Originally Posted by TOMCATS1990
So lets start. First, HHS has almost always played up in class, except for a few years when they were forced to play in their own class by the KHSAA. In fact, they have played 5A before and have rings from doing it. So playing up for HHS is nothing new. It's actually the norm. And playing up does not provide the other teams "twice the boys" to choose from. There are only a few schools in the entire state that have "twice the boys" to choose from. HHS consistently fields 85-100 kids. They have plenty of heads. But you did hit on talent. Which is the root of all this. They have dropped off in talent. I don't mean they haven't had some really good players, but depth of talent. That's what has been their demise. The last couple classes that went through just didn't have 1)the studs at the top level they had on the past and 2)the depth of talent they have had when they didn't have the top level studs. When you aren't a big school and you have a couple years of thin classes back to back, you see what can happen.
Next, Coach Mueller was awesome. He did a terrific job and had a great run of talent. But you do realize HHS had many state titles before he even stepped on the field right? So your analogy about Patriots is a stretch. They already had several rings before "Dale" stepped on the field.
And you're right, things don't last forever. And anyone would be silly to think the ride they were on while Mueller was in charge would be sustainable forever. But the actual ride started way before Dale was coach. And a long history tells us the real ride is not over. Just a speed bump. Will they get back to winning 10 in a row...not likely at all. That was unreal. But they will be just fine. Patients grasshopper!
Another factor some forget. It can go in cycles as well. If you're in the know at HHS, you know that many many HHS kids grow up, go to college, get married and bring their kids back to HHS. And if you do the math, wouldn't it be about time that some of the kids from some of the very successful teams are starting to cycle back around? So I know that some of the extremely successful players have kids on the way. Is that a prediction of greatness cause they'll repeat what their father did...Nope! But its a very good blood line to have and something to be very optimistic about other than having no idea what's coming. I'll take several offspring of very successful parents coming into the system in the very near future!
It's just comical how many come out to knock on them after an HHS down year two years ago (a year that many in the state would love to have) and a second year of there worst record ever. Its two years. HHS has be successful for a long time. And they have seen spurts in that time where they were not great and sometimes what I would consider average. So before we put them out to pasture, don't you think we might want to let time determine that. Because again, history tells us they always bounce back at some point.