If you want to get drunk and yell and scream at players, wait for Saturday or Sunday, not Friday.
Don’t be a fanboy.
High school football games are fun and exciting, but the athletes on the field are 14 to 18 years old. They’re not getting free tuition, housing, living and food expenditures like many college athletes. They’re certainly not getting paid like NFL players.
High school athletes are in no way professionals. They may very well be someday soon, but today they’re not. So there’s really no reason to scream at them. Or any reason to deck yourself out in school gear, proclaim yourself the greatest fan your school has ever seen and scream at your opponent’s players. Or get plastered on Jagermeister before you head out to the local field on Friday.
Two weeks ago before Shawnee’s season opener at Butler, I ate dinner at a streak house in Vandalia. A group of middle-aged fans from a Columbus-area school came into the restaurant and sat at a table near me. These fans were in town for a game their high school played later that night at another nearby GWOC school. They were decked out in shirts with school logos and eager to start the weekend fun.
I wasn’t interested in their conversation or nightly plans, but because they thought it necessary to yell across the table when talking to one another, I and everyone else in the restaurant heard much of what they had to say.
The group started with their drink order. It consisted of a variety of whiskey, cocktails and Jagermeister. One round during the dinner was not enough. They ordered seconds before I left, and I wouldn’t be surprised if another round followed.
They also cussed like sailors (even before they started drinking), gossiped and made fun of their own school’s coaches. I’ve never seen a group quite so proud to advertise where they come from and that they’ve thrown self-restraint into the wind before heading to a high school game.
The way this group (which included members of both sexes) talked about the high school team they were heading to see was like listening to drunkards at a chain sports bar complain about a professional organization on Sunday. They called coaches derogatory names and described players with expletives.
It wasn’t my last encounter with fanboys that night. I saw and heard a few on both sides of Butler’s Memorial Field.
I’m not talking about the normal fans that made up the majority of the people at that game. I’m talking about the select few fanboys who screamed insults at opposing players. These fanboys also called their team’s players weak and said they need to “hit someone hard,” “throw the damn ball,” or “RUNNNN!”
The fanboys didn’t stop there. They yelled insults at the opposing team’s players and officials. While walking up the home side stands, I heard one older gentleman say, “We’d be up by 14 if the officials weren’t a bunch of (expletive) losers.”
If you want to get plastered, scream at players, coaches and officials, save it for Saturday and Sunday. But please, don’t do it on Friday nights. This isn’t a political debate or a Facebook comment section. It’s games played by teenagers.
Pick ‘Em Games:
Both Casey and I went 12-4 last week. We missed Graham over Catholic Central, Cincinnati Northwest over Troy, Springboro over Centerville, and Stebbins over Fairborn.
We’ll try to improve this week with several difficult contests to pick.
Week Two Standings
- Bryant Billing 24-8
- Casey Matteson 23-9
West Liberty-Salem at Kenton Ridge
It’s a battle of two high-powered offenses at Richard L. Phillips Field. Kenton Ridge earned a big come-from-behind win over Indian Lake last Saturday while West Liberty-Salem held off Benjamin Logan on Friday night.
The Tigers moved the ball well against Ben Logan and amassed 193 passing yards and 143 rushing yards. But their defense gave up 336 overall yards and four passing touchdowns.
As good as Ben Logan is, the Raiders don’t have as good of speed as Kenton Ridge nor the depth. The Cougars showed their defensive power last week, as they contained a high-powered Indian Lake offense that put up 41 points the week before against Triad.
This game will be close, but the Cougars’ superior size and speed will make the difference in the second half.
My pick: Kenton Ridge. Casey’s pick: Kenton Ridge.
Northwestern at Mechanicsburg
This game will feature two of the area’s most prolific quarterbacks. Mechanicsburg’s Kaleb Romero has made a name for himself the last two seasons and is a dual-threat. He set a school record with 401 total yards on offense last week against Fairbanks. Northwestern’s Trevor Gebby is no slouch either. He’s thrown for 229 yards and rushed for 133 and accounted for six total touchdowns in the Warriors’ first two games.
Northwestern has more size and speed than Mechanicsburg saw in its first two games. But the Indians are a strong, fast and experienced group that has won many close games over the last couple of years. The Indians will earn another close win on Friday.
My pick: Mechanicsburg. Casey’s pick: Mechanicsburg.
Bellefontaine at Urbana
Graduation wasn’t kind for Bellefontaine and Urbana. Both lost all-conference quarterbacks and a host of other starters. The teams’ inexperience has showed in their first two games. Wapakoneta and Sidney earned lopsided wins over Bellefontaine the last two weeks. Urbana lost to London and was blown out by Piqua last week.
One team can potentially turn their season around with a win in this rivalry game. It’s a difficult pick going off of the team’s sample size.
I think the difference could come down to Urbana quarterback Levi Boettcher. The 6-5 sophomore has thrown for 338 yards through the first two weeks and rushed for 55 yards against London. I think he’ll help lead Urbana to a home victory.
My pick: Urbana. Casey’s pick: Urbana.
Springfield at Hilliard Darby: My pick: Hilliard Darby. Casey’s pick: Hilliard Darby.
Bellbrook at Tecumseh: My pick: Bellbrook. Casey’s pick: Bellbrook.
Sidney Lehman at Piqua: My pick: Lehman. Casey’s pick: Lehman.
Carroll at Shawnee: My pick: Carroll. Casey’s pick: Carroll.
Middletown Christian at Greenon: My pick: Middletown Christian. Casey’s pick: Middletown Christian.
Northeastern at Stebbins: My pick: Stebbins. Casey’s pick: Stebbins.
Triad at Fairbanks: My pick: Triad. Casey’s pick: Triad.
Bradford at Catholic Central: My pick: Catholic Central. Casey’s pick: Catholic Central.
Southeastern at Madison Plains: My pick: Madison Plains. Casey’s pick: Madison Plains.
GWOC games of interest:
Troy at Miamisburg: My pick: Troy. Casey’s pick: Troy.
Butler at Wilmington: My pick: Butler. Casey’s pick: Butler.
Lakota West at Wayne: My pick: Wayne. Casey’s pick: Wayne.
Fairborn at Beavercreek: My pick: Beavercreek. Casey’s pick: Beavercreek.
West Carrollton at Sidney: My pick: Sidney. Casey’s pick: Sidney.