Running up the score is ugly fall tradition

Every prep football season, running up the score becomes a hot-button issue. It’s a sure sign of fall, like turning on the heater in the morning and the air conditioner during the afternoon.

This year, we barely made it to October before my least favorite topic popped up again. Ugh.

The issue was in the national news this week as a photo of the scoreboard from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly’s 99-9 victory over Compton (Calif.) circulated on social media. Closer to home, I was in attendance for a clear example of running up the score.

Not every blowout involves a coach running up the score, and I’m the first to acknowledge that, but this was a rather egregious case. The starting running backs were in the game late in the fourth quarter while the game was being played with a running clock. In the final minute, the winning team ran a play from inside the opponent’s 15-yard line rather than take a knee, and afterward, the coach showed little remorse for his decision.

It was the prep football equivalent of Dan Henderson’s flying right hand to the jaw of an already unconscious Michael Bisping at UFC 100.

Football coaches like to remind players that everything they do shows up on film. I’m only a high school student, but I’d like to remind coaches that the same goes for them.

Now that I’m off my soapbox, it’s time to brag about last week’s record against the spread. It was my best effort of the season, and I finally have some confidence heading into the second half of the season. Don’t forget to check out for more games.

(bullet)Coronado at Green Valley — Both teams prefer to operate at close to warp speed on offense, but don’t expect the outcome to resemble a basketball score. The Cougars have been one of the few teams to slow down Green Valley in recent seasons and have won the past two meetings with their Henderson neighbor.

It’s doubtful either coach will acknowledge the elephant in the stadium, so I’ll be blunt and point it out: The winner of this game will earn the Southeast League title. And in situations like that, I always side with defense. … Coronado by 1.

(bullet)Las Vegas at Canyon Springs — The Wildcats have been more confusing than Iggy Azalea’s popularity. One week the offense is moving the ball fine, and the next week Las Vegas can’t get out of its own way. It makes zero sense.

The Pioneers don’t have any of those issues; they’ve won three straight and are fresh off a shutout of Liberty. Elephant-in-the-stadium alert No. 2: Canyon Springs can make room for the Northeast League banner with a victory. … Canyon Springs by 3.

(bullet)Sierra Vista at Faith Lutheran — Superman has kryptonite, and Fielder has the Division I-A Sunset League. I can’t figure it out. It’s more confounding than Iggy Azalea’s … oh, forget it, I give up.

The Mountain Lions are tied for first and probably would clinch a playoff spot with a victory, but I can’t really be certain of anything involving this league. Defending state champion Faith Lutheran is one of five teams tied for third place at 2-2. Now you know why I’m so bewildered. … Sierra Vista by 3.

(bullet)Foothill at Silverado — This nonleague game looks even on paper and reminds me of that old “Saturday Night Live” skit featuring Bill Murray as the host of a game show called “Quien es Mas Macho?” (“Who is more macho?”)

The Falcons have lost to three proven commodities (Desert Hills of Utah, Centennial and Canyon Springs), while Silverado’s three wins have come against teams with a combined 0-16 mark. Let’s find out “quien es mas macho.” … Foothill by 2.

Last week: 6-2, 6-2 (with points)

Season: 31-16, 26-20-1 (with points)

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