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  1. In general, people under estimate the value of working your tail off in the offseason. I've had guys make huge improvement from end of season...spring....beginning of season.... end of season. When I see those guys excel, I am never surprised. But, I will have others express to me, almost shock... they can't believe how good the player has become. This especially applies to QBs. There is so much they can do between the ears, mechanics, understanding the playbook, etc. The opposite is true as well... if I see a guy with raw talent (especially QB's) but he does not love football, puts in no extra work prior to the season, and he struggles.... everyone else is surprised... but it doesn't surprise me. There is so much going on at the QB position, to be a great one, you usually have to be a football / quarterback geek. I also agree that JV teams can vary widely from week to week. If the varsity gets hit hard with Injuries or has a big game that week, you may see a horrible JV team. Same program has an open week.... may be a tremendous JV team you face that week....especially if their varsity program is struggling. Because of the culture of Highlands football that goes back decades, I would never underestimate how much a young man can improve in an offseason.
  2. Freshman Year: During Health class, first semester, our health teacher told us that in PE, in the past, the guys that didn't take a shower, got thrown in the shower. May of our freshman year, PE class, we start throwing guys in the shower, in their clothes. One day, one of those guys grabs a pipe so we can't throw him in the shower. Pipe comes down, busts open, water everywhere. Floods the lockerroom. Graduation is only a few days away. We get called to the Principal's office and we are in there with our Health/PE teacher. Principal was not real happy with Graduation in the gym and just a few days away. Our teacher tells the Principal, "I told these boys not to be throwing people in the shower." 🙂 We came in on a Saturday to clean it up. That was our punishment.
  3. Overwhelming. How else to describe it. Covid. Tragic accidents. Suicide. Cancer. The list goes on. Never seen anything like it in my lifetime. So many people are hurting because they have lost loved ones. I've had 5 and 1/2 years to recover from the loss of my Dad. Really no words to describe how much I loved him, the impact he had on me, and how much I depended on him, even up to the very end. I still find myself on Saturday mornings after a ballgame, starting to call him on my phone. A few days ago I walked in the house and Emma asked me what was wrong. I told her I was just really missing her grandfather. It still overwhelms me at certain times. My mom died just a few weeks ago. But, her suffering was so awful, it was a relief and I praised God that her days of anxiety and fear were over. The fact that she did not die in a mental institution was a miracle to be celebrated. Her passing was the end of an incredibly difficult journey. I love my Mom very much and I am thankful beyond words that she is well and whole as you read these words. A miracle that only Christ could make happen. So... how in the world do we do this? How do we keep going when our hearts are broken? I sure don't have all the answers, but here are some things that have helped me. I hope this can help others. 1- Praise God because I know I will see them again. I know this because of Jesus Christ. 2- Praise God in the details. When I am particularly sad and missing my Dad, I start remembering specific details about our times together. Over the past five years, I've walked across the wet field of grass in the rain, headed toward Commonwealth Stadium, to watch the Cats play Tennessee (November, 1973) many, many times. On that walk, I remember him talking about my great grandfather and that I need to pick a job based on what I love doing.... not what will make me the most money. I think that talk sealed the deal on coaching HS football. I have many more, but you get the idea. 3- I praise God when I see my family and know that my Dad would be so proud and happy. With my Mom's mental illness, he endured much more than he ever let on. There is no doubt in my mind that he did so to help me have the life I have now, and to have his family continue to grow and serve Christ. 4- I talk to his old players whenever I can. Or his friends. Or guys he coached with and against. Anyone that knew him. Anytime I visit with those guys, it feels like he is right there, even if just for a second. 5- I talk to others about him. Tonight, Cole Lanter (Boyle player/good friend of Trosper's) got to hear my Dad's dream... when he was at Boyle, he wanted to build one stadium where the Fairgrounds are located that would be used by both Danville and Boyle. He thought it would be great for the entire community. Obviously, that didn't work out. But, I want to be like my Dad in that regard... I would rather dream big and things not work out, than dream little and yes, you got little. 6- Look through old scrapbooks from when he coached. Read his words. 7- When I get up each morning, go out and be who I am... a follower of Jesus Christ and John Buchanan's son. That gives me a challenge each day to do my best, serve others, love others, and to have a GREAT attitude while I do it. 8-Look over at the field (our practice field/his old Mercer game field) and his old fieldhouse/lockerroom each day I go to the complex. That sidewalk is a time machine for me. I know they're not there, but it sure FEELS like my Dad and Robert Allen are standing on that sideline, late at night after a game, or during practice. Sometimes, I do feel like he is laughing at me when I get frustrated. That's a good thing because it feels like we are together on that field for a moment. 9- Thank God that I had a great Dad. I would rather have a great Dad and he is no longer here, than have an awful Dad and he is still here. 10 - I remember them the way I choose to remember them, especially my Mom. Her mental illness... that was not her. When I think of my Mom, she is her best. And...that is who she is NOW. Praise God. 11- Listen to old music... what he enjoyed and also what would be on the radio when I was with him and was growing up. 12- All of this... do it ONE DAY AT A TIME. When I think of a lifetime without my Dad, no way. But, TODAY, I can do this. I will get up tomorrow, and do it again. I hope this can help someone. Praise God... He gave us the people we love, He will never abandon us, and He has given us the ultimate & eternal victory in Christ Jesus.
  4. Mixed emotions. Happy for my wonderful friend, Jeff Hester and his retirement from Boyle County HS. But, hate to see such a tremendous man and coach leaving KY HS Football. .
  5. Exactly what it will look like, I don't know. But, I do know that some Superintendents have shared their thoughts with some KFCA Elected Council members, which we appreciate.
  6. The address to send donations for the fund set up for Coach Scroggins' children's education: Republic Bank and Trust 4808 Outer Loop Louisville, KY 40219 Attn: Scroggins' Children's Education Fund Please share. Please contribute. #LoveYouCoach #ThankYouTy
  7. Jared Peck hit a home run with that article. He cut through the smokescreen and told the truth.
  8. If we really want to treat all sports the same, then we tell every football school they are in the postseason automatically, they don't have to play everyone in their district in the regular season, & you can do a draw for the postseason district tourney. Football, baseball, & basketball are NOT the same.
  9. No one. That is part of the reason there is not a response for every school. Even if every coach responded, we would not get to 220 because some schools did not have a head coach.
  10. Also, several programs were without head coaches at the time of the survey.
  11. We (Mercer County) have much respect for CAL & Henry County. Still, would be big improvement for KY HS football for all of us to have a NEW opponent in November for the first two rounds. Of the 20 games we played in 2019 & 2020, seven of those were vs. CAL or Henry Co.
  12. The KY Football Coaches Association surveyed the KY HS HFC's in response to concerns about the playoffs. Thank you to Julian Tackett & the KHSAA BOC for their willingness to consider this issue in their next meeting. It was overwhelming, our coaches do not want to play in their own district for the first two rounds of the playoffs. Two years ago when we presented our case, we were criticized because only 90 coaches had responded. This time, we had 193. We are doing a much better job of speaking with one voice. Great job by Coach Marc Clark of McCracken Co. HS w/ the graphic! #transparency
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