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A high school football coach is facing formal accusations of bullying after his team won a football game against an opposing team by a score of 91 to nothing.  The individual who filled the formal complaint is one of the parents of a player whose team lost the game.  Oh, boohoo to you…because your precious little darling does not like to lose.

This goes back to the idea that we cannot have any losers in a sporting contest because some children may be upset over losing and this may somehow scar them for life.  Sorry, any parent who believes this crap should immediately put their children from participating in any sporting or competitive event and also home school them so that they are not part of the real world.

The truth of the matter is that Texas high school coach Tim Buchanan benched his starters after only 21 plays, kept to a conservative ground game, and even allowed the clock to run uninterrupted, after halftime, to hasten the final whistle.  Still, his Bearcats won 91-0.

The impressive victory for undefeated Aledo High School, a football powerhouse in suburban Fort Worth that has put up similar numbers against other schools, has forced an investigation after a parent from the opposing team filed a bullying complaint.  The complaint, which must be investigated under state law, says Buchanan should have done more to prevent the lopsided score.

“It wasn’t good for anybody,” Buchanan said of the Friday win over Western Hills in a Class 4A matchup.  “I’ve sat and gone over and over and over it on what we could have done differently.  The score could have very easily been 150 to nothing.”  Western Hills coach John Naylor said that he disagrees with the bullying allegation, which suggests that Buchanan should have made their players ease up and quit playing that hard.

Under state law, Aledo’s principal must investigate the complaint and prepare a report. The complaint was filed with the school district, which the law requires to provide bullying complaint forms on its websites.

The University Interscholastic League, the governing body for high school sports in Texas, only has a mercy rule for six-man football that ends a game when one team gets ahead by 45 points by halftime or later.  There is no mercy rule for 11-man football, though coaches can agree to end a game early.  Buchanan said Tuesday he wasn’t aware of that option.

While blowouts are not uncommon in Texas high school football, Aledo has racked up several of them this season, due in part to being placed in a new district that has not been as strong in football. The Bearcats’ average victory margin in four district games is 77 points.

The University Interscholastic League bases its realignment decisions on enrollment and geographic location to minimize travel time, a move aimed at reducing class absences.  When Aledo was placed in a different district before last season, its travel time to the furthest location was cut from two hours to about 35 miles, Buchanan said.

Buchanan’s team, which is averaging 69.3 points a game with a 7-0 record, ran just 32 plays but scored on about every third one during Friday’s game.  Aledo rushed for 391 yards.  It scored eight touchdowns on the ground, two each on passes and punt returns, and one on a fumble recovery.  Western Hills, on the other hand, had 79 yards rushing and 67 yards passing.

The UIL follows NCAA rules, but most other states follow guidelines of the National Federation of State High School Associations.  Many of the federation’s 48 member states and the District of Columbia have adopted a mercy rule in 11-man football.  A recent survey, published in February, found that 16 states reported using a mercy rule with point margins, which are set by individual states, ranging from 30 points to 50 points.

Aledo Principal Dan Peterson said his report on the bullying complaint should be completed this week.  It will be given to the father who filed the complaint and the staff at Western Hills.

Maybe that father who filed the complaint should suggest a rule change to the University Interscholastic League in Texas that they adopt a 10 point rule, like the 10 run rule in little league.  Once a team is leading by 10 points, the contest is called and that team is rewarded the victory.  Meanwhile the other team is rewarded for showing up and both teams can hold hands and sing kumbaya, because God forbid that we scar anymore children.

 

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