Friday, September 12, 2014

Miamisburg 45 Troy 14

Unfortunately, I have to begin again by decrying the new OHSAA mercy rule that mandates a running clock in the second half of a game in the case of a 30+ point deficit. The Vikings were up 38-0 at halftime, and the entire second half was played under the rule. Again, it's just too aggressive--if nothing else, they should stop the clock for penalties. A couple of times there were flags thrown and a ton of time came off the clock while the officials talked to each other, talked to players, talked to coaches, announced the penalties, marked it off, and readied the ball for play. Too much time. Each time got two possessions in the second half, and that was it. The Trojans scored touchdowns on both of theirs. Not saying they would have been able to get back into the game; just saying they didn't even get a chance to bring the score under the 30-point mark to get the game back to normal.

At any rate, there isn't much to say about this one. Miamisburg was just bigger, faster, better than Troy. Again, the Trojans played hard from start to finish, and there's talent here and there, but not enough to compete. At least not yet--most of these players are young, and gaining valuable experience.

On the bright side, it was a beautiful, picture-perfect night for football. I wore a long-sleeved t-shirt to the game and put on a sweatshirt as the sun went down. Not bad for what's technically still summer--normally nights like this don't happen until October.

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