At what point do you put the 2nd string in?
There were several games where Trinity was ahead by 45-50 to 0 by halftime. So Lineweaver would put the 2nd string in for the second half. Most of the time our pace of scoring would slow down by alot. In many cases, the other team would begin scoring and would "win the second half", but still lose the game.
We all are guilty of judging a football team by their stats. Many times that just doesn't tell the story at all.
Example: Trinity 42 Plano East 0 at the half.
The second half saw Plano East score 20 and ET score 14.
If I remember right, Plano's scores were by the air, and Trinity had to put the starters back in late in the 3rd and early 4th. Oops, it would have been embarrassing to lose the game after taking your starters out, but as soon as the starters went back in the dominance continued. Plano East had a good defense, so if Trinity would have gone on to the end of the 3rd quarter before pulling in the starters and say they had gotten the score to 56 to 0, would that have been running up the score?
Example:Trinity 50 Irving 7 at halftime.
Just before halftime, on a kickoff, an Irving player was fielding the ball , fumbled and was injured and had to be taken to the hospital. When play resumed, Trinity sent in the 2nd string and downed the ball on the Irving 5 yd line with around 40 seconds til half. I can say, I don't think anyone (players and fans) cared about the remainder of that game because of the concern for the injured player. The game ended ET 50 Irving 14.
I realize that some would say that Trinity ran up the score on some teams last year, but I am proud of the way that our coach (Lineweaver) managed the games when it came to showing some respect to the fine teams that we played.
Someone that using stats to determine how good a team is can miss the detail that the 2nd half was played with back-ups. There is another message board that one (so-called) expert has used the PLano East game to say that Trinity lost the 2nd half to East and that is the reason that he ranks them #9 in the metroplex.
Edited by HakaTown80, 09 August 2006 - 01:31 PM.