High school football: Despite heartbreaking title-game loss, East had record-setting season in 2013

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  • Bubbles90 West Valley City , UT
    Nov. 25, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    Rural Sports Fan, "...and winning by 40 instead of 20 teaches what, exactly; to either team?"

    It teaches the other team that sometimes when you believe that you have worked so hard, it won't always reflect on the field. In life you may think that you have worked so hard and that you deserve more. You may be right; but not everything in life is not going to rotate around one person's perspective. Although it can be hard to find a lesson for the winning team, there is something: they can learn that joy comes with hard, hard work. The boys sacrificed their summers, sweat day in and day out and each varsity member worked for their spot on the varsity team. It was hard but they eventually had to learn the lesson that their opponents had swallowed concluding the State Championship game. Despite this loss, great season Leopards. Keep your heads held high and for the Seniors, have fun with college ball.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 2:35 p.m.

    I lost a lot of respect for East when their captains didn't shake hands against Woods Cross...

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Nov. 24, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    Stephen 29.... "Great teams score points!! You can't send in the second or third strings and just have them sit on the ball."

    Sure you can. Other teams do it all the time. I've heard coaches tell their kids to head for the sideline or "trip" if they cleared the linebackers, specifically to avoid running a score up. I've seen one team score 40 in 12 minutes, then play the JV from the end of the 1st quarter to the end of the game, in more than one game, and I've seen that team set a record as well...longest winning streak.

    "Life can be tough,dealing with adversity is just part of life."

    Yeah...and winning by 40 instead of 20 teaches what, exactly; to either team? Is it teaching how to deal with adversity, is it developing younger players, is it teaching respect... or is it just bullying?

    Not saying East was bad...just saying that the game, and the record book, has changed from the days of 100- 6 scores, and the questions should be raised. Do you choose a record, or player development?

  • TVDAD Provo, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    Congratulations to the East HS football team. Great year! Great effort! They should be proud of their records that set the new standard in Utah High School football this year. They also had some great young men who showed true sportsmanship to my sons last week after Timpview's defeat of Woods Cross. Tennessee Su'esu'e and some of his teammates waited to congratulate our boys(their cousins) and wish them the best in the championship game that was played yesterday (Friday). I know their parents and think so highly of how these boys have grown and developed. Just great young men. It was just a little bit hard to cheer against them even with my sons on the opposite sides of the ball. Hold your heads high. You may not be the champions but you certainly played the part for 13 memorable games. All the best; and we will probably meet on the field at some point in the future.

  • stephen29 American Fork, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    Wow, why is it that all we can comment on is negative? I am not a East follower, but this is a great team. Great teams score points!! You can't send in the second or third strings and just have them sit on the ball. These kids want to score, they practice all week for their moment. These young men aren't children anymore. The real world isn't going to backdown and let up when they are getting beat up. Life can be tough,dealing with adversity is just part of life. Problem today is to many people want to be political correct in everything!! Life isn't political correct!!!

  • Proud to be American West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 9:31 a.m.

    East also has the new record of doing the most talking without winning a championship. The old record was accomplished in 2011 by East before losing to Logan in the state finals.

  • Prep Fan 89 Draper, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 9:26 a.m.

    The only record that will matter is the one in the UHSAA record books which will rank East as the #2 best team in 4A this year.

    I agree with the other poster, there are a lot of teams that could have broken records but chose not to by showing class and allowing younger players the opportunity to play at the varsity level.

  • Rural sport fan DUCHESNE, UT
    Nov. 23, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    Is it really a show of great character to push the score up on opponents like that?
    I know, it's a record...but I'd bet there are other teams that could have set records, but didn't, as they start using the lead to develop younger players, stop throwing or running outside, and show some respect.