Best coach, best offense and best defense in 4A. Logan will be awfully tough to
beat in the playoffs. By not playing a few starters East kept this game close.
Logan would have played their starters all game and put up 60 plus points. Good
when east plays a good coached team they always look bad...outcoached
If the game mattered, east would have won.
When you are afraid to lose I guess it is best to throw in the towel before the
game even starts. To be competitive you don't want to lose and to waffle on how
if you want to play or play your JV or even show up for the game. Hats off to
Logan and East, I hope you can make up your mind if you want to play next week.
It shows who has class and who has excuses.
I've worked with both coaches, and both are good men. Having said that, Coach
Favero is a seasoned, proven winner with "history" at a school he's
guided to the Championship before - he knows what he's doing, and his players
have grown up in his system...Coach Matich is an up and coming coach
who is sure to learn from this game and continue building a winning program.
His players are still growing into his system and East is sure to be in the mix
for the 4A Championship this year and for years to come...Don't
forget, the trophy is handed out in November, not October...
I think that this was the right decision for East. Outcome would not have
changed but the confidence level going into the playoffs would have changed for
East. This team needs confidence going in to the playoffs. Season #2 is about
Matich will learn a valuable lesson.Logan pulled there starters
after the game was in hand, this is the same pattern the Grizz have fallowed
all season. DJ plays a solid first half then the others get playing
time. Favero rests his starters while the JV and sophomores see valuable playing
time. Now that is a smart coach.
Yeah, at 9-0 East really should be feeling bad about the season. Matich knew
they would lose and wanted an excuse when they did. What kind of a coach gives
up on an undefeated season?
How much more does Coach Matich need to learn about Logan. Logan broke his
heart when he coached at Park City. Now Logan takes away his perfect season.
How could he even consider laying down for last nights game. (if he did ?) The
kids work all year to play in big games and deserve to compete in the spotlight.
I understand injururies could happen. Some could even have big implications.
Its part of the sport. Congrats to both schools for a fine season. Even more
congrats to Logan for playing the game to win. There are some very good
football teams in 4A this year. Should be a great tournament. I like Logan's
chances but there is lots of football yet to be played. Go Grizz
Good thing about high school football, going undefeated doesn't matter. That's
what playoffs are for. You can say all you want about East not playing their
starters by choice, but in reality they had 4-5 linemen not playing because of
injury. East literally shot themselves in the foot as much as possible, if
these two teams play again expect a different game.
I love Easts uniforms. Best in the state in my opinion.
I made the trip from Wyoming to watch this game last night, and Sideline9, I
think you are right about 1 thing....I do expect a different game next time. I
expect Logan to win by a larger margin. There was all kinds of hype about East
sitting their studs and I know on the line there were a few gone....or at least
that's what I read here....but a short time into the first quarter the big name
backs were in the game. Logan wasn't really clicking early on offensive side of
the ball. Logan is very impressive, and I think Coach Favero is the best
around. Honestly, the biggest question I have is what would happen in a Logan
vs Lone Peak matchup?.....It would be a good one in my opinion.
@mikerelax, it's only high school football and last, be careful what u
wish for cuz lone peak would take logan out to woodshed!!!
Just a thought. If East had the majority of their HUGE lineman out, that alone
explains the outcome. The line controls the game. The skill players are able to
do what they do based on the line. If the line is not in to punch holes, it does
not matter how good your back is. And I will tell you this..East's lineman are
East is a very good team with very good coaching, but I think Logan is just a
cut above them this year. It is the Grizzlies title to lose. Good observations
on Coach Favero--he might not have the total rings of say Coach Dupaix or Coach
Wong or Coach Wall, but arguably he is the best coach in the state. Anyone who
can beat Highland with Haloti Ngata with the smallest school in the 4A
classification (at that time) in the state championship has to know what he's
I am thinking Matich should of had a press conference before the warning the
fans of East that they would be tanking the game with a JV caliber team on the
field and that they should not waste their time attending the game. I also
deserve a apology from Matich because he totally jacked up my picks on D-news ha
Thanks for representing, Brandon. Glad to know you and your players didn't think
the game was important. Grandpa would be proud.
If the game wasn't important, why didn't you cancel it, seeing as it meant
nothing to either of you post season? I think each game is important for you,
chasing an undefeated record and a state championship. Surprising how you can
practice all week, show up to play but not care. What a waste. Is this the NFL
and are you the Colts or the Patriots?
