Now that St. Mary’s football team is getting closer and closer to becoming Section 2A champs, I thought I’d talk football.
First off, it seems as though high school referees rarely call pass interference. If I was a cornerback, I would be all over the wide receivers. Unless it’s a blatant, obvious interference such as tackling the receiver before the ball gets there, I feel like cornerbacks can have their hands all over the receiver without being penalized. The Knights already do a great job on defense, but this might not be a bad idea once St. Mary’s faces some of the tougher teams with offenses that rely on their WRs. Then again, the refs in the Section and State tournament games might be more strict than the ones in the regular season.
My other opinion has to do with two-point conversions. On Oct. 16, the Knights failed all four of their two-point conversion attempts against BLHS. That’s eight missed points they could have added to the score. Or if you look at it the other way, that’s four easy points they could have made with just extra point kicks. If the Knights want a shot at winning the State title, they have to do a better job at making the PAT. There are a lot of football games that come down to just one or two points, so making these PAT’s is crucial. They can make or break a game.
Meanwhile, in the professional football world, the first Packer-Viking game will take place this Sunday at the Metrodome. The Vikings have had troubles with their quarterbacks, and on Monday they tried Josh Freeman. Freeman went 20-53 on the night against the winless Giants. In my opinion, the Vikings should tank the rest of the season so they can get higher draft picks. Either way, I can’t see them beating the Packers on Sunday. The Pack has had trouble in the loud metrodome before, but with shaky quarterbacks and a below average defense, the Vikings are on their way to 1-6.
One final thing, it doesn’t have to do with football, but oh well. I want to quick say congratulations to Sleepy Eye cross country coach Scott DeMaris, who was recently named the Tomahawk Conference Coach of the Year. You deserve it Scott!