May 27, 2018
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Do high school football coaches run up the score?

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

You are a high school football coach and your team has a 26-point lead with 48 seconds remaining in the game. It’s your ball. A local coach had this particular scenario recently and he elected to put his first offensive unit back into the game. On the first play, one of his running backs raced for another touchdown.

If you were the coach, would you have kept your first unit in the game? Would you have risked injury to one of your star players? Would you have risked creating bad feelings with the opposing coach who could have understandably thought you were trying to run up the score?

Should you have had your quarterback kneel down with the ball and let the clock run out or would you feel that could be construed as rubbing it in? Should you have put in your second unit and let them run a conservative play or two?

What would you have done?

Thanks for taking the time to respond. I look forward to reading your comments.

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