SMCC football

I've had two people in the last 10 days ask me what's wrong with St. Mary football. That was pretty strange, but after two games, as far as I can tell, nothing really.
Dan Angelo
Aug 25, 2010

I've had two people in the last 10 days ask me what's wrong with St. Mary football. That was pretty strange, but after two games, as far as I can tell, nothing really. They are not the biggest guys in the world, with what looks like half the roster standing 5-foot-nothing. They are also down a few guys from the 48 of 2006 to 39 in 2007. But the fellas are certainly scrappy. The Panthers really had no buisness playing with St. Paul until midway through the second half. Their guys looked like seventh graders compared to the 77 kids on the St. Paul sidelines. But St. Mary CC did play with the Flyers until the hosts got three quick scores and put the game away. And Satruday at Strobel Field, the Panthers were simply the better team. St. Joe had one very good athlete in quarterback Derek Meyer, but St. Mary CC could counter with the 1-2 punch of Ryan Heath and Ryan Wasylik. Wasylik had an amazing night on both sides of the ball. I was thinking back to the last time I saw such a memorable individual performance and I had to go back to the Division IV regional playoffs when Robert Dence of Huron went toe-to-toe with Ben Mauk of Kenton. Those two quarterbacks put on possibly the finest performance I've ever seen in a football game, and that's how good Wasylik was againsst St. Joe. A couple more big guys would definitely be helpful for St. Mary, but the Panthers are playing with their hand pretty well so far. The other thing that seems to be right with the program is the school support. I went into Strobel on Saturday shaking my head and laughing about a handful of guys in togas and paper Burger King crowns. I even I said to a teacher/ticket taker they should be suspended for general principles — since they surely had to be doing something wrong — but I was JOKING, and I'm pretty sure the teacher knew it. I heard some talk after the game school administrators were considering not letting these guys into the stadium. That would have been a shame because while they look pretty goofy, it looked like good, clean fun and certainly livened up the place.

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Common Sense

One element St. Mary's CC football has that is always positive is their head coach. No matter what the score, he never makes excuses for his players or his staff and, in victory, he heaps the praise on all people involved with the sport. With that example to lead them, those players are the real winners because their coach believes in them unconditionally.