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Dirty Pool, the Mighty MAC and Let's Go Tigers

November 23, 2010 - Michael Palmer
Dirty Pool

Check You tube for the following: Texas A&M Aggie Grabs Ben Cotton's Junk

If you watched the Nebraska game you already saw this play but may have missed the action prior to the penalized portion.

This type of dirty play has always been a part of football. Some of the top athletes in professional football have admitted to these and even more flagrant fouls. From the mild infractions of trying to fall on a defensive lineman and make it look accidental to breaking fingers in the pile they are all dirty pool.

Our coach would tell the team to stop worrying about playing dirty and just put your time in on the field, in the weight room, on the track, and in the kitchen.

Defensive linemen would jam their palm into the bottom of a facemask or drive shoulder pads up into the throat. Our line coach always told us this would not happen if you were not playing too high - but the worst is the type of dirty pool that the Texas A & M player was practicing.

If you check out the video you can see the Texas A&M Player is actually fondling Nebraska’s Ben Cotton like a TSA Agent at an airport security check point.

Cotton, responded in self defense with a kick that unfortunately connected with the shin of a late arriving official to the pile. But, as it is with most personal foul penalties, it’s not he who fouls first, but he who reacts last who gets flagged for the penalty.

While talking with a captain of the OSU National Champion team from 1955 he said that helmet-to-helmet and such infractions are a part of the modern era of football. He told me that back then you were taught form tackling and that is pretty much how everyone played the game, with sportsmanship.

Let’s talk high school football.

Bubba Kapral and myself both feel that Shadyside will post another win this Friday night and then most likely would have the opportunity to play Delphos St John in the State Finals. With all the recent bad news for the district with the plant closing, it would be a great positive for the community to have the Tigers go to State.

Mogadore is no slouch and this cat fight will be epic. A few breaks for Shadyside would be nice to see.

It has been a rare playoff for the Tigers where all of their post season games were played within the confines of the OVAC. With gas prices again near $3 a gallon it has been a good travel year for Tiger fans. I would wager there will be few complaints if the crowd had to travel to Canton next Friday though.

The breakdown of the State semifinals include dynasties with storied gridiron traditions, take a look at this schedule and you will find there are many names that are associated with the high caliber of football in the Buckeye state.


Division II

Lake Catholic (12-1) vs. Maple Heights (13-0) at Solon Stewart Field

Uniontown Lake (10-3) vs. Trotwood- Madison (11-2) at Gahanna Lincoln Stadium's Wilbur C. Strait Field

Division IV

Orrville (10-3) vs. Chagrin Falls (12-1) at Medina Ken Dukes Stadium

Kettering Archbishop Alter (11-2) vs. Columbus Bishop Hartley (11-2) at Piqua Alexander Stadium

Division VI

Shadyside (12-1) vs. Mogadore (13-0) at Steubenville Hardin Stadium

Sidney Lehman Catholic (12-1) vs. Delphos St. John's (13-0) at Wapakoneta Harmon Field


Division I

St. Edward (13-0) vs. Toledo Whitmer (12-1) at Massillon Paul Brown Tiger Stadium

Hilliard Davidson (13-0) vs. Huber Heights Wayne (10-3) at Dayton Welcome Stadium

Division III

Buchtel (10-3) vs. Marlington (13-0) at Canton Fawcett Stadium

Columbus Bishop Watterson (11-1) vs. Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas (11-2) at Northmont Good Samaritan Stadium

Division V

Youngstown Ursuline (13-0) vs. Lima Central Catholic (12-1) at Ashland Community Stadium (Note: Lima CC’s only loss was a 34-14 defeat by Delphos St. John.)

Fredericktown (13-0) vs. Coldwater (10-3) at Columbus St. Francis DeSales Alumni Stadium (Note: Despite being 10-3 Coldwater defeated D V Marion Local 42-21 and sustained one of their losses to Delphos.)

This brings up the subject of the Mighty MAC

While talking playoff football, Bubba mentioned that if you survive the MAC conference you are usually headed for the final four in the state playoffs. It is a yard stick that proves accurate season-after-season.

The Midwest Athletic Conference began athletic competition in the fall of 1973.

Since then the MAC has produced many Team State Championships and produced their share of teams making Final Four Appearances.

MAC Team State Championships Summary

Minster Wildcats – 25 State Championships (12 Girls Track & Field, 9 Girls Cross Country, 2 Girls Basketball, 1 Football, 1 Boys Golf)

St. Henry Redskins – 19 State Championships (6 Volleyball, 6 Football, 4 Boys Basketball, 3 Baseball)

Coldwater Cavaliers – 12 State Championships (5 Baseball, 3 Girls Track & Field, 2 Girls Basketball, 2 Football)

Marion (Stein) Local Flyers – 10 State Championships (4 Football, 2 Boys Basketball, 3 Volleyball, 1 Girls Basketball)

Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays – 9 State Championships (4 non-conference) (5 Football, 2 Boys Basketball, 2 Girls Basketball)

Versailles Tigers – 5 State Championships (6 non-conference) (2 Girls Cross Country, 1 Football, 1 Girls Basketball, 1 Girls Track & Field)

Fort Recovery Indians – 4 State Championships (1 non-conference) (2 Girls Basketball, 1 Volleyball, 1 Boys Cross Country)

Parkway Panthers – 4 State Championships (2 Baseball, 2 Volleyball)

New Knoxville Rangers - 1 State Championships (1 Boys Basketball)

New Bremen Cardinals are the only MAC school that has not produced a State Championship team.

While it is always a sad occasion when high school football is winding down, that sadness is tempered by the fact that we are still covering a local team with just 4 teams left in each division.

It is a credit to the Shadyside Tigers that they have made the cut to play in such elite company.

I just completed the tribute page for the newspaper with photos from the season. I hope you will check it out and let me know if you like the work.

I would thoroughly enjoy making a trip to Canton next week, so ………….



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