Going For 2 To Start A Running Clock - State Championship Edition

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View Poll Results: Is going for 2 to start a running clock in the state finals "classless"?

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  • Yes, it's absolutely classless.

    1 1.19%
  • It isn't classless, but I wouldn't choose to do it.

    3 3.57%
  • No, it isn't classless.

    77 91.67%
  • Other (Please Explain In The Thread)

    3 3.57%
  1. #16

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    I don’t know, but I bet MS really wanted to break that steak even if they lost. I’m sure it wasn’t fun for them but one more point really did not change much for them.
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    You got them on the ropes; go for the KO.

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    I was the one that said it was classless.... I was joking.

    I am fully in the camp that thinks you should run it up whenever you can, and especially in a championship game.

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    Was once seated behind a Visiting Team bench during a first round 1 seed vs 4 seed game (so no one was there) and the visiting team coach was going nuts because the Home team went for 2 up 34-0 ....................with 5 minutes to go in the second quarter. Yelled to his players they were being disrespected. When Home team failed on the 2 point try due to a dropped pass he implored his team that this was the start of their comeback for being disrespected so badly!! They promptly fumbled the kickoff on their own 18 yard line and 1 play later it was 40-0 running clock. Ended 47-6.

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    You play to win the game!

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    So there's only been one person who has voted that it is classless. Not trying to call you out, more just hear your take on it @Squirrel would you mind to give us your thoughts?

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    In no way was it classless. To MadSouth’s credit they continued to fight dispute the lopsided score late into the third quarter. As a coaching staff and players you have to keep your foot on the gas until you feel the win is secured. The running clock helps the winning team do just that. I believe the CovCath coaching staff have shown all season long they are not the type of program that is going to add insult to injury by running up the score on an obvious win. In every game that resulted in a running clock they pulled their starters in a reasonable time thereafter and called off the dawgs. There were many games where they could have named the score and didn’t. To me that showed a lot of class and integrity of the coaches and staff running the team and program.

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    It depends on the team you are playing. If Trinity is playing Seneca or J-Town don't do it, you'll get there anyway. If you're playing a team that capable of coming back from a 35 point deficit, and I would argue that most likely a team in the championship game is capable, then you do it because the team won't get enough touches to comeback.

    Didn't LexCath lose an opening game to St. X a few years back after opting not to go for 2 and a running clock late in the first half only to see X storm back and beat them in the second half?

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    Get the running clock when you can.

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    I recall that this happened in the Belfry-LexCath final a couple of years ago...in the second quarter.

    I do not recall any angst or issue with the move. In fact, it was expected before the TD was scored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Truthsayer View Post
    Didn't LexCath lose an opening game to St. X a few years back after opting not to go for 2 and a running clock late in the first half only to see X storm back and beat them in the second half?
    Lexington Catholic was up 28-0 before St. Xavier made the huge run. There was never a point where the running clock was in position to be in play, although the big comeback shows why you should absolutely finish a team if given the chance.

    Down 28-, Taylor-led St. X rallies past LexCath | USA TODAY High School Sports

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