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Learning Football in the 60’s

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What fueled your passion for football? What made you want to be a coach? Why did you decide to be a football coach and when did you make that decision? These are all questions we’ve tried to answer in our last few podcasts. I’ve been going through my story, what’s yours? Think about it.

My next phase after flag football was high school football. This is probably when we have our most fun and hopefully learn the most. I had a lot of fun but I’m not sure how much I learned. We got a new coach my sophomore year and I had a lot of respect for him but looking back I see some of the reasons we were so bad. And I mean bad – we won very few games. Coach was a good man but he had a poor staff. He tried to do too much. He didn’t stick to what he believed in. We started in the unbalanced Single Wing. This was an offense from the 40’s and early 50’s. Everyone else was running some form of the split T.  So of course, there was skepticism about the offense. He gave up on it by midseason and put us in the T. The offense everyone else was running. Well, we were still bad. It wasn’t the offense. We had enough talent but there were problems. I didn’t know it then, I was just a kid. Now that I have many years of coaching under my belt I can identify those issues. We had guys in the wrong position. We didn’t have a base defense, we changed every week. We had racial strife and divisions – we weren’t really A TEAM. Guys weren’t committed at all to getting better. was that coaches fault or our fault as players? I tend to think our fault but we needed more guidance.

As far as technique, not much was taught and what was was ineffective. We just hit a lot and learned the cross body block and crab block. Heck, the cross body block and whip kick were illegal by the time I started coaching. No one threw much in those days, remember, you couldn’t use your hands to pass block. You had to block with your shoulder pads with your elbows out and hands to the chest. Try THAT sometime! I wish I knew what the good teams were doing in those days but I don’t. All I know is what we did and we were bad. But you know what? I still loved football and was eager to learn more. 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. Alabama 45.8  12. Utah 46.0  11. North Carolina 46.7  10. Missouri 49.0  9. Pennsylvania 49.9  8…7…

Illinois 50.3 564 Louisiana 51.9 307
Loyola Academy (Wilmette) 11-3 60.7 John Curtis Christian (River Ridge) 13-0 69.7
Brother Rice (Chicago) 13-1 60.3 West Monroe 14-1 60.5
Nazareth Academy (LaGrange Park) 13-1 60.2 University Lab (Baton Rouge) 13-0 58.5
Lincoln-Way East (Frankfort) 12-1 59.4 Edna Karr (New Orleans) 15-0 58.1
Marist (Chicago) 11-2 56.1 Zachary 13-2 55.1
Cary-Grove (Cary) 14-0 52.9 Easton (New Orleans) 11-3 54
Maine South (Park Ridge) 10-2 49.9 Catholic-B.R. (Baton Rouge) 11-2 53.8
Batavia 12-1 48 Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport) 8-4 51.8
Chicago Mt. Carmel (Chicago) 11-2 46.7 Destrehan 12-2 49.7
Homewood-Flossmoor (Flossmoor) 10-2 46.6 Archbishop Rummel (Metairie) 9-3 49.2
East St. Louis 9-3 46 Notre Dame (Crowley) 13-0 49
IC Catholic Prep (Elmhurst) 14-0 45 St. Thomas More (Lafayette) 11-2 47.6
Naperville Central (Naperville) 7-4 44.1 John Ehret (Marrero) 12-2 46.9
Warren Township (Gurnee) 10-2 43.4 Neville (Monroe) 10-3 43.6
St. Charles North (St. Charles) 10-4 43.2 Lafayette Christian Academy 14-0 41.9
Simeon (Chicago) 11-1 42.9 Jesuit (New Orleans) 6-6 41.8


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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.