In Aledo-land, because of its tradition to excel in football (as well as nearly every other athletic and non-athletic endeavor), August inceptions are to improve each day and each week in preparation for, certainly a district championship, but also to gird its loins for the calibre of competition the Bearcats will encounter in games 11 through (it is hopeful) 16. Getting the starting 22 players, not to mention the special teams squads, as many game-play repetitions as possible between the seasons’ first kick-off and the final clock-tick of the district season is, and should be, an on-going goal.
In trying to avoid “showing up” opponents, Aledo is already sacrificing valuable starting-player reps. It is hardly the fault of the Aledo staff — in fact, it is rightfully the aim — to put all of the components in place to present as daunting an opposition as possible to the other teams (who are out to beat you, by the way).
And with second and third-team players in the game, those kids are getting precious playing time. Playing hard during these opportunities is not an option — not only to do well, but to earn more playing time for themselves. Not playing hard is also an unwelcome invitation to get hurt.
It is truly a shame this silliness has provided a potential blemish on an otherwise stellar football season for the Bearcats.
One can only hope, from now through the postseason (and let’s go ahead and include “forever,” shall we?) sports journalists will not enhance articles, broadcasts and/or blogs with mention of this nefarious incident.