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Passing league proves nothing

By Tim Chambers

Have you ever played cow pasture football? I did as a young lad.
A dozen or more of us neighborhood boys would walk across the road into the pasture field and choose up sides. Two-handed touch games would sometimes resort to tackle ones.
Pads and helmets were not allowed.
The passing league games played at Hampton High School over the weekend were much like the ones we use to participate in. Only we didn’t have a scoreboard, clock, concession stand or fans.
We spent the day trying to elude defenders and cow patties. Not all the time were we successful.
I can’t remember who won the Chambers Hollow championship game back in 1974.  I don’t know who won the passing league championship game on Saturday, nor do I recall which team won it last year or the year before.
The reason is simple.
Nobody remembers in late August what our passing league team did in July. Some teams will line up and play successful smash mouth football.
A potent passing game is easier to establish if your team can line up and run the football.  It is heck for the opposition to stop and you can do both and be successful.
That’s part of the make-up it takes to become a good football team. The other is to line up on defense and knock someone’s chinstrap up under his helmet.
Johnson County head football coach Don Kerley summed it up best.
“I’ve seen teams go out there and win every passing league game and not win a game during the season,” said Kerley. “It helps gets kids in shape and you do get a little secondary work. It’s good but it’s bad if you get somebody hurt. I thought we got better as the camp went on. We saw a few guys that can help us, but overall it’s hard to tell.”

Wright hurt at wrong time
Kerley’s assessment about the passing league was spot on. Speedster Dakota Wright suffered a knee injury early in the first game and didn’t return.
He was scheduled to see an orthopedic doctor on Tuesday. He returned four kickoffs for touchdowns last year and had three more called back.
He’s expected to be one of the big play guys for Johnson County in 2016.

Youth Football Camp
A full slate of activities will take place on July 30 inside of Paul McEwen Stadium. Coach Kerley and his staff will host a football camp for youth club players that day.
The cost is $20 per child and each will receive a meal, tee shirt and be shown a movie in addition to learning lots of basic fundamentals for current coaches and players.
We will have more on the camp in next Wednesday’s edition of The Tomahawk.