Both teams are good and logan might make it past one round this year. We all
know how last years attempt went. They will not win the 4A title. That will go
to one of three teams in region 6. East yes even though they lost last night,
Bountiful, or Highland. I'm betting Highland. And I'm also betting Logan plays
the Rams in round one or two and losses. Just like they did to the then
defending champs Timpview. Look it up region six is the best region in 4A this
East is still average. Matich is average. I'll be impressed when East can make
it to the turf. Props to Coach Favero for doing the right thing and letting his
kids play. High school football isn't about "saving" your players for
the playoffs. High school football is about going out w/a band of brothers
EVERY game night and enjoying it while it lasts. High school football isn't a
right, it's a privilege. Let the kids enjoy it while it lasts. To coach
Matich, learn from the GREAT coaches in the state like Larry Wall, better check
your ego when you leave your office. You're still an upstart coach, and you
haven't proven anything.
Y do they have East winning in the pick'ems? Also Logan was up 29-0 in the 2nd
when they pulled there starters If they played the whole game they would have
won by 70 or 80, JV vs JV in this game 2 1/2 quarters Logan's won 17-14. Logan
is Just better. Most of there kids have been starting for 3 years now, I said 2
years ago when they where 3-7 that in 2 years they would be a top 4A team and
now with Timpview down they r the best, Logan will play the winner of Timpview
vs East in the championship game
lol @ stang08.....are you for real? Favero is one of the best, if not the best
coach in Utah. Peck, Wall, Monte down at San Juan are all great as well, but
Favero does it with fewer numbers than the other 4a schools and I believe is on
the way to another title....and honestly, I don't think the other schools you
mentioned are even in their league. You talk about them losing in the playoffs
last year.....did you notice how many underclassmen they started last year.
Time will tell stang, but we will see who is eating crow 4 weeks from now.
I don't get the animosity towards coach Matich. Dumb game to begin with, first
of all. Why does it matter what East does in a COMPLETELY MEANINGLESS GAME. I
don't know how else to say it. East was already the outright region 6 champ, as
was Logan in their region, why do you think Matich was trying to cancel the
game? But favero just had to play.East was coming of back to back
shut out wins over Bountiful and Highland, two of the most physical teams in the
state, so of course they aren't physically ready to go again on Wednesday,
especially with the varsity starters only practicing one time for Logan. If
East doesn't gift wrap 5 td's for Logan, it's obviously a different game. I'm an
Oly fan, but went to the game, and that was NOT the same East as the week
before.... take that for what it's worth.
East tried canceling the game. And Favero wouldn't budge. Logan knew last week
that East was extremely banged up and planned on playing JV guys. Way to go
logan, good season. Too bad you didn't nearly get East's best shot.
Thanks for playing the game East! 10 games on the schedule, you play 10 games.
If you want to sit people then accept the results. There should be no excuses on
what happened. It was too bad that the decision was made to not play the
starters, but there wasn't much of a difference when the starters were in there.
Good luck in the playoffs to both teams, maybe there will be a rematch.
@Sideline9Sky View gift wrapped 67 points to Logan and looked way
different than the Sky View team that thumped Olympus. Take that for what it's
how do you gift wrap 67 points? i agree they looked different than other games,
they have been great and terrible, hopfully they are great again during the
Sorry pbr I didn't read the comments by Sideline9. I agree now!!
After logan ran over the nonstarters on the first two series, Coach Matich
hurried and put in his starters, only to have logan treat his starters like a
supersize meal. He played his starters the rest of the first half, being down
36-0. You may be entitled to your opinion but not the facts.
East fans are killing me here....They act like Logan should have just canceled
the game because East wanted to. I've heard that when this game was scheduled
one of the stipulations was that under all circumstances IT WOULD BE PLAYED. I
think that both schools thought a situation like this could arise where both
teams had already secured their playoff spots at the top, and therefore that was
one of the stipulations...that the game WOULD NOT be cancelled. Both teams must
have agreed. I'm more inclined to believe that when Coach Matich started
watching film on Saturday morning and finally focusing on Logan rather than the
other teams on the film that he was shocked at how good they were.........
