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October 23, 2013

Mark Maynard: Bullying in Texas football? 10/24/13

ASHLAND — The Aledo, Texas, high school football team found some unwanted and unwarranted attention for its 91-0 victory over Forth Worth Western Hills on Friday.

The school district was turned in for bullying by a parent from Western Hills. That led to an investigation that found absolutely no grounds of the accusation.

That was the absolutle correct action.

The parent from Western Hills obviously had his/her feelings hurt about the lopsided outcome of the game. But instead of going to the Western Hills coaching staff and asking what could be done so this never happens again, the parent decided to point fingers at the coaching staff on the other side of the field.

The parent did make it clear the Aledo players showed excellent sportsmanship throughout the game, never trash-talking the Western Hills players during the rout.

Aledo threw only 10 passes the entire game and the best running back had five touches (four went for touchdowns).

There was also a running clock which, to me, is amazing how they could score that many points in limited time.

Aledo has scored a lot of points on most teams though, averaging more than 70 points per game.

They led 56-0 at the half against Western Hills and played mostly second- and third-team players in the last two quarters.

Most coaches understand in a lopsided game that starters are going to play for a half before the twos and threes emerge. That’s exactly wht happened.

Aledo Coach Tim Buchanan even had his punt returner fair catch balls after he had two long returns for touchdowns in the first half.

He met with the Western Hills coach John Nayor at midfield after the game and apologized for the score.

“I felt bad about the way the score ended up,” Buchanan said. “He said, ‘Coach Buch, it should have been a lot worse. You did a good job of not scoring 100.”

Aledo scored one out of every three touches. Seventeen different players ran or caught passes in the game.

“I’m not sure we could have done a whole lot to keep the score down other than taking a knee or punting on first down,” Buchanan said.

For years while covering high school football in this area, I’ve watched coaches do everything they could to not run up the score on anybody.

Coach Ivan McGlone is one of the best at keeping the score respectable even when he had far superior teams at Russell. I can remember covering games where he’d have as many as 20 different players carry the ball and most of the time it was between the tackles.

He always respected the other team for the effort given.

But, as a coach, you should never tell your players to quit playing no matter the score. I always found it more disrespectful when teams would take a knee throughout a series than if they just ran simple plays up the middle.

Of course, I’ve also witnessed games when coaches would run up the score, but in most cases anyway, they had a reason.

What goes around, comes around, if you know what I mean.

But in this situation in Texas, where high school football is king, it was far from a situation of bullying. It was a situation of being that much better.

It was one parent taking himself or herself a little too seriously because the son was on the losing end of a lopsided score and nobody should have to endure that.

Well boo-hoo.

Everybody doesn’t always get a trophy at the end of the season. We have to start playing for keeps at some point.

“Messiah” update

Carl Taylor reports he has had 14 individual responses and indications from three churches they have members who wish to sing in the “Messiah” Sing.

Almost all orchestra parts are covered and the soprano and alto soloists are committed. Taylor has contacted both Marshall and Morehead State music departments and expects to have some singers from those schools as well. He is also soliciting singers from churches in the Tr-State area.

 The community volunteer “Messiah” Sing will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Ashland Plaza Church of the Nazarene.

The choir will rehearse at 2 p.m. the day of the event. Taylor said he’d like to have 100 singers for the nine or 10 selections that will be sung.

There is a possibility of additional rehearsals in the evening as December approaches.

Those who wish to sing or play may email Taylor at carl.taylor@boyd.kyschools.us.  

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at (606) 326-2648.

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