The Red Raiders and the North Oconee Titans squared off for the first time ever in football on Friday night.
For Raider fans, it wasn’t a pleasant meeting as North Oconee defeated Madison County 49-0. Oconee’s first two scoring drives came following Raider interceptions. The Titans were able to cash both miscues in for a 14-0 lead. North Oconee County led 7-0 after one quarter of play, 21-0 at halftime, and 42-0 after three quarters of play.
The Raiders (0-3) will travel to Lanier next Friday to open region play.
Let's face it, Madison County is not, never has been and never will be a football power. I have watched kids start at the recreation park and go through the whole program through high school. Somewhere down that route things have got to change to make it better. It may be with the daddys trying to coach and failing. Not because they want to, but because they know no better and are a product of the same loser program they themselves went through. A less kind soul might say it is the ignorant leading the innocent.
We have to ask why? If we can produce winning basketball programs and winning softball and baseball programs, then why can't we produce an even mediocre football team?
This is not meant to be a slam of the team or even of the program, but rather (I hope) a discussion of what is wrong - minus all the hot tempers and the "I went through this program and we did all right" comments.
My grandfather once told me, "even a blind hog finds an acorn every once in a while". Yep we have had an occasional winnint season over the years, but those are flukes - few and far between.
What is the answer? I think part of it is attitude. The team goes into a season with an attitude of wanting to win, but after the first loss the winning attitude turns into an expects to lose demeanor and attitude.
Perhaps it is even deeper and the whole program at the rec dept needs to be scrapped and a new one started.
I have no answers, only comments and questions. I do know that what we have now is not working.
MCHS football is finally heading in the right direction with coaches that care more about the team than themselves and instilling respect and discipline in the young men of this team. Yes, winning is crucial to launch a program in the direction of the success for the program itself and the school but it's not going to happen overnight. Our program has been run to the ground and I agree we have to diagnose and treat the weak spots from the beginning of these little leagues and up.
As someone once said, "Life must be understood backwards; but... it must be lived forward", this is what our team must do and is in the process of doing.