Regardless, the time has arrived to man up, swallow all those sour-grapes and apologize.
Building a football powerhouse is a tough assignment. Winning a state championship is even harder.
Until Friday night, the Bobcat powerhouse had 29 seasons between state championships and the fans were understandably hungry.
Coach Jason Herring and his assistant coaches studied all the strategy and found the only missing factor in the equation – pulling starters at the half failed to provide enough playing time compared with other state contenders who play four full quarters.
Herring’s theory was dead on.
The Cats took a nice lead in the third quarter of the state finals when they were still fresh. But they were visibly winded in the fourth quarter.
So, they reached down into what makes the Bobcats tick — bigger-than-life hearts pumping with an unwavering desire to win.
The Cats stopped the Cisco powerhouse on a fourth-down situation, which put the ball back into the hands of the Bobcats.
All the coaches who were quick to criticize Herring would do their boys a favor by taking a lesson from the Refugio coaches.
Herring didn’t make 100 young men come to the field house to condition in July when temperatures soared past the 100-degree mark — these kids came to get better; they came because they wanted to win a state championship; they came because the coaches they admire and respect told them a state championship was within their grasp.
Sour grapes do not win championships. Coaches owe it to the kids to provide tools to help them get better – whether it is volunteer summer conditioning or well-thought-out game strategy.
But those tools never include bad manners.
— Kenda Nelson, editor