Archive for Thursday, September 11, 2008

It’s a new year for football, but what an exciting start

September 11, 2008

Football season began last weekend, and was it ever exciting.

A field goal in the closing seconds by Chance Crawford sealed a 29-28 victory for Bonner Springs High School against Bishop Ward in the season-opener, and Basehor-Linwood dominated its game against Santa Fe Trail.

The Big 12 Conference football scheduler threw me a curve by scheduling KU and K-State in a family-divided household, but it did work out for both teams. The Jayhawks and the Wildcats both posted impressive wins and put a lot of points on the board.

Then on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs gave local fans something to cheer about when they took the defending AFC Champion New England Patriots down to the wire before losing, 17-10. Many fans call this a moral victory for the Chiefs, but there is no moral victory: you win, lose, or tie.

The Chiefs did the AFC a big favor by putting Tom Brady out of the game with a season-ending injury. You never like to see anybody get injured, but it was a blow for the Patriots to lose Brady. However, the Chiefs also lost their quarterback, Brodie Croyle, with a shoulder injury that will probably sideline him for a couple of weeks.

It was frustrating for me to try to listen on the radio with the Jayhawks and Wildcats playing at the same time. That didn't work out great so I kind of split my time changing game to game.

My grandsons have put me in this dilemma with one going to Kansas State and the other one graduating from Kansas University. Although, as I indicated in a recent column the reason why I am more or less a Jayhawk fan is that it started back when a good friend of mine and fellow classmate at Wyandotte High School, Ray Evans, accepted a football scholarship at KU. Evans was, to the best of my knowledge, the only Jayhawk to earn All-American honors in both football and basketball. After Evans, Bonner Springs quarterback David Jaynes accepted a scholarship at Kansas where he also received All-American honors.

The Big 12 has a lot of parity in the league and in the North division Missouri has been tabbed the favorite but will be contended by K-State, KU, and possibly Nebraska. Oklahoma is favored to win the South division but will have to contend with Texas and Texas A&M.

I know following the Bonner Springs-Bishop Ward game on Friday night there were two former BSHS female athletes that were very excited with the performances of their sons in the game. Jean Mills, who was a member of the 1984 state championship volleyball team, was teary eyed after her son Chance Crawford kicked the winning field goal in the closing seconds for the win. The other former grad, Lisa Terrell, who is a counselor at the high school, was all smiles after her son Luke Terrell scored the first touchdown. Luke was coached by his Father, David Terrell, at Sacred Heart prior to enrolling in BSHS. I had the privilege of coaching Lisa and Jean at Sacred Heart years ago. I can see why Luke and Chance are so competitive. They take after their parents who played with great enthusiasm. Jean scored the winning point for Bonner Springs in the title game in 1984 and is one of the all-time leading scorers in basketball. Lisa played softball, volleyball and basketball for the Bravettes, where she had an outstanding career. David Terrell is no newcomer to Bonner Springs fans, as he was one of the better slow-pitch players over the years in the area. So was Lisa's Father, Jack Pickert, who is still playing in the senior softball leagues.

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