Kremer, Barden: High-scoring here to stay
by By Andrew B. Adler
Oct 13, 2012 | 979 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A bye week could not have come at a better time for coach Jim Kremer and the Adairsville Tigers. It gives them ample opportunity to catch their breath following two, exhilarating high-scoring victories.

But, while his players recouped during the week, Kremer was still hunting for the oxygen tank after watching his team win by scores of 40-38 and 70-55 against Ringgold and North Murray, respectively.

Kremer was happy with the combined, 110 points scored, but it was the way the Tigers won those two games that had him gasping for air.

The Tigers needed a Dakota Hines’ field goal with 14 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to defeat Ringgold after squandering a 28-6 second quarter lead.

Against North Murray, Adairsville led 28-7 with five minutes remaining before halftime, only to have the Mountaineers tie it at 28-28 less than two minutes later.

“Then it was 35-35 [at halftime], and then 49-49, and before you know it, the score is 70-49 in our favor,” said Kremer, still reliving that game like it was played yesterday. “I know a lot of people were shaking their heads when they saw the final score. I know I was. We won, but not before we self-destructed once again after building a big lead.”

Kremer does not expect his Tigers to score 70 points in one game again anytime soon, but he does foresee a trend where high-scoring games become the norm.

The reason for this growing trend?

“You are seeing it at the pro, college and high school level, where the quarterback can throw for touchdowns and run like a gazelle,” he said. “Having a quarterback like that makes it feel like you are having to defend against 12 players on the field, not 11.

“There was a time when the quarterback, if he wasn’t a good runner, was a great passer. And, if he was an average passer, he had to be a great runner. Today, you have quarterbacks who are great throwers and great runners. Whether we play Cartersville or Sonoraville, we now go in to every game thinking, not how we can stop them, but how can we slow them down.”

Cartersville coach Frank Barden agrees.

“You have two major reasons for high-scoring games,” said Barden, whose Purple Hurricanes also enjoyed an off week. “One is, high-scoring games are a product of teams spreading the field on offense, and having a quarterback who can both pass and run. And, second, any time you see a team score that many points like Adairsville and North Murray did, it is a product of both teams making mistakes on special teams, committing numerous turnovers and giving your opponent a short-field in which to operate.”

When it comes to lopsided losses in which teams are defeated by scores of 50-0, 63-7 or 43-7, Barden alluded to the teams who have players starting on offense and defense.

“Those are the teams that give up a lot of points,” he said. “They are worn down by the second half. It’s no secret that the more players you have, the better your chances are for winning.”

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