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Realize How Much You Don’t Know!

Listen To The Podcast!     Coach L. Albaugh      DBLITY

We’ve been taking a look the last several weeks to look at the evolution of our life in football and as football coaches. I’ve enjoyed looking back and seeing my trail and I hope you’ve had a chance to do the same. There were a lot more stories I could’ve covered but maybe I’ll tell those another day. I will say this – my last 10 years as a defensive coordinator may have been the period that I learned the most. You see, sometimes you have to realize how much you DON’T KNOW, to begin learning in earnest. I think that’s what happened to me. And, I finally figured out the best ways to learn and why. I also think it’s very important for the head coach to do what it takes to coach his coaches, particularly the young guys.

Hey, some states have already begun playing football and others get started this weekend. We here in Illinois start this weekend and how exciting is opening weekend? This is absolutely one of my favorite times of year. I’ll never lose that feeling of anticipation even in my retired years. Speaking of season openers, how many of you saw the Florida – Miami game to kick off the college season? Close score with Florida winning 24-20. Now, I want to be fair, I only saw the 4th quarter, so I don’t want to judge the whole game based on that. But the 4th quarter was just not very good football. Oh sure, there was plenty of talent on the field but the fumbles, interceptions and countless penalties made it hard to watch. It made me wonder, are we trying to do too much in football? Formations, shifts, motion, no huddle, fast pace, – maybe simpler makes better football. Just a thought.

So what did you think of the countdown? If you look at the numbers the top 5 were clearly California, Florida, Ohio, Texas, and Georgia. That was no surprise. I think those have been the dominant states for awhile. What surprised me was California’s margin of “victory” so to speak. And I thought Texas would be #2 and closer to California’s score. I figured Florida would be 3 and Ohio 4 with Georgia #5. At least that would’ve been my guess. Michigan was much lower than I expected and Maryland and Indiana were higher than I thought. Nothing else surprised me. In general the higher population states scored the highest and the less populated states scored the lowest. Does that mean the states that had the highest scores play better football? Not necessarily, just more talent. What do I mean by good football? Go back and listen to Episode 3 of the podcasts. One more thing…

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. Illinois 50.3  7. Louisiana 51.9  6. Maryland 52.8  5. Georgia 57.2  4. Texas 60.8 3. Ohio 61.0  2. Florida 62.5  1. California 69.4

Florida 62.5 (61.13) California 69.4
IMG Academy (Bradenton) 7-1 83.6 Mater Dei (Santa Ana) 13-2 96.2
Lakeland 15-0 69.7 St. John Bosco (Bellflower) 13-1 89.4
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale) 13-2 67.4 De La Salle (Concord) 12-1 82.2
Carol City (Miami) 9-3 67.3 Folsom 14-1 78.3
Central (Miami) 10-3 67.2 Centennial (Corona) 12-1 75.3
Mandarin (Jacksonville) 11-4 63.1 Oaks Christian (Westlake Village) 12-1 71.3
Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale) 13-2 62.9 JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano) 9-3 71.1
Columbus (Miami) 14-1 62.5 Mission Viejo 6-6 67.6
Northwestern (Miami) 10-5 61.2 Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) 12-2 64.3
Venice 12-2 60.8 Liberty (Brentwood) 13-1 64
Wekiva (Apopka) 11-2 58.2 Grace Brethren (Simi Valley) 14-2 60.5
Raines (Jacksonville) 13-1 56.6 Bishop Amat (La Puente) 9-2 59.5
Chaminade-Madonna (Hollywood) 12-2 55.5 Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth) 12-4 58.8
Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville) 13-1 55.2 Central (Fresno) 13-1 58.3
Columbia (Lake City) 10-2 54.8 Del Oro (Loomis) 13-2 56.6
Armwood (Seffner) 13-2 54.6 Upland 12-3 56.5

 

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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.