JJ's Morning Huddle: A daily dose of News, Notes & Nuggets from around the state
• Laterals help Kentucky team return kickoff for game-winning finish
• Do we need to tweak the formula for the high school football playoffs?
• Bedford QB scores 7 TDs as team locks up first ever undefeated season
• St. Edward fires track coach Dick Mann on birthday
• Football links
High school play of the year? With 1.8 seconds left in the game and trailing 41-34, Butler High School in Kentucky returns a kickoff then goes for two points in a last-second comeback against Pleasure Ridge Park.
Do we need to tweak the formula for the high school football playoffs? Marc Pendleton wrote an interesting commentary on the Dayton Daily News site yesterday. In it, he points to aberrations that allow teams with losing records or out-of-state wins (and no wins against Ohio teams) to make the playoffs. Sound weird? Indeed. D-III, Region 11 Steubenville hasn't beaten a single Ohio team, but they've already clinched a playoff spot thanks to points awarded for out-of-state wins. "Call me stodgy — I’ve been called worse — but I’d insist on playoff teams having to beat at least one Ohio team," Pendleton writes. Cincinnati Elder just might eek their way into the playoffs, too, with a 4-5 record should they defeat La Salle on Friday. That would knock Wayne and Northmont out of the running for playoff spots.
Bedford QB scores 7 TDs as team locks up first ever undefeated season: On Senior Night last week, the Bedford Kicking Mules (9-0) wrapped up their first unbeaten regular season in school history with a 54-34 win over the visiting Monroe Jefferson Bears in a game that included over 1,000 offensive yards. The offensive attack was like a Jared Kujawa highlight reel. The 6-1, 190-pound Bedford quarterback rushed for seven touchdowns and 326 yards. “I've never thought of a 300-yard game or seven touchdowns or anything like that,” Kujawa told the Toledo Blade. “Somebody on the sideline said those were ‘like video-game numbers,' and I started laughing."
St. Edward fires track coach Dick Mann on birthday: Dick Mann, a Cleveland-area track coach since 1961, was informed on Oct. 12 that he was being canned – a day that was, incidentally his 78th birthday. Mann seemed as surprised by the news as anyone. "They let me go. It's so muddled I don't understand it," Mann told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I think there's a group [of parents] there that was instrumental in getting rid of me, but I really don't know. The program was nothing when I took it over. I don't think they'd won a dual meet in five years. I thought we did a good job." Mann was inducted into the Ohio High School Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 1976. "It was time to make a change," Athletic Director Paul Michalko said. "[Parents' complaints] is not any different than any of the other 14 sports we have. Input from parents has nothing to do with who we hire."