleasure Ridge Park players left the bench during Butler’s game-winning play - thinking they had already won the game.
But even after scoring with no time left, Butler actually did the Cal Bears one better. Read more…
When we were in high school and playing football, we were fortunate in that our coach constantly pounded into our heads the importance of hydration, even past the point that we figured it was doing any good. Of the aspects of maturation that help a 14-year-old along his disjointed journey into manhood, a grown man yelling between wind sprints and blocking drills about the need for clear urine is way up there.
(From a moral standpoint - if not legal - the pangs of guilt must wrack him on a daily basis. It’d be worse if they didn’t.)
So we sort of took it for granted that all coaches felt the same way about making water readily available, especially during the grueling two-a-days of summer before the season began. Not so, apparently, as a Louisville-area high school is still reeling from the death of Max Gilpin, a 15-year-old player who was one of two players who collapsed during practice last summer. Worse yet, the coach is about to stand trial for reckless homicide in the incident.