Having fun winning: Powerful Blair Oaks takes aim at Clark County
WARDSVILLE, Mo. --- South Callaway had a good football team. Actually, quite good --- you have to be to win 10 straight in a 12-game season.
But like all others, the Bulldogs were simply bugs on the windshield of this Blair Oaks Football Machine.
The Falcons aren't just winning, they're decimating teams ... some good teams, some bad. Whoever's come their way, they haven't blinked.
Winning sure is fun, but it goes far beyond that. Girls aren't the only ones who want to have fun, because these guys are having a ton of it.
"It's been a blast and it started last March, coming in and seeing they wanted to have fun playing football," said Falcons coach Ted LePage, whose top-ranked Falcons (12-0) play at eighth-ranked Clark County (10-2) in the Class 2 quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday.
"The players really gravitated to it. The process is a heck of a lot more fun than the end result. Everybody wants to be state champs, but the end result is about how much fun they had playing in their high school career.
"Let's win some game and have some fun doing it."
Apparently, even practices have been a blast.
"Tuesday, there was snow on the ground and the wind chill was 22, and these guys came out and had a great practice," LePage said. "They just enjoy playing the game."
Even when it's cold, the Falcons have remained red-hot. In last week's 49-2 drubbing of South Callaway to clinch Blair Oaks' fourth straight district championship, it was silly-cold for this time of year, even colder when you factor in the winds on a night that featured blowing snow.
But this team had a (snow) ball.
"That doesn't happen very often, but we welcomed that," LePage said. "When I took the job, one of the things I talked about with the seniors is that last year towards November, they were a pass-happy team and I think it (cold, windy weather) got in their heads a little bit.
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