One Year Anniversary and What I’m Thankful For

I know it’s completely unoriginal to do this sort of thing, but no one ever accused me of being creative.

I wrote my first post on this blog a year ago, about the Raiders-Cowboys Thanksgiving game, nothing special or remarkable about it, I just wanted to have a place to share my thoughts on football in general. Since then this thing has grown into a place that I’m proud of, and even though I’m still figuring this thing out as I go along, I wanted to thank each and every one of you who’ve made this thing what it is, because without readers, I’d be sitting here writing to myself. Thanks again and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.

Now, I don’t do this sort of thing often on the blog, but I’m gonna do some bragging on the teams that I’ve worked with the past few years.

(Also, before I get started I want to give a quick shout out and congratulations to John Maurek who runs the site. His Andrean HS team is playing for the State Championship this weekend)

Ben Davis Football

I don’t think anything makes me prouder than to see my alma mater back in the State Championship game here in Indianapolis again. Mike Kirschner, the head coach of Ben Davis, gave me my first opportunity to be a full-fledged assistant coach, and for that, I owe him and the program a great deal. As a result, it’s extremely gratifying to have watched the run this team has made this season, especially with the exciting way they’ve done it, coming back from 10 and 17 points down in the second half the last two games to win in the final two minutes both times.

Here is the highlight video from the dramatic comeback over Center Grove to send Ben Davis to the State Championship for the first time in 12 years.

The first play alone is worth watching.

This game is a rematch of a game that Ben Davis lost 37-14 October 3rd of this season at Carmel, where BD made a lot of mistakes, and Carmel took advantage of them. Ben Davis and Carmel are the two largest schools in Indiana, and both have 7 state championships each.

Watching the community come together behind this team has been something special, and no matter what happens on Friday, this is an experience that no one surrounding the program, fans, students, coaches, or players, will ever forget.

I want to share one final video before moving on. This is a piece of Coach Kirschner’s speech to the school on Wednesday at a pep rally for the football team before the school shut down for Thanksgiving break. To me, this is what coaching and high school sports are all about:

BD Coach Mike Kirschner and Carmel Coach Kevin Wright are two of the top coaches in the state, and this will be a much tighter game than the last time in my opinion. Carmel will come to play, as will Ben Davis, and I think you know whose side I’ll be on!

Indiana State Football

Finally I want to give a shout out to the Indiana State Sycamores, the team I spent three seasons with, for getting to the FCS playoffs for the first time in 30 years. I know how hard these kids, especially the senior class, has worked to get the program to respectability, and given the injury-plagued 1-11 season they went through last year, this year’s 7-5 record is amazing.

You may remember the incredible trick play on the kickoff return that Indiana State pulled off earlier this season against Missouri State that set up the winning field goal. The play made it on the Sports Center Top Ten that night.

Head Coach Mike Sanford and the rest of the staff has done a great job at ISU, and they will play at Eastern Kentucky in the first round of the playoffs this Saturday at 1:00. Good luck to the Sycamores!

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