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    Quote Originally Posted by Run To State
    How would different play calling make a difference? Power running game for one. Did you see that at all? I didn't. A full house backfield wasn't even an afterthought.
    You say the short game was taken away from them, quick outs, slants and 5 to 10 yard passes. How can something be taken away from you when it isn't even a part of your offense to begin with? That's the fact you seem to be ignoring. How many games have you watched the Birds play this year? I've watched them all. Sorry Wildcat, but I saw no adjustments made at halftime to a great game plan by the LexCath coaching staff. That falls on Dale and his staff, like it or not.

    Has Highlands employed a power runing game all season? Not in the 5 games I have seen; a coach can't just run something they haven't practiced. It is a lot easier to sit in the stands and say they should run a certain offense, but no team has every kind of offense in. High school coaches, especially the good ones like Mueller, mold the system around the athletes he has, which is exactly the type of offensive system he employed.

    Last season they became 85%+ run, and it led them to the final. When they had Gino and Jared, they obviously threw it around more. When Jared was a senior, he went to Lorenzen running a lot. No coach in NKY is better than adapting his system to fit his athletes.

    They ran more quick hitters right at the defense in the 2nd half; they did less play action in the second half; they protected Cecil better, not perfectly, but much better due to adjustments in the blocking scheme.

    LC was too good and overcame any adjustments Highlands made.

    LC is better- face the reality!
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    Quote Originally Posted by raiderbird
    Who else should you blame in this case????????????

    Lexington Catholic; they were the better football team; pretty simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HHSballer19
    When you can't even block a blitz, how do you expect Highlands line to line up and run it straight at them? It doesn't fall on the coaching staff. Players win the games, not the coaches. Players need to step up in these situations and make things work. Plain and simple. You could have the greatest game plan in the world and still you don't win. PLAYERS win the game.

    Thank you for some OBJECTIVE analysis.

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    Congrats to LexCath...

    The "hump" is now in the rear-view mirror !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HIGHLANDS GUY
    When in doubt blame the coaches.
    Duh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildcat
    Has Highlands employed a power runing game all season? Not in the 5 games I have seen; a coach can't just run something they haven't practiced. It is a lot easier to sit in the stands and say they should run a certain offense, but no team has every kind of offense in. High school coaches, especially the good ones like Mueller, mold the system around the athletes he has, which is exactly the type of offensive system he employed.

    Last season they became 85%+ run, and it led them to the final. When they had Gino and Jared, they obviously threw it around more. When Jared was a senior, he went to Lorenzen running a lot. No coach in NKY is better than adapting his system to fit his athletes.

    They ran more quick hitters right at the defense in the 2nd half; they did less play action in the second half; they protected Cecil better, not perfectly, but much better due to adjustments in the blocking scheme.

    LC was too good and overcame any adjustments Highlands made.

    LC is better- face the reality!
    Yes they have, quite a bit. You need to watch them more.

    I have no idea what you were watching in the second half.

    I never said they weren't. Point out to me where I said that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Run To State
    Duh!
    When you are getting whipped athletically in every phase of the game it probably isn't scheme. Highlands was lucky to not be down more throughout the game. You should be praising the coaches for all they did this year particularly in this game.

    If the problem was Dale it was that by outcoaching Rodenberg he gave too many people unrealistic expectations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HIGHLANDS GUY
    When you are getting whipped athletically in every phase of the game it probably isn't scheme. Highlands was lucky to not be down more throughout the game. You should be praising the coaches for all they did this year particularly in this game.

    If the problem was Dale it was that by outcoaching Rodenberg he gave too many people unrealistic expectations.
    That could very well be true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HIGHLANDS GUY
    When you are getting whipped athletically in every phase of the game it probably isn't scheme. Highlands was lucky to not be down more throughout the game. You should be praising the coaches for all they did this year particularly in this game.

    If the problem was Dale it was that by outcoaching Rodenberg he gave too many people unrealistic expectations.
    Look, when you are so predictable as to what you are going to do for the majority of the game on offense, it isn't that hard to shut it down particularly when you are playing against a team with great athletes such as LexCath. They are one heck of a team. But simply put, Dale had a better game plan for Colerain than he did for LexCath and I know you're not going to tell me that LexCath's defense is better than Colerain's. Are You?
    You praise him all you want. I choose not to, thank you very much. I'm not even saying Highlands would have won the game because LexCath is such a good team. I am saying they could have been more competitive offensively. The defensive game plan for Highlands was extremely good.
    So in short, you continue to pat Dale on the back for his game play Friday, and I'll continue to call him on what I felt was a poor one.

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    Well, first of all, congratulations to the winner, LexCath. I did not see the game, but from what I've heard from those who did see the game, the better team did in fact win. Best wishes to the Knights the rest of the way (although I must admit that I am now pulling for BG to win it all in 3A).

