“If it makes you feel good, get after it.”
Those were the words Holliday coach Frank Johnson said to me when I asked him about Hirschi going for two-point conversion in the last couple minutes of the Huskies’ 70-9 win.
I tweeted those out because I thought it was relevant – I’ve had coaches get real upset with teams running up the score and I wanted to know his thoughts.
But why I tweeted it was because Johnson wasn’t really upset about it. I’m sure he wasn’t happy about the game in general, but he wasn’t ticked off like I’m sure some Holliday people were by the conversion.
That was my point – he didn’t think it was that big a deal. 69 or 70, what does that matter? But when I read that quote at the top, I now see where it could come across in a negative connotation if you don’t hear Johnson’s voice.
I’ve apologized to Johnson because I didn’t mean to stir up any controversy. And nothing should take away from the Huskies’ 3-0 start.
What are my thoughts about going for 2 (it was on a fake PAT – they didn’t line up and do it)? It’s not that big of a deal. I can see where some coaches wouldn’t do it. And I could see where some would, especially when you’ve been on the wrong side of some lopsided games like previous Hirschi teams have. Seventy is a neat milestone.
When I found out later that it gave Hirschi a school record (old was 69), I think that should be factored into the equation. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Huskies knew that beforehand, especially coming so close (68) the previous week.
There were those people on Twitter who said Holliday has run the score up before. Well, I looked back since 2004 (when I started covering the area) at the amount of times the Eagles scored over 50 points.
And I wasn’t surprised by the answer: it was only once – 55 against Jacksboro in the 2010 regular season finale.
Maybe before Coach Wolf’s tenure Holliday ran it up – I’m not sure – but Wolf was actually pretty nice about it beating a team too bad. The worst the Eagles beat Hirschi in the past five years was 36-6 and 42-13.
Ask teams like City View back before the Mustangs were competitive. I always thought Wolf was generous.
So basically, feel about it however you want. But I’m not going to rip Coach Slater and the Huskies for going for 70. And I agree with what Johnson said – he’s got more to worry about his own team than Hirschi’s final score.