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  1. The MC win is the win that set the tone. No one realistically felt Vance had a chance. The teams I fear most in the playoffs are teams that have a very string defense and are confident! Right now Vance has both of these things in abundance. Offense is fickle as Richmond County found out. Most games that are close or controversial come down to offensive play or issues. If your defense is lock down there is no way to be cheated, embarrassed, or blown out. The goalline stop early in t he game let Vance build confidence. To me the game was won there. Vance may humiliate Leesville road. 704Cougar If Brand were here they'd be in same spot IMHO. He built that energy and program from ground up. They may even be better. The big key was Vance hiring a great coach, great scheme, and keeping assistants at the school. Felt MC was too cooky and smelling themselves as many say. Vance has had a run of players the past 5-6 years that truly brought into what Coach Brand was preaching and it set a culture thats bigger than a single coach. As long a Vance has a good to great coach they will challenge. Remember Independence 2004? Maybe one of the best Indy teams of all time. Knotts wasn;t there, but his finger prints all over that team. Same with Vance 2019. Brand attitude all over this team. What transpired in RC Friday was a coaching clinic. Coach Ferbe gets 100% credit for that masterpiece.
  2. Glen I agree coaches should have a say. My point is that when everyone complains or thinks its unfair it leads to further chaos. No one wants to work hard or deal with the hand dealt. They just complain. Its not a liberal/conservative, black/white, rich/poor, or coach/player issues. Its a societal issue in which everyone wants instant gratification and the focus has shifted from the team, to the individual. People are more selfish in American society. Everything people consider is for their benefit. That's why social media has the "Like" function. Its about self. So when people only consider their best interest and not other s the system breaks down into foolishness.
  3. LOL. The reason the rules are made is because of threads like this. everyone wants a handout when it benefits them, and everyone wants to complain about what does not benefit them. The coaches want expanded playoffs, the coaches like the multiple state title teams because it benefits them. When the playoffs were not expanded the coaches felt it was unfair. We are our worst enemies.
  4. J-Heat1110

    Richmond Lights

    Glen, the concussion issue is real. I worked with USA Football a few years back and that was one of our biggest concerns. As you mentioned the trickle up effect had already been felt by the NFL. The Heads up program was specifically designed by the NFL to offset suburban movement to other sports like soccer, lacrosse, and baseball, and urban youth from AAU basketball. The studies found that youth were abandoning football altogether at early ages in lieu of these other sports, and the quality of youth football declined significantly. To make matters worse as the quality and participation levels dwindled, we saw a big rise in elite/travel type football teams which then "stacked" youth teams and they played in regular leagues and just killed teams until the post season or travel season. Like AAU basketball, they used the rec. leagues to basically have a regular season sked, not thinking about the overall effect on the game. Most of the physical mismatches which lead to big hits, unfair scores, injuries, happen in these Allstar vs. regular team games. Kidson the regular teams sometimes give up football altogether. Bottom line is football is dying and will likely die unless we can find a clear cut way eliminate the effects of concussions or determine exact causes or who they effect the most. We would be silly to think running into other people at full speed repeatedly would;t have an effect on our brains/body. Then the less we hit the worse the game becomes especially along the lines. Not sure of a clear cut solution, but I applaud Richmond for a first class game day experience.
  5. J-Heat1110

    4AA West Bracket Discussion

    704Cougars ding, ding, ding. Its crazy. Had MC got Adrey Kell they are still playing. The joy of the playoffs was playing top rivals/local schools deep in the playoffs. Having to sit a week in HS football is not a benefit, its a detriment. Getting prepared mentally, hitting someone, staying fresh, the game motions mean so much at this level. You see top colleges schedule cupcakes before rivals not so much for the win but the rhythm. Football season has a process, and playoff bye weeks are not part of it. Playoff blowouts are. Then to get a top 5 in state rival game 1? Vance is really good. let me repeat. Vance is really good. One more time. Vance is really good. Did I mention Vance is really good?
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    4AA West Bracket Discussion

    Btango its arrogance, dumb bye weeks, and opponents making adjustments and playing better. Having a bye week then playing a top 5 in the state type opponent thats a rival is a set up. Had these teams been teams outside of Charlotte MC wins. But because they all were rivals, it makes it so much tougher to win the 2nd game. Football in Meck Co is loaded at the top. Richmonod gets Hough, whereas MC got a loaded Vance team with a chip on their shoulder. If MC had gotten any type of game last week they are better offensively. This is where penalties/personal fouls come in. Guys are just too juiced and lose focus. The rhythm of preparing for a football game is mental toughness/focus. Nothing can replace it from the youth level, HS, college. To me many games are won with football related prep, rhythm, and momentum. beating Butler gave Vance a mojo, that a bye week rematch can;t match. Also MC players are a little arrogant. D1 chasing type attitude vs. hard work attitude. Wont even mention the "rental" QB going down in flames two years straight. MC has played a 1top 10 regular season rematch every year since the 2015 title. This makes it very tough , and you have to be laser focused in these type of games vs. thinking someone going to lie down for you.
  7. J-Heat1110