At that point he probably started thinking, what does it do to our kids
confidence going into the playoffs if we lose this game?....especially if we
lose big. At that point you call to see if just by chance Logan is thinking the
same way and might be interested cancelling as well. Unfortunately Logan was
ready to get it on so you start talking about playing JV players.....at least
that way, if you do have to meet up with them again at least you can sale to
your kids that we played JV kids or it would have been a different
game...lol....Maybe this was the Coach Matich strategy.
I absolutely think matich is one of the best coaches in the state! To say he
isnt is straight IGNORANCE! Funny thing is, is that all the coaches you've
mentioned wall peck favero, they will all say he is a great coach. and that he
is one of the best. So if your thinking on comin on here n saying stuff you dont
have any clue about, you might think twice, cuz you might just sound stupid to
alot of people!
Matich is a good coach. He has done well at both PC and East. Anyone on here
that is labeling him as anything but, has no clue. However, he made a mistake
by second guessing himself twice. First, if you schedule a game, play it.
Otherwise, don't schedule it. Second, if you are going to play your 2's and
3's, rather than your 1's, stick to the plan. I love that Brandon is so
competitive that he threw his guys in, but he sent a strong message of zero
confidence to his backups.It would be interesting to see these two
in the finals, but I personally don't see East getting through their bracket.
They have already peaked. Bountiful, as much as I respect them, is not as
strong offensively as they have been. The same can be said about highland
before the return of their QB. Everyone is touting Region six, but five is
stronger. Look to Timpview or Skyline (sorry Cache Valley, no way Sky View wins
the 1st round) to come out of that bracket. A Skyline or Timpvie vs Logan
championship would be much stronger than east.
@mikeinlymanUnderclassman doesn't matter they still lost. And they
will lose before they get to the title or in the title. Favero may be one of
but he's not the best in the state. Sorry my friend but you are wrong about
Logan just like all the fans in the hearald journal comment boards. You are in
Wyoming. Why are you commenting on teams in Northern Utah?
@stang08You live in Cedar City, why are you commenting on teams from
northern utah? You had to be in the MC band because you blow a lot of hot air!
The love affair with region 6 is comical, you've probably watched zero games
this year. Bountiful and East aren't as good as Logan. Highland, well I haven't
seen them play. Olympus got beat by Sky View. Quit being a blow hard and go root
for your T-Birds.
Region 6 just beat each other up. Logan is better than anyone in region 6, but
that's where it stops. Region 6 4th place team beat region 5 2nd place team.
Away. And Wx didn't even play a great game. Region 6 is stronger, but Logan as
an individual school is the best in 4a this year. Heck. Maybe the state.
As much as I hate to say it Logan is the real deal this year. It is their title
to lose. As for Mountain Crest, it will just depend on which team shows up. I
think that they can beat Westlake, but I also think Westlake has a very good
chance to beat them. My bet for the final 4 in 4A are Logan, Bountiful,
Timpview and Skyline.
My final 4:Bountiful over LoganEast over TimpviewFinal: East 56 Bountiful 0
Box Elder is an underrated, tough team.Mountain Crest is down, but has a
great coach.Sky View...well, I'd be surprised if they won.Logan...Toughest game will be against a healed Highland. If they get past
that, they'll roll.
Region 6 is ok. But I don't really see any evidence that they are much better
than other regions.Fact is, top team in any region this year is capable of
winning it all. I think there is a significant drop off in depth outside of the
No I don't live in Cache valley anymore. I am in college. If Logan is region
5's one hope region 5 will not win the title. Sorry my friend but you to blow
hot air. Must have been in the logan band right PBR. Do you know anything
about athletics? Of course you don't. You are a grizzlie and probably an
aggie. One team that won't make noise when the playoffs come. And who knows or
cares about the aggie football team.
Hey, and just so we are straight here....I never said Matich wasn't a great
coach. He is and he has proved it. I do think he made a mistake in this case,
but I still think that my theory about him knowing how good Logan was after he
broke down film on them has validity. I think it's possible that he was trying
to do everything possible to keep his teams confidence high. Unfortunately, I
think what happened will have the opposite effect. I think Logan rolls through
the playoffs on the way to another state title. Stang, I've always watched a
lot of Utah football....especially Logan. I am a former coach...so I watch as
much as I can. My son is a senior on a high school team in Wyoming that is in
the midst of their own title run. I watch their games and then head for another
one if schedules allow it. My sons playoff game is Friday this week....Logan
plays Saturday....guessing my son and I will head for Logan as soon as their
Saturday, weight training and film sessions are over....Gotta love high school
You didn't state weather Logan will win one round or not. If you did I din't
see it. And if you did you are wrong. Good luck to your kid in Wyoming. The
grizzlies will meet the eventual state champs AGAIN. And they will lose again.
