Scheduling???? (LexCath and CovCath)

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    Scheduling???? (LexCath and CovCath)

    I used to be under the impression that playing a demanding schedule, within reason, would benefit a team because they would have played tough competition and realized what their weaknesses were and then corrected them as much as possible come playoff time.

    But LexCath blew that theory apart last night.

    LC did play St. X & Harrison Co. early, but CCH played Moeller, St. X, Watterson, & Highlands & Harrison Co. very recently.

    It sure didn't seem to matter last night.

    Does the schedule not really matter???
    Does coaching have anything to do with it??

    Was LC better because they were healthy; I know CCH was a little banged up???

    I am totally perplexed; what are your thoughts???
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    LexCath also played LCA and Scott County. I also think LexCath worked more on winning in the postseason instead of worrying about not running up the score the last few games of the year so this doesn't surprise me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theguru
    LexCath also played LCA and Scott County. I also think LexCath worked more on winning in the postseason instead of worrying about not running up the score the last few games of the year so this doesn't surprise me.
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    All things being equal, a tougher schedule prepares you for the playoffs. LC is fortunate that any lack of challenge in their district is quickly made up with outstanding skill players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildcat
    I used to be under the impression that playing a demanding schedule, within reason, would benefit a team because they would have played tough competition and realized what their weaknesses were and then corrected them as much as possible come playoff time.

    But LexCath blew that theory apart last night.

    LC did play St. X & Harrison Co. early, but CCH played Moeller, St. X, Watterson, & Highlands & Harrison Co. very recently.

    It sure didn't seem to matter last night.

    Does the schedule not really matter???
    Does coaching have anything to do with it??

    Was LC better because they were healthy; I know CCH was a little banged up???

    I am totally perplexed; what are your thoughts???
    I'm not sure it matters when you play the tough games as much as that you actually played them sometime during the season. LexCath was tested early, experience they could draw upon when needed.

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    Playing a tough schedule can be a benefit but seriously, who did the Colonels beat? Bwood who lost in round 2, NCC who has a shot to make the finals, Boone who is decent and Harrison Co.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEERFAN
    Playing a tough schedule can be a benefit but seriously, who did the Colonels beat? Bwood who lost in round 2, NCC who has a shot to make the finals, Boone who is decent and Harrison Co.

    The question posed doesn't discuss wins and losses; the point is that playing good competition should expose weaknesses thereby allowing a team to improve by correcting them.

    I am not questioning how good CCH was, just the benefit of playing a difficult schedule, which I used to really believe in. Now I am not sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by westsider
    I'm not sure it matters when you play the tough games as much as that you actually played them sometime during the season. LexCath was tested early, experience they could draw upon when needed.

    Obviously it didn't slow down their offense.

    I just would have thought that 5 or 6 or 7 straight weeks of easy opponents, whatever it was, could have dulled their precision a bit; it certainly did not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildcat
    Obviously it didn't slow down their offense.

    I just would have thought that 5 or 6 or 7 straight weeks of easy opponents, whatever it was, could have dulled their precision a bit; it certainly did not.
    They do not have a "precision" offense. Its about getting the ball in the hands of playmakers and letting them make plays. On at least 2 of the long TD pass receptions, the ball was simply throw out wide and the receiver then did the rest.

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    Although LexCath won this game, I don't really think they're as precise as when they played against the likes of St. X and Scott County. I believe they would have continually improved if they had the opportunity to play against tougher opposition instead of a weak 7 team district (sorry, if this offends Harrison County, Franklin County, etc.) CovCath had only to play 3 district games which allowed them to improve against better competition as the year progressed.

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    Playing a tough schedule and peaking at the right time are keys. I have seen mant a team improve through the season to be at the top of their game come the playoffs. This year, IMO CCHS is not peaking and it has cost them. Look at some of the teams still playing and this can be said. LCA, Boone, John Hardin are a few to mention. The Birds took some lumps early and the young players that we have are now playing like the experienced players. That is what you work for.

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    Hard to believe an offense can rack up almost 600 yards in a playoff win against a team like Cov Cath and not be nearly as precise and be clicking as they can. It was not really a sharp game by Lex Cath offensively, and I feel this is attributed to the lack of competition they have faced the last half of the season. Playing poorly and winning as they did, should help them this week. They really needed a competitive game like they had against Cov Cath to get their sharpness back and to get the little things ironed back out as they had them in the first half of the season.

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    Playing a tough, competitive schedule helps you prepare for the playoffs. Games in which the outcome is never really in doubt, whether your team is on the winning or losing end, do not do much for preparing you for anything. When your opponent is not challenged and pulls their starters early in the second half, the game is not as valuable to either team as a hard fought win or loss is, IMO.

    To be the best, you have to beat the best. Simply playing the role of a punching bag doesn't quite cut it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cshs81
    They do not have a "precision" offense. Its about getting the ball in the hands of playmakers and letting them make plays. On at least 2 of the long TD pass receptions, the ball was simply throw out wide and the receiver then did the rest.

    Unbelievable...... my statement mentions the precision of their offense; that involves timing on screens, picking up blitzes, audibiling(which Burke has the freedom to do), timing of the blocking on running plays, sealing the edge on Burke's sprintouts, and other elements.

    I did not say it was a "precision" offense, but executing those elements of an offense most definitely require precision!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildcat
    Unbelievable...... my statement mentions the precision of their offense; that involves timing on screens, picking up blitzes, audibiling(which Burke has the freedom to do), timing of the blocking on running plays, sealing the edge on Burke's sprintouts, and other elements.

    I did not say it was a "precision" offense, but executing those elements of an offense most definitely require precision!
    Cool. I just think that someone could read "precision" and think "perfectly placed passes" or "precision routes". That was not required Friday night. Pick up the blitz, pass it out wide and let your athletes run.

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