I beg to differ with you, John Blabe. The culture in Yuma football that you are writing about is not acceptable. Football in general is not a religion in Yuma but it is a way for our young adult males to be able to compare themselves against their peers in an environment that in itself promotes self-discipline, respect, loyalty, school pride, competition and most important camaraderie. You don’t walk unto the football field and expect someone to hand you all these attributes. You have to earn them.
The sad thing about Yuma football in the most recent years is the fact that our school officials are not willing to go the extra mile to place our young athletes in a position to succeed in this environment. What is wrong with searching any and all means of finding a person or coach with excellent credentials to give our boys an equal chance of competing and knowing that their best effort was not enough to win their competition but the winning team knew that they were in a dogfight?
You only have to look at Yuma Catholic or Cibola and see what a difference good leadership in the athletic field promotes. I remember the days when Yuma High and Kofa were the only games in town. If you didn’t get to the field an hour before the game began, you didn’t get a seat.
All our athletic coaches in Yuma put in an enormous amount of extra time to make their program succeed -- why not reward them with some extra financial aid?
I also don’t believe that tackle football in the junior high school grades is something that we need to implement but a program like the Pop Warner program is an excellent means of introducing tackle football to our youngsters.
Yes John, our kids are just as good as any in Texas, Alabama or what have you but at the end of the day, will it hurt them to say “They were just better than us?”