My take on week one of the 2011 season PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 00:00

By George

Here is a list of some things I took from Friday Night Lights – Aug. 19 edition.

Eastern-West Washington

The jury is still out on how good the Musketeers will be this season, but no one will question their heart following their 18-7 win over visiting West Washington.

A serious ATV accident to a player's sister; A player's mom battling terminal cancer and on the day of the season-opening game, the death of a player's dad.

They not only fight through it all and play, but they play pretty well.

This Friday's game at Clarksville should be a better guide to how good the Musketeers are. They looked fast – faster than they have in the history of the program. Against a usually-quick Clarksville team we will get a better idea of if EHS players are that fast or if West Washington's players are a step slower than they have been in recent years.

If the Musketeers stay healthy, their line and running back Trey Albertson will cause defensive coordinators fits this season.

Don't cry too many tears for West Washington this season. The Senators have just six seniors coming off a very impressive season a year ago.

The win-loss record doesn't look promising with a very difficult schedule, but a rebuild year this year will turn quickly into a re-loading situation in 2012 for Head Coach Phillip Bowsman and company.



I think there was some people in the Lion camp that actually thought a win at Paoli was a possibility.

I guess the 67-0 loss is proof that Rome wasn't built in a day and Head Coach Mo Moriarity and his staff have their work cut out for them.

Salem will win a few games this year – mark it down, but they are at least two seasons away from getting back to where the kind of losses they suffered at Paoli don't happen.

The good news is 109 kids signed up to play youth league football for the Lions. That's grades three through sixth. If that trend continues and those kids stick with it, it won't take long for Coach Mo to get the ship on course.

Plus, don't take anything away from Paoli. The Rams have been one of the premiere programs in the area for the last four seasons.

I am interested to see how Salem looks against Silver Creek Friday. The contest is a home game for Silver Creek, but will be played at Salem because the Dragon field is still not suitable for play.

Floyd Central-Male

Head Coach Brian Glesing has helped to make Floyd Central one of the better teams in the southern half of the state.

Over the past three seasons, the Highlanders have won a lot of big games, but they haven't been where they needed to be on defense.

They opened the season by giving up 285 yards of total offense to Louisville Male, but that's not too shabby.

Male competes every season for a state championship in Kentucky and this year will be no different.

If the FC defense continues to show improvement, the Highlanders should not only be in the hunt for a Hoosier Hills Conference title, but could put together a strong run in the IHSAA State Tournament.

There is a lot of football to play and a lot of things can happen between now and then, but the Highlanders have a lot of pieces to the puzzle.

Look for a high energy game Friday as FC hosts one of their biggest rivals, Providence.


Other tidbits

I am interested to see if Madison has improved that much or if Charlestown is down a little bit this year.

The Cubs snapped a 14-game losing streak with their win over the Pirates.

    • Silver Creek scored a lot of points at Springs Valley for a first-year program. I am looking forward to see how they matchup Friday against Salem. That will be a battle of two programs trying to build. A win for Salem would show they are moving in the right direction, a win by the Dragons will send a message to the rest of the conference that SC will be in the MSC hunt in the next couple of season.


    • North Harrison picked up a win over Crawford County and again it will be interesting to see if the Cougars are a program on the rise or if the Wolfpack are still the whipping post of Southern Indiana.


Be sure to check back weekly to get my take on the world of southern Indiana high school sports. Also be sure to visit www.gbpnews.com on Friday night to get the scores from all the teams in our coverage area.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 09:17
A look back at the 2010 high school football season PDF Print E-mail
Written by George Browning   
Thursday, 11 November 2010 00:00

By George

After a long hiatus from writing sports columns, I think I may throw my hat back in the ring. Now, before you criticize or disagree with me give me a few weeks to get used to opining about local sports with my fingers again.

I thought in this, the first “By George” in more than a year, it should be a pot-luck column of happenings over the past few months since school started.

The first topic I will discuss is the West Washington football season.

What a year Head Coach Phillip Bowsman and the Senators had. I really thought they would have a winning record, but 9-3 more than exceeded my expectations.

If there was a Coach of the Year award to be given out state-wide, I would have to say Bowsman deserves to be in that conversation.

One would think he might have a little bit of interest in the coaching vacancy at his Alma mater, Salem High School, but Bowsman has told me time and time again that he is happy where he is.

In our last conversation about the subject he said his ultimate goal is to win a state championship and he thinks the Senators have a good shot at getting that goal accomplished.

This year's team had that kind of potential and had they gotten past Milan, who knows what would have happened.

That's one thing I love about sports, the “What ifs!” There are very few certainties in life, and there are even fewer is sports.

There is one certainty when talking about Bowsman, however, and that's the fact that he knows how to coach football.

Bowsman was 3-7 in his first year and guided the Senators to 5-5 and 6-5 seasons before this year's 9-3 campaign.

He had a vision when he took over the program, and Bowsman has made the moves necessary to see that vision become reality on the field.

The Senators are winning, the kids are having fun in the spread offense, and the football facilities at the school are among the best for Class A schools in the state.

While I am happy for Bowsman, I am sad for the departure of a friend on mine. I figured Brian Motsinger would step down after this year, but I hated to see him go out with a win-less season.

Over the decade or so that I've covered sports in Washington County, Coach Mots, or “Red” has always made himself available to me.

I've called him at his home, on his cell phone even when he was out on a date. He always had time to talk to me. It wasn't because he enjoyed my conversation as much as it was to get his kids the recognition they deserved in the local paper.

He was all about the student-athlete and helping them not only reach their potential, but take it to new heights.

In some ways I felt like an extension of the coaching staff when I would keep stats on the side-line.

I remember getting ran over by a Clarksville player at one game and when I looked up Coach was there making sure I was alright. We later laughed about it and he admitted to watching it a few times on the video, but he put aside the importance of the game for a moment to check on me.

Mots won a lot of games as coach of the Lions and coached a lot of great players. A lot of us in the community appreciated the work he did and it will be strange not seeing him on the sidelines next season.

The Salem School Board has a tough job. They not only have to find a quality coach, they have to find a better person to pick up Motsinger's whistle.

Then there is John Dablow at Eastern. What a two-year run this guy has had. He took over a team that won just one time in it's first 19 games and in less than a year had them playing .500 football.

Dablow will be able to write a book on how to turn a program around.

Some credit has to go to talent. Ryan Tandy, Keenan Shanks and the Eastern seniors put in the work, but talent needs to be guided and Dablow and his staff have done that.

They started with the basics and really shouldn't look back now. I am not saying they will win every game, but I think the days of EHS being blown out are behind them.

Now, the foundation has been laid, it's up to the returning players to keep working to make sure the program keeps improving.

Well, that was my first effort. I hope the rust is knocked off. Give me a column or two to get back in the swing of things.

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