Sorry Favero isn't as good as you say. Wooton is the top coach in the state.
On and off the field.
Hahahaha remind me again how many state titles Wooten has again? I also saw that
someone has bountiful beating Logan in the final 4... Do you happen to remember
Logan beat bountiful 56-34? (Logan led 49-3 three minutes into he third quarter
before subbing in jv and soph's) every single team in 4A is a level below Logan
this year. To answer your ideation stang08, yes I will absolutely guarantee a
Logan victory not only in the first round, but they WILL win state. Logan
dominated not only your beloved region 6 but WON every game on he schedule. For
what its worth Coach wooten sure hasn't looked like a better coach than favero.
Last year Logan beat MC with much less talent and experience, as well as
dominating the matchup this year. Good coaches win games, Great coaches win
Although your comments generally aren't backed by facts or any sort of logical
thought, I do love the passion you have for the game. I didn't mention this in
my last comment, but I do respect mountain crest's program. They always play
hard and with heart. The comparison of wooten being the best coach however, is
fairly ridiculous. Depending on which factors you use to determine the
"best coach" there are several candidates. Coach dupaix at skyline has
arguably the most storied career in the state. Favero has 3 state
championships,and a likely 4th this year. I'm not even saying favero is THE best
coach overall, I'm just stating that it is absurd and innacurate to say that
wooten is the best coach in the state. If you would ever like to talk football,
coaching, or make some predictions for the ever important bragging rights, feel
free to let me know.
LOL at stang. Braydan, said everything I need to. Wooten is a good coach
Wooton has a 4A ring. What does Favero have? A couple of 3A rings and if you
are a 4A school like logan you really can't brag about winning a title in a
division below your own. Logans last title was MC's last title and it is going
to stay that way. Other then a few losses to logan region six is the best in 4A
this year. I'll say it again if region 5's only hope for a title is logan the
region is in trouble and will be sadley disapointed. Wooton is also a good man.
You two forgot to mention that.
The sad part is in the same sentence you literally mention the losses that the
top teams in region 6 have to logan, and yet you state that logan has no shot at
being better than region 6 in the tournament. Essentially you're stating that
region 6 has better than everyone this year except logan... Which I completely
agree with, you attempted to argue with me but ended up agreeing instead.Favero
has 1 4a ring (2000) 2 3a rings (2005, a year in which logan was unanimously
conidered the best team in the state regardless of classification, and 2007) the
fact is, even your last and only state title under wooten would not have been
won had logan been in 4a in 2005. Do not even attempt any semblence of an
argument because you will lose. Ask any credible football source or anyone who
even watched both teams that year, logan was the BEST team in football that
year. So let's cut out 2007 even, and we have favero with 2 "valid"
rings, wooten with 1. Logan will win state this year. Enough said.
Braydan 3, Stang08 0.Stang seems to make a lot more noise than
sense. To Braydan's comment I might add that, if Coach Wooten had
the stomach for it, we would no with certainty who was the best team in
2005.Remember, Logan beat the 5A runner up that year...soundly, and was up 49-0
at half against Pine View in the Finals. Wooten, good guy, good
coach...isn't at Favero's level. Few are.That being said, Wooten is
good enough to coach MC to a 1st round upset. And Sky View has underperformed
all year, so they have a lot more upside than their record indicates. Box Elder
is also pretty tough. It wouldn't surprise me if Region 5 went 3-1 in the first
round. Weakest region is probably Olympus and Skyline's. But matchups matter
more than records, as Olympus learned at Sky View this year.
Your right pleblian Wooton is above Favero's level. They didn't play cause
Wooton doesn't play low level 3A schools. I said it in the Herald Journal
Favero is just as much to blame for that as Wooton if not more. Your luck you
will hit Highland or another tough school. Don't care what region and you will
lose. Then will you talk? Yes it would have been won cause we had one of the
best QB's in the state. I'm not saying he was the best like you claim Nelson
was/is. And we had the best RB in the state. We still would have won the title
and definetly steam rolled Logan. Did that make any sense. That year MC was
the better team. This year until the playoffs Logan was.