    4AA West Bracket Discussion

    Raider7967 hwy1/raider stadium is awful to get in and out of. Meyers Park is close, but not as bad as MP has some parking on the student/bus side. If RC losses the oarking aint as bad. If RC wins plan on being at the stadium 1-2 hours after the game ends. LOL
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    4AA West Bracket Discussion

    Dreboy, yeah 218 is a breeze. Still will be a mess getting into Rockingham off of Hwy 1. Getting in and out of that stadium if MC plays there will be crazy. As I mentioned before its a transitive property between MP, MC< and RC. MC>RC, MP > MC, and RC > MP. Really think MP is gonna have a hard time dealing with Hood and #33. Its a different RC team this year. Just like MC is different. Can't wait!
  9. MP bigly. AK great season, MP bigly though
  10. J-Heat1110

    4AA West Bracket Discussion

    Wiseman, not sure what part of town you live in but parents had huge issues with sending their children to Vance. Vance just had Brand who was an excellent coach and could work in that type of environment. Remember he went 9-4 at WC and won the conference with a team that had heavy losses from the prior year. Guys can and will win big anywhere he goes. He had success with core Vance guys, but a lot of guys that were in the Vance district transferred back into to their home school, and guys from other schools came in too. Think Ifedi, and Roberts both zoned Vance guys that went to Berry. They just came back home when Brand got to Vance. Brand created a new culture at Vance. he took those same talented players and got 110% out of them. Mentioned it previously, look for a Vance dip in the next few years. You can see it some now. Think MC hammers Vance tomorrow night. Maybe 14+ point game. Look for a MC/MP final at MC. The ride to RC is long and boring. But if MC or Vance go there I'm there. LOL
  11. J-Heat1110

    4AA West Bracket Discussion

    Btango, Wiseman wont say it, but I will. Thugs. Butler has more Thugs then previous and the demographic has changed considerably. Its a turnoff to some parents. Many will say its recruiting or offers at other schools, but bottom line school perception/academics mean alot to families not just chasing scholarships. Agree with Wiseman that many of the transfers didn;t fair much better or even worse. But thats the nature of transfers. Especially Senior year. Alot of it is personality conflict and then players realizing they aren;t that good. Its a hard pill to swallow. A good to great HS player just isn't good enough for college. But we live in a day and time that if your child gets a schooly, why can;t my child? Same as the participation trophy family. Everyone doesn;t win when it comes to college football school offers. Just to be a college football player at a low level is a great accomplishment. -Look back and remember being at JCSU for a basketball camp and some of the campers laughing at or picking at the Smith players for not being at Duke or UNC or thinking they were not good. Coach Joyner replied that just to make it to college to play ball at any level is a great accomplishment and shouldn't be frowned upon. Looking at the stats less than 3% of HS seniors end up playing basketball, and around 6% of HS seniors pay football at the college level. This is any level. So parents must realize changing schools, private trainers, exposure camps, etc etc can only do so much. But everyone thinks they are special.
  12. J-Heat1110

    4AA West Bracket Discussion

    They got some thugs there now @Wrigley.
  13. J-Heat1110

    4AA West Bracket Discussion

    @WRIGLEY Butler is more diverse now than in the past. Don't want to sound like a bad guy, but they have a different type of student than what initially went there. Also most kids that played the address game for Butler and Indy did it entering the 9th grade. Butler gets transfers all the time make no mistake about it. They just aren't the top destination anymore and the desired location of transfers and address fudgery. They get contributors not big time guys like the MC, Hough, and MP teams. Butler will have to ride the wave until Vance, MP, or Hough fall off and they get popular again. Many saw MP about to blow up before it happened as alot of youth ball players made it their destination school. Players want to win big and get great exposure, and access to colleges. Parents will do what they fill get their children there.
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    4AA West Bracket Discussion

    Wiseman704. Sometimes schools have big leaks and drop off and sometimes they have slow leaks. Butler and Indy benefited from each others success in the early 2000s. They were fed by great middle school and youth ball players. Had great winning success. Whereas when Knotts left Indy had a big leak, Butler's leak was much slower, but will be harder to come back IMHO. They dont have the "style" or "flavor" right now. The key to winning football games in CMS and the state is getting the middle to upper class black athlete at your school in large quantities. The one thats good-strong academically and a great athlete. The ones where parents plan out their childrens highschool success, come to games, and support the program hard while they are there. It was key to West Charlotte Success in the 80-90s, Independence, Butler, and now its a key factor at Vance, Myers Park and Mallard Creek, even Wake Forest for that matter. Add in great coaching and you have a recipe for super high level success. Right now Butler is not getting that type of athlete/student the way they once were. The killing at the school will have more adverse affect then many will care to admit. Same thing with Vance. Once this talent wave leaves the school Vance may be in trouble because the perception of the school was taking a hit. Coach Brand was just a once in a decade type of coach that knew how to win in those type of situations. West Charlotte last decent year was with Brand. You can already see leakage now at Vance. Myers Park, Hough, Adrey Kell, and Mallard Creek have better school perceptions among many afro-american families. You have to have a good program with good school balance.