Madison County struggled to find any offensive juice Friday in a 36-7 loss to visiting Salem.
The Red Raiders handed the Seminoles a gift on the first play of the game, fumbling the opening kickoff on their own 37. Salem (1-1) wasted little time making Madison County (0-2) pay as Ahmad Mitchell carried the ball in from five yards out. Damion Gordon converted on the two-point try, putting the Seminoles up 8-0, a lead they never relinquished.
Salem quickly struck again. Mitchell scampered 20 yards down the right sideline for his second score of the night with 7:14 left in the opening quarter, putting Salem up 15-0.
Madison County moved the ball to the Seminole 9-yard line on their next possession, but Eric Crawford caught a deflected Red Raider pass and streaked 90 yards down sideline for a touchdown, extending Salem’s lead to 22-0.
The Red Raiders answered with their lone score of the night when Staquavious Mack returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown, cutting the lead to 22-7.
Salem answered with a touchdown before the half, with Gordon keeping the ball on a one-yard score with 26 seconds before intermission. Jahaad Coleman scored the final points of the night on a two-yard run with 6:14 to go in the third quarter.
Madison County now turns its attention to Winder, which comes to town Sept. 9.
Frustrated parent and fan
09/02/11 at 10:55 PM
What's up with the coaching staff on this team??? I am no coach, but it seems to me that if they would give some of the players a break that are playing the entire game, and play some of those hard working young men that show up for practice everyday a chance, they may see some better scores. Is it really that big a deal to let some of the others play a play or two. Would it really make a difference, who knows there may be some talent on the sidelines that we won't ever get to see. These guys deserve a few plays under the lights on Friday night. I am not saying you have to start everybody, but if you are losing anyway, why not give some young man a chance. It just seems to make sense to me!!!
Owens needs to go. He is a poor excuse for a coach and people have complained about him for years now. Maybe if he would play other players on the team besides the rich boys and the other "chosen few". The only ones he will play are the one's whose parents have status in the community or big money and the ones that just because the brother went to college to play. He just uses a few others to fill out the team. It's sickening that their are others on the team that deserve a chance to play but will never get on the field. Maybe they can't do any better but they certainly can't be any worse.
When you speak of "chosen ones" I don't know specifically who you are speaking about, but I might be able to guess. If it is who I suspect, then you owe a big apology. The young man earned his spot by putting in the work in the weight room and practice. He has shown himself to be disciplined on the line, as proven in the game against Hart when the young man he replaced false started twice inside his own 10. Also, this family works hard for the team and booster club putting in countless volunteer hours. So what if they worked hard to earn degrees and good living. It's America. Also, the brother worked hard to earn a scholarship, so it wasn't handed to him.
Owens needs to go. There have been complaints about him for several years now. Maybe if he would play some of his other players not just his "chosen ones" instead of the ones that he does only because of their parents status in the community or how big mama and daddy's pocket book is or just because the brother got to college. The rest he just puts in to have enough to make a team. It's sickening that there are other players that deserve a chance but they want ever be allowed on the field. Maybe they can't exceed the "chosen ones" but they certainly can't be any worse.
Second or third team Players do have a chance to play on the field. It's either fourth quarter or JV. Sure, as a Red Raider fan, we love the players, all of them and feel bad when an entire season goes by and some don't get to play. On the other hand, Players should first play for the love of their team whether they play or not. Any other reason to join, would be selfish! Just like in real life, you may have the job and work hard but you don't always get the promotion. You continue to contibute to the team. Not everyone thinks that way in our society today because too many people expect things to be handed to them whether they deserve it or not. A team takes all kinds of players good and not so good. Each one takes a chance to be played or not when he joins. Some UGA football players join the team and never set foot on the field! Hard work, talent and determination gets these player on the field. This is high school football not pee wee ball where everyone gets a chance to play for mommy and daddy. Attitude is everything. The school, team, and other parents notice that only a few parents get out there and do all the work behind the scenes to make MCHS football possible. Maybe their work ethic replicated by their children has put them in their position on the field. Parents stop whining and get to work volunteering endless hours late at night and at Touchdown club etc.and keep your spirits up, because it's about the team not about the player! Who knows a good attitude might just trickle down to the child. By the way, Not a good idea to use children as pawns to vent out jealous frustrations.
09/16/11 at 10:53 AM
Do you forget there are some families that are just not as fortunate as yours and mine. They are single parent homes and I am talking by choice . Either that the parents just simply do not have the time to volunteer because they are out making a living for the family instead of taking handouts and welfare. I know of one young man that goes to all practices, works extremely hard, good discipline and attitude but never has been given the chance under the lights. As far as talent-sorry but it does not appear you have that much outstanding talent playing right now so what would be the harm in changing things up just a play or two. You never know what you have as far as talent if you do not give them a chance. It is easy to make such comments as yours if your kid is getting the time he desires. It is about the team but when you are pretty much losing most of the time it is hard to appreciate sitting on the sidelines.