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Football: Late September is upon us

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You can tell it is late September. The temperature falls below 80 at night, humidity is down around 70 percent, and the Florida lizards are finished playing high school teams and looking beatable once they hit the field with another big-boy team.

In the off season, Utah tried to buy an early spot on the Florida schedule, but that brave Urban Myer didn’t want to drop traditional rivals Charleston Southern or Troy. It is very hard to say this, but I was really pulling for Tennessee last weekend. I have also started pulling for the University of Miami to regain some of their old swagger. That was hard to say too, but follow me on this.

Back in the early ‘80s, a friend and huge college football fan told me, “If the universities in Florida ever figure it out, they will dominate the sport.” At the time, the statement was pretty ridiculous. Miami was a disaster and on the verge of scrapping the program before Howard Schnellenberger agreed to give it a try. Bobby Bowden was just getting his footing at FSU, and Charlie Pell was so bad at Florida all the Dogs had to do was show up with Lindsay Scott.

Then they all figured it out.

Since 1983, teams from the state have won 10 of 25 titles. That is 40 percent for those of you from Dawson, or more pigs than one farmer should own.

The BCS was installed in 1993 to help level the field for the rest of the country and give the Ohio States and Notre Dames of the world equal access to the title, but that hasn’t worked either. Florida teams are still winning 40 percent of the titles in that time frame, too, and have participated in the championship game 73 percent of the time.

So how would a resurgent Miami help?

Dilution. If the talent would get broken up a bit more, maybe Georgia could get the upper hand. The enemy of my enemy is a friend. Ever read Sun Tzu – The Art of War?

Okay I haven’t read it, either, but I’ll bet you there is something in there about dividing and concurring.

November storm in the Georgia Dome?

The local high school schedule is also getting very interesting. Two local teams have legitimate chances of going deep into the playoffs. If you have not heard, Monroe has surrendered a grand total of 3 points all season. They had a couple of cupcakes early, but last weekend the defense shut down Crisp County. Impressive!

I like coach Charles Truitt and what he has done at Monroe, and this squad could be better than his 2006 unit that won 10 games. That year saw Monroe drop only one regular season contest, a 42-0 thrashing by Thomas County Central. In 2006, Truitt and company had outscored their opponents by 71 points after four games. In 2009, they have a 120-point advantage at the same point of the season. It is easier to get a loan from ADICA than it is to score on this bunch. Is there going to be a November Tornado in the Georgia Dome?

Give ‘em the spurs, coach!

DWS is on a very similar path as the 2008 squad. Last year the Knights needed a few games to get their act together. Coach Allen Lowe will let his guys make some mistakes early in the season as they learn, then go to the spurs when his horse is on the back stretch.

Last season, he hit the spurs at halftime of a contest at Pinewood when his team was playing basketball on turf. This season, he dug them in at halftime of the Stratford game with his team leading by one touchdown.

Since “inspiring” the boys last week, DWS has out scored their opponents 50-0 in six quarters of play.

By Mike Flynn

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