Very mildly surprising, even as I predicted a more comfortable win . This series is that competitive even with Coffman winning the last 8 . UA has played well against a good schedule. Lost very close ones to Westy C and Liberty. Liberty and Coffman was very competitive. Coffman is very good when at their best , but when they aren't or the opponent is executing their game plan really well ? A good team . Bradley finally scores some points , gets a lucky tipped pass right to Pugh at the end that gave them the win. Not so fast . When I heard they got hook and laddered on the scoreboard show in the last few seconds I immediately thought , 'How in the holy double hockey sticks could that happen . Then I saw the play on the news. PERFECTION . WOW . Now given the time left , may be Bradley just has a 5 player wall deeper than that pass was thrown , but the execution and timing was exquisite. Like one of those Friday night lights last plays of the game that were far fetched , not really believable . Hats off to Bradley for scoring some points and hats off to Orange for perfectly executing that play .Suprised that Coffman struggled w/UA so much. Unexpected.
Just finished watching the Orange/Bradley game on TV. Crazy game. Two lead changes in the last 35 seconds.
Pick Central just hammered the Gales in the 1st half then just ran the clock after halftime.
Pick North really put it to New Albany. Suprised at the margin of 35 points.
Wasn't able to go to the game , but have gotten some information by now that I can give some thoughts on it . First off as I said in my first post after last week , success is sometimes harder for to deal with than failure for kids and football teams. Coffman had won impressively vs Orange 28-7 giving up just under 100 yards total , and last week held Davidson to 64 yards in a 49-0 win . Probably inevitable for the kids to believe they were too good to get gashed on defense . Or be overconfident this week . everyone telling them how great they are , a lot of hype about being one of the top few teams in D-1 . Coaches have to be super vigilant about getting kids heads out of the clouds off of great wins and excellent play and the attention that may ensue.
We have all felt a bit too satisfied with ourselves at some point and I think that played a role last night . BUT lets give credit to UA who played extremely well here as they usually do against Coffman. 7 previous wins were by an average margin of 7.8 points. I did figure the Rocks would win by about 20 here . Had UA covering the absurd 29 point spread , but they exceeded my expectation . Game starts , Coffman stalls ,shanks a punt setting the Bears up and they took advantage with Gresock scoring from a few yards out. Coffman moves it right down the field methodically but gets stuffed on 4th and goal from the one yard line . UA running Gresock early and often takes a big chunk off the clock in the rest of the first half at one point missing a 35 yard field goal . Coffman couldn't do anything when they got the ball with a few minutes left in the half .
In a lightening fast half the Bears led 7-0 . UA gets the kickoff , gets a first down after a good kick return , then Gresock takes off for a 56 yard TD running right through a Rocks tackler , making a cut and was gone . 14-0 .Good news was they didn't have a long drive taking time off of the clock .
Rocks get a couple first downs adn are faced with a 4th and 1 at midfield . Threats breaks a tackle at the line of scrimmage , breaks outside and does what he does . TD 14-7 . 7.48 left third. Teams traded punts as UA continued to avoid three and outs and take time off of the clock . Rocks drive a few minutes into the 4th , and score with about 7 minutes left. in the game. Threats , Phipps and Mathews scoring on a 15 yard run were the movers and shakers.
Momentum on Rocks side, good kick coverage tackled at the 23 , but a late hit moves it 15 yard further. Rocks give up a first down but the hold .Ball back , they drive again downfield getting a first down at the 12 with a few minutes left, first play gets three so second and 7 becomes 2nd and 12 but get a delay of game penalty OFF OF A UA TIMOEUT , WTF?
Drive stalls , Magyar kicks a 31 yarder right down the middle 17-14 with 142 left. UA with a 4th and one at the 29 Gresock gets a huge gain to the 49 , under a minute left , they go backwards to the 30 , a few passes incomplete then a pick 6 to extend the score to 24-14 .
UA O-Line won the battle with Rocks D-Line , some missed tackles in the second level , good game plan by UA , but not quite enough passing may be . Rocks had Threats with 150 yards rushing but only 5 yards receiving. Mathews went for just over 100 yards rushing and about 80 passing. Game trajectory might have looked different if Rock shad tied it early on at 7-7 instead of getting stopped on 4th and one at the one after a lengthy drive. Second time Rocks have overcome a 14-0 deficit .