Loved your post, Coach Macho, especially the bolded words above. That is SO true. Great job giving that kid a shot.
To clarify my point above, some kids don't have a place on certain teams today not because they are not deserving..it's because of the narrow-mindedness of certain coach's.
Years ago, Kathleen gave Lakeland fits for a number of years. They had D's in the early 2000's which folks today would look at and go "no way" in terms of their size. But they were straight nasty and really knew how to play as a unit. Ask Chris Rainey.
Coach Guandolo, who coached at a number of S FL high schools, was a master of getting the most out of kids. I remember watching a state title game with a central FL coach and seeing one of his teams play. A number of people thought that team was one of the best teams all classifications in the state. I can only remember one kid from that team who ended up starting on a D1 team. But as a team, they were fantastic.
We were focused on this one O-lineman on that team. Have no idea what his name name was...he certainly wasn't a heavily recruited kid. Very lean and am guessing he weighed about 240. That coach and I were having spasms watching this kid play. His technique was great and he was dominating play.