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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Highland Game results

Well our Sophomores started out slow and lost 37-19. However they also played Highland's JV and so for our kids to score and make the game respectable was good for them. Frosh it was a tougher game, losing 55-0. We have a lot to work on with them, but it will be ok this is why we coach, time to coach these kids up.

Varsity vs Highland was able to win 34-28. We returned 2 punts for TD's and had a pretty good game passing the ball. However this victory came at a huge cost. We lost the best player in the state Bronson Kaufusi to a knee injury. He is out for the entire year. He tore his ACL and meniscus and is done. This injury hurts us immensely on the defense and many now say we won't win state. It is time for our kids to stand up and fight. This gives a kid a chance to stand up and prove what he can do.
Let's see what happens, this week we play Alta this will be a tough game indeed.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Getting a Kid Recruited

We have our starting corner who I feel needs to get himself recruited. He is a good player for us and so I am starting to get a highlight video of him up so that coaches can see him and contact him for the next level. I don't know if he is a D-1A player but he can definitely play D-1AA or DII football. Here is a link to his players page on Hudl which will continue to have updated highlights from each game show up on his players page. He was a player on our state championship team that gave us a lot of help and contributed significant minutes. He is #8 on the game film.
Kapena's Hudl Player Page
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Monday, August 24, 2009

Good Practice today

Well we really had a good practice today. The boys worked hard especially on the O-line. I am amazed but the Freshman line is really coming along. We will see how we do with their first game. I am really proud of how they are growing as players.

Sophomores our offense looked really really sharp today. If we can play like that this Friday we will win the game.

Varsity appeared to have a good practice as well. Like I said in my earlier post, the loss was probably the best thing that could have happened to them. I follow Coach Huey on Twitter and he is saying his players aren't preparing with a sense of urgency. Well our kids now know that they gotta practice the way they want to play. I think we will be ok and will still be able to make a run for our 4th straight title.
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Result of 1st Game

Well our 36 game winning streak came to an end on Friday. We lost 16-10 in a hard fought game. We made too many mental errors while they made the plays they needed to win the game. We are still a good team I think, we just can't make the tiny errors. One of the things I heard from the varsity coaches is that we played like we practiced.

For some of these players this is the first time they have lost in high school. This will be a good life lesson for these boys though. You aren't always going to win in life. It is how you respond to adversity that will determine how your life goes. This also might have been the best thing for these boys. No longer have pressure of the winning streak on our backs. Humbles them a little bit and they have to learn how to deal with adversity. Plus now we have been in a tough dogfight of a game and know what we need to do to respond in a game.

Watching the game film was frustrating because we had 4 trips in their red zone and came away with no points. Once again the little things are important of football. It reminds me of the Inch by Inch speech in Any Given Sunday. We missed our opportunities by inches. Now we gotta get ready for Highland of Idaho. We can't worry about the past now it is time to go into the future.
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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Scrimmage results

So we had our scrimmage on Friday night. Sophs scored two tds. One on a screen play to our back, and one on a rollout play. Both were long plays, 50+ yard plays that looked great. Frosh also had a 50+ yard run play on inside zone. I think we will be ok coming into this season. Two weeks now till the young guys play. But varsity plays this week. It's already the season, time to get it on!!!!!
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Tuesday, August 4, 2009


I am sold on platooning at the high school level. At Timpview we platoon and have had success. Now obviously it is going to depend on the school you are at. If I am at a small school where we gotta work to get kids out, I am not going to be able to really platoon. However I think you get the most out of your kids when you coach them up. Also it does depend on your needs but I really think that the more reps your kids get, the better they get. Also if you have kids getting a lot of reps then have to put them somewhere else you can spend time teaching them the new position but they can remember their old position as well with the technique.

While platooning if you work 2.5 hours for practice daily. Your offensive and defensive players get that full practice in getting reps at that position. When the time comes for game my players have spent about 8 hours working on defense and offense. If you don't platoon your players get maybe 4 hours per side of the ball. Our offensive players get the full time to look at different fronts. Our defensive players get looks at formations for the full time.

Last year to a man you ask our coaches why we were able to win region and only lose one game at the sophomore they would say one reason. We platooned our players. We worked them and coached them up. They got better and with all the reps they were able to get better game by game. That is why we started to blow teams out end of the season because our players got better. I know this doesn't apply to all coaches but I know that I favor it. Just some things to think about with platooning.

But again this isn't a system for everyone. We do it and it has been successful for us. If you have your system and it works that is alright. I just wanted to post about my opinion and give some thoughts that others might want to think about. Don't dismiss platooning quickly but look at it and see what it can do for you.
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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Bubble Screen

The bubble screen in my opinion is a great complimentary play if you are running zone. It forces the backside defense to remain honest and so when running the ball in zone this will allow for the possibility of more yards. Especially since the defense might be a half second delayed in reacting to either run or pass. A half second in football is the difference between a 5 yard gain and a 10 yard gain. I am embedding a couple videos that allow you to see what I mean when running zone out of the spread.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Oregon Offense

So I really enjoy watching Oregon's offense. I was talking with Frank Henderson and he said one offensive staff he would want to go visit with is Oregon. We think the offense is fun to watch and fun to play in. I am linking some highlights someone put up on YouTube. Oregon's offense is a prime example of how to run zone out of the spread. You know it's coming you just can't stop it. The video quality isn't super great but you can still get an idea of running the zone.

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