Your post's continue to astound me. First "Mountain Crest won't play lowly
3A teams" I find it strange that the previous year in 2004 they played
Ogden, who was widely considered the WORST 3A team at the time. Strange right?
Best Quarterback on your team? Where does he play now? what was his name? Riley
Nelson broke nearly every state quarterback record at the time, (mind you in 2
years of varsity starts, unlike kuresa who had 4 years) he owned 2 NATIONAL
records, was a Parade all american, Gatorade STATE player of the year..
Basically my point is that every credible source of media and those who vote on
award thought that Riley Nelson was not only the BEST quarterback in the state,
but the BEST PLAYER. You keep saying Logan will lose to Highland and at first I
wasn't sure why you kept picking them. It all came together when I realized
they're the only top team in Region 6 that logan didn't play, aka have the
chance to blow out. About 2005, we'll never get to see that game happen, but it
is a UNANIMOUS consensus that logan was the BEST TEAM in the state.
(continued) Anyone who reads what I've put on here will not only realize the
fact's and logic behind the comments, but the lack thereof in yours. Keep the
responses coming as I'm having a great time not sharing my personal opinion,
just sharing what facts, stats, and reality states. Pleblian a small
correction, Logan beat Skyline the 5A state champions (@ Skyline 34-20 not the
runners up in 2005.) (Fri. Nov. 18, 20055A STATE TOURNAMENT - CHAMPIONSHIPSkyline 34, Brighton 24 Final)
Wasn't Favero already the Coach when Logan won the 4a title in 2000? I know he
was the coach in 2003 when they lost to Bountiful in the 4a title game because I
was at that game. Since 2000 Logan and Mountain Crest have played 10 times
including playoff games and Logan has a 6-4 advantage. It would be worse if
they would have played the years Logan was 3a with Riley Nelson and you know it
stang....say what you want, but Logan is the better program, and it seems they
have been for a while now....clearly since Favero took over.
Re: Friday Night Rider - no disrespect but I'll wager $1,000 Skyline does not
make it out of that bracket. That team is not much of a threat. They are not too
good. And I'll eat my words if they do. East or Timpview will play Logan and
Logan will smash whoever it is.
I don't think anybody blows out Timpview now that their coach has them clicking.
Too deep. Also, it is difficult to assess East, since they were admittedly far
below normal when they played Logan. They killed a wounded Highland and healthy
Bountiful (although not by as much as Logan).Who has the best
defense in 4a? Arguably East, by the numbers. What does Sky View's
shallacking of Olympus (Oly's only loss) mean for that region? If anything?
Skyline has been beat by some good but not great teams, and took Oly to
overtime.Which Logan Team is better at this point in the season
Logan 2005 or Logan 2011?Lots of questions.
@pleblian: you're over analyzing too much. I have seen East, Highland, Olympus,
Skyline, and Bountiful play. A couple of things about each school:1. East. They are the real deal. Everyone is criticizing Coach Matich, but
in reality, Logan has no idea how good they are. Their game against highland
showed that they can beat ANYONE, Logan included. East is my pick to take
4A.2. Highland. With their QB back and their FB healthy, they will
make some loud noise. Healthy, they are capable of beating Timpview.3. Olympus. That loss to Sky View was preseason. They handled Northridge
the week before. Doubt them all you want, but they keep finding ways to win.
Their region is a lot tougher than credit is given- Herriman could pull the
upset in round 1.4. Skyline. Anyone who doubts the Eagles is flat
out foolish. History as a guide, Skyline picks up steam as the year progresses.
In 05, they had 45 put on them by Alta, was seen by man as subpar, but still
took it. They have the potential this year.Logan is good and ranked
first, but don't be surprised how the games play out.
I believe that this years team has yet to reach their true potential, but in
2005 they still had some struggles early in the playoff, (only leading a
completely overmatched dixie team 7-6) I think that 2005's squad had a
marginally better secondary, but that the 2011 squad has a much better h-back
(jon schmidt) and they both will go down as legendary teams, and state champs.
The similarities between the two squads are eerily similair position to
@pleblian part 25. Bountiful. Like Skyline, they pick up steam.
They have a tremendous coach and the ability to knock off Logan.Cache Valley has great football, but so do Davis and Salt Lake Counties. I
respect Region 5. This should be a great year for 4A!
