I was forwarded a link by a colleague and wanted to pass it along. A high school team in Kansas, Smith Center, scored 72 points in the first quarter of an 83-0 win. It is believed to be a national record. The previous being 66 by an Arizona school in 1925.
That seemingly puts the New England Patriots 52-0 controversy to rest.
Back to the prep game. The losing coach had no problem with it, having lost to Smith Center 69-0 already this season. The winning coach was embarrassed, here is what he said afterwards:
“We’re not here to run up the score. We want our kids to play hard and get ready for the next round of the playoffs. This just sort of happened. And once it started, I didn’t know what to do.”
Later in the game his players intentionally knelt and attempted field goals on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
This team, Smith Center, is the defending state champion and has outscored opponents 640-0 this season.
What are your thoughts on this game and lopsided games in general? Is kneeling in the second quarter just as bad?
1. Jolene Crook-Meyers, Kentwood girls soccer — The junior midfielder scored the game-winning goal on a 47th-minute free kick to give the Conquerors the No. 1 seed to districts. It also gave Beamer (16-1-0) its first loss of the season.
2. Kylin Munoz and Kaitlyn Drew, Monroe volleyball — Munoz, a 6-foot-1 junior, had 24 kills, thanks in part to the 36 assists of Drew, a 5-foot-5 junior, as the Bearcats ensured a berth to state in the Northwest 4A District tournament.
3. Lakeside and Seattle Prep girls soccer — Both Metro teams booked a return trip to state with semifinal wins in the Metro League tournament. Lions senior Ellie Crutcher had a
hand foot in multiple goals and Panthers stalwart Pfeiffer Bloecker had a goal and two assists.
Tonight’s top games
1. There are plenty of big soccer games tonight, but Snohomish (14-1-1) vs. Jackson (15-0-1) might be tops. The WesCo North and South Division championships kick off at 7:30 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.
2. Holy Names vs. Nathan Hale, girls soccer, 7:30 — Two teams that missed out on state last season have a chance to clinch a berth tonight at the Southwest Athletic Complex.
3. Christian Faith vs. Concrete, football, noon — The playoffs are here! These Class 2B schools start what should be a wild weekend of football in the preliminary round.