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Bernie and The Gang
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I’ve been talking about where we all got our first football lessons and what ignited our passion for football that eventually led to our being football coaches. Last week I shared how my little brother and I got our start in football. My big jump in my football progression came in 1957 when I was 6 years old. We moved to a new subdivision called Sunnyland. Yeah, typical 50’s post WWII new subdivision. Luckily for me there was a gang of about 8 boys within 1-2 blocks of our house. Two doors down from us was an 8 year old boy named Bernie. Now, when you’re 6 an 8 year old guy seems pretty big and manly. Bernie was a sport nut – especially football and baseball. He was what we called “husky” back in those days. Big kid. He took my brother and me under his wing and played football all the time in our backyards. 2 against 1. My brother and me against Big Bernie.
Then, of course, the whole gang would get together and we’d play “Kill The Man With The Ball”. You probably played a similar game – where one guy has the ball and everyone else tries to tackle him as he runs around the yard. Could play it for hours. Sometimes we played 2 on 2 or 3 on 3, 4 on 4 or whatever we had. Little by little I learned football rules and how to block, tackle, throw, catch, and punt. All the basics. AND NO ADULTS! They were busy and they just got in our way anyway. We never learned from adults, we taught ourselves. This is how I played football until I was 12 years old. Just me and my buddies. Nothing organized. I was well on my way to learning football. AND THAT’S MY TAKE FOR NOW!
Time to get to the “Countdown”. Which states have the most powerful high school football teams? Remember, we are looking at the top 16 schools from each state and averaging their scores for ranking purposes. Below is a list of teams already covered with their power index rating included.
Sweet 16 Countdown: 51. Alaska -9.2 50. Vermont -1.7 49. North Dakota 3.3 48. Wyoming 5.2 47. Rhode Island 8.4 46. District of Columbia 8.4 45. Delaware 14.7 44. South Dakota 15.3 43. New Hampshire 16.7 42. Montana 19.2 41. Maine 19.5 40. New Mexico 20.5 39. Oregon 24.2 38. West Virginia 26.3 37. Nevada 31.2 36. Idaho 32.2 35. Nebraska 32.6 34. New York 33.0 33. Iowa 34.4 32. Minnesota 35.9 31. Kentucky 36.3 30. Hawaii 36.5 29. Connecticut 37.3 28. Massachusetts 38.3 27. Wisconsin 39.9 26. Virginia 40.8 25. Oklahoma 41.5 24. Michigan 41.53 23. Kansas 41.8 22. Tennessee 41.9 21. Washington 42.6 20. Indiana 43.9 19. Colorado 44.4 18. South Carolina 44.61 17. New Jersey 44.63 16. Arkansa 45.0 15. Arizona 45.2 14. Mississippi 45.6 13…12…11…
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Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.