@airliner: When you say Herriman could pull the upset in round one, are you
talking about the Logan game? Or the Skyline game? I do not want to come off as
proud or boastful but it doesn't seem like the statistics would support a
Herriman win against Logan. Although, this is playoffs and stranger things have
happened:) I just don't see it happening here. I had a son on the 2005 Logan
team and I have a son on this year's team. When the question is asked which team
is better? The honest answer, I don't know. Hind sight gives me more confidence
in the 2005 team because we know how that season ended, we don't know where this
year will end up. I do agree with Brayden that there are alot of similarities!
@Airliner, just one question for you, does head to head games mean anything to
you? you say east can beat anyone, and that bountiful picked up steam. But do
you not think that Logan picked up steam also? The game against bountiful
wasn't even as close at the 56-31 score! East was also never in the Logan game,
I know the debate on who played or who didn't, but starters were in after the
third possession.@pheblian, just wondering why you are saying that
East is the best defensive team. What numbers are you looking at? East points
against 176 year 60 region. Logan points against 156 year 44 region. if your
looking at other numbers I would like to know.This is going to be
one fun ride to the 4A championships!!!
Logan's Defense is good, but against good teams it has given up significant
points. It is difficult to compare, because both East and Logan have sat their
starters in most games...resulting in points.But, you don't fake
blanking Bountiful. The only other team to rough up Bountiful like that was
Logan, whose starters allowed 14-21 points.Then, the next week, East shut
out a wounded Highland.Logan really shouldn't look at its win
against East too closely. Although I believe Logan is the better team, They
aren't 46-14 better.Logan needs to focus on Highland. A healthy
Highland is a tough team...whose offense can sustain drives and keep the ball
away from DJ.
These have to be strangest predictions I've seen in a while... Sure stranger
things have happened, but how can anyone say east or bountiful can be the
favorite to win the title. Logan literally beat those teams by a combined score
of 102-48. Logan led bountiful 49-3 at the 10 mintue mark in the 3rd quarter.
Somebody please explain further because I'm truly confused
Logan's starters gave up 3 points to bountiful.
Braydan, You are absolutely right. Bountiful scored 3 on Logan's starters. The
rest of the points came when the backups were in. I'm not sure where pleblian is
getting his info but its not correct. I do agree with him on the fact that Logan
did not see East's best abilities. I just don't really see how that factors into
this conversation. If you think you have seen all that Logan has to offer, I am
betting that you are wrong.
I just saw Logan might have Springville in the first round. If they make it
past the red devils then they have Highland. Good luck with all of that. When
the grizzlies lose I hope all the fans up in logan will finally learn some
humility and give credit to the team that ends the undefeated season.
Welcome back stang! Feel free to re-read my previous posts and offer up some
sort of insight into your belief that logan is an underdog to anyone in the
playoffs, and that they will be "lucky" to get past the first round.
Its not that myself as a logan fan won't show humility, every argument in favor
of logan that I have made, has facts, stats, and logical backing.not one of
your posts has any sort of evidence to support it other than extreme bias
against logan. You claim that we will absolutely lose to highland if/when we
face them in the second round. Where and how did you come up with that
conclusion? I for one dislike comparing single game scores of common opponents
for an accurate read on how teams will fair against one another, however its an
interesting comparison to make. Highland was beaten soundly by both east and
bountiful, and is not anywhere the team they were last year. Logan's schedule,
results, and statistics speak for themselves. You can predict logans demise all
you want,in the meantime I'll stick to facts, stats, wins and losses as well as
Stangs prediction record so far 0-1. Lucky for logan, won't have to get past the
mighty springville red devils.. Here I feel bad because herriman ruined your
perfect and all knowing predictions, so I'll help you. If you just pick logan to
win 4 games in a row, you will have correctly predicted the champion! All your
credibility that you once had will be renewed. In all seriousness I keep asking
for it, but I'm still waiting on an answer, what do you know that I don't? You
seem to keep all of your insider info a secret! Share the wealth man! I mean
against all the facts and stats, you still have complete confidence that there
is no way logan can win! Let me know! And for all th East fans saying that if
they would have played their starters (which they did) or "prepared the
kids better" they would have won the game, you sound like the kid who got
beat by his little brother in something. "I wasn't even trying, if we play
and I try I'd beat you!" Sadly Excuses don't change scoreboards.