Go for a 2 point conversion up 34?

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    Go for a 2 point conversion up 34?

    When a team reaches a 34 point lead. Should they go for 2? This would invoke the mercy rule allowing a running clock. I am personally against this. I like the opportunity for the starters to get as much game speed play each week as possible. 35 plus an extra touchdown allows this to happen. Thoughts?
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    Go for it. If you're up 34, how beneficial can it be for your starters to get more reps? They probably get better reps at game speed in practice.

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    I once told a coach who was predicting a blow out and he didnít want to embarrass the other team to go for a 2 point conversion early in the game. So when the time comes to get the running clock you are just kicking an extra point and not looking like you are rubbing it in at that point.

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    @THS2011, I get what you're saying, but if the intent of the rule is to protect the team getting beat badly then the mercy rule should be 35. As a 2 point conversion after you are down 5 TDs has always given me a "rub it in your face" kind of feel.
    If the intent is to get more than 5 TDs to get the running clock, then make the # 37 and teams wouldn't go for 2 and you'd get your starters more minutes.

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    If you're already up 5 scores, does it really matter?? Any "extra" reps for your starters probably won't mean a whole lot at that point. Maybe you do what you normally don't do. If you kick all the time, try two. If you normally go for 2, try kicking. But for me, if I'm up, I try to get the running clock as quickly as possible, to get the game over with and start preparing for the next one.

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    At Russellville Friday night it was cold and a steady rain. FS got up 34 went for two, made it. I really believe all concerned were somewhat relieved.

    If I am playing a team that I think has comeback potential given the opportunity I definitely am going for two up 34.

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    With football or basketball (the sports with running clock rules), you do whatever you need to to get that running clock. If you hit running clock in the first half, pull your starters at half time. If you hit running clock in the second half, pull your starters then.

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    I have noticed Male High usually goes for two in this situation.

    I prefer to see game extended so second/third team can play more. I can see it either way.

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    Zero issue with going for two in this situation. I understand not trying to embarrass the opponent, but chances are they already to that embarrassment stage.

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    You go for it without question or remorse. The opposing coaching staff would do the same and they completely understand. The only ones offended are the fans that really don't understand the game (and mommies and daddies) that get their butt's hurt over it.

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    every time

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    There was a similar thread some time back on this topic and I'll restate what was posted there.

    First, I'm always in favor of getting to 36 and starting the clock.

    However, last year's Beechwood/Russellville state semifinal game was a good example of why you don't necessarily go for two. Beechwood was clearly the favorite but most expected a 21~ point game. Things got out of hand early and Beechwood scored a fifth touchdown late in the second quarter (maybe early third), making the score 34-0. A two-pointer runs the clock. Beechwood chose to kick, slowing the clock, but giving their offense and defense another regular series against a good opponent (who just couldn't do much against Beechwood) in preparation for the championship game the following weekend. I don't know if it helped or not, but the logic behind kicking the extra point in that situation made sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple88 View Post
    @THS2011, I get what you're saying, but if the intent of the rule is to protect the team getting beat badly then the mercy rule should be 35. As a 2 point conversion after you are down 5 TDs has always given me a "rub it in your face" kind of feel.
    If the intent is to get more than 5 TDs to get the running clock, then make the # 37 and teams wouldn't go for 2 and you'd get your starters more minutes.
    I think the 36 number (instead of 35) probably factors in the fact that some schools don't have kickers and instead go for two every time.

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    Timely question given the scores we will see this weekend.

    I say go for it, but my team's coach never does and he has forgotten more about football than I will ever know so I must be wrong on this one.

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    I am neither for nor against it.

    I view it as a coaching decision to be made in-game and whatever the coach feels is needed I support it.

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