    As for Highlands, it was a tough shut-out loss at home, to be sure. The team was young this year, and certainly some important goals were accomplished, such as winning the district with a 3-0 record (including beating CCH at CCH, definitely the highlight of 2005 for the 'Birds), finishing the year ranked first in NKY yet again, and winning two playoff games in impressive fashion. However, the team's ultimate goal, repeating as state champion, was not met, which means that the returning players (plus the new guys for next year) will have to work doubly hard this offseason and next season to make up for this shortcoming. I have no doubt that the players and coaches will be up to the task... year in and year out they almost always are.

    It seems that many BGP'ers are critical of Coach Mueller's play-calling in the LexCath game. When it comes to the intricacies of play-calling, I don't know jack (plus, I wasn't even at the game), so my insights on this will of course be limited. However, it really sounds like LexCath had the better, more talented team. It's hard to beat a well-coached, motivated team that is just plain "better" (just ask Boyle County after their championship loss to HHS last year). Thus, I wouldn't be so quick to blame the HHS coaching staff for this loss. Likely, given the talent level of this year's HHS team, I'd have to say that Mueller and Co. did a great job of working with what they had, especially during the second half of the season. Not many people gave the 'Birds much chance at all of beating CCH at CCH this year (heck, many thought it would be a blowout), and the 'Birds put together a great all-around effort to pull off the upset. Also, I'm very impressed that HHS' defense held LexCath to just 17 points, even without playing HHS' "best" player (with regards to pure talent, at least) on defense for most or all of the game.

    Finally, I want to make one last point, and this one is directed to all the present and future HHS players reading this post. I don't know what all happened this past season, but I heard a lot of talk that there were some negative locker-room issues for Highlands that made it hard for the squad to fully come together as a true team. If these issues did not happen, then that's good. But if they did, then those directly involved in this affair need to realize that Highlands football does not exist merely to provide them with a stage to show off their football prowess. There's a reason why HHS does not put names on the backs of their jersies... the only name that matters is the one on the front of the jersies: Highlands. If any player(s) believe that they are bigger than the Highlands football program, then they need to wake up fast from their dreaming. The program has been around since 1915, has won 16 official state championships (plus three mythical state titles), and has won God-knows how many district titles, regional titles and NKAC titles. This program, and those who sincerely support it, could care less about how great individual players think they are, or how much playing time they think they deserve. The success of this program was not built on such a "me-first" mentality, and any future successes will most certainly not be due to this warped perspective. So, to all the present and future HHS players, remember this: the HHS football program does not exist solely to benefit you and provide you with a venue to "show your stuff." Instead, your decision to join the team should mean that you understand that your individual success is not the desired endpoint; no, the success of the team --- winning with integrity --- is the ultimate prize. To accomplish that goal, sometimes individuals must play supporting, and not lead, roles on the team. If you are not able or willing to understand and/or accept this fact, then you need to turn your equipment in to Coach Mueller's office ASAP and take up checkers or something... got it?????

    Again, congratulations to LexCath for the great win, and best of luck to Highlands in 2006. Also, best wishes to all the HHS senior players. Go 'Birds!

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    jb, I hate it when you hold back. What are you really thinking? Just kidding of course.

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    Jbwill - I don't know if what you are hearing is true; but, if it is, I agree with you 110%!

    Excellent post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdsfan
    Jbwill - I don't know if what you are hearing is true; but, if it is, I agree with you 110%!

    Excellent post.
    Right now, I'm still in shock that the season is over. It's been awhile since HHS has not played on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Despite the evidence to the contrary (i.e. how good teams like LexCath and BG are this year, and the youth of HHS' team), I really believed that HHS would win it all again in 2005. I must admit it was painful to enter in the "0-17 L" next to the LexCath game on my website this past Saturday. I am VERY hopeful about next year's prospects, though!!!!

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    JBWill, I heard of plenty of grumbling all season long. Lots of people putting ideas of entitlement into many of the kids heads. I believe most of the issues were resolved by season's end. The bluebird faithfull should be encouraged by the talent coming up through the system.

    I know this group this year had the talent to make this a game, but I do not believe the team was put into position to do so. HHS was lucky the game was as close as it was. You cannot lose the field position battle like they did on Friday. NO adjusment of any consequence was made at the half by the Birds. This staff believes that its game plan is infallible. Lex Cath is too good of a team not to have a contingency plan. I do believe this loss will be treated like the Boyle loss of a couple years ago. Birds will be back in '06. It is a tough lesson in life for the seniors involved, but for all coaches and players returning...Go elephant and never forget!

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    Congratulations to LC for a great game, and good luck the next 2 weeks!

    As a HHS backer, you never want to lose, but to look back at the beginning of the season, and replacing 75-80% of your starters from last year ... the 'Birds easily exceeded my expectations! Looking forward to '06!

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