Season in seclusion, part 3: The drive for a state championship

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  • wiseacre Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 4:39 p.m.

    East is Phibbs darling, had been all this year. Nonetheless, let's see how East does next season. Without recruiting, East is just another team. If Matich is a great coach (he is a great person though), let's see him coach a team that is not full of out of the border kids. I can count at leat 6 kids that are not "East" kids, but made the transition as fresh/sophs to avoid transfer rules.

  • Big Ko Ko St. Louis, MO
    Feb. 5, 2014 12:29 p.m.

    Ditto!! Great article. Great high school careers for these kids!! It was truly a pleasure following this program over the last 4 years. I saw boys become young men! Thanks for your leadership coach!!

  • Theobroma Provo, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 9:53 a.m.

    Football is a great team sport... which seems to get lost in the fog of recruiting violations, accusations and winning state. Congrats to East and their team and Matich who is the media darling. More importantly, congrats to the thousands of coaches who do what Matich does without the benefit of the spotlight and media attention. Thank you all for teaching my kids the value and importance of hard work, good sportsmanship, believing in yourself, coaches and team mates etc etc etc. These lessons will be with my kids and benefit them in conjunction with what they learn in the classroom. So hopefully football will endure in an age of concussion frenzied media and armchair academics who think the liability of playing football is too great. Thanks for writing an article that shows the positives of football and what thousands of coaches across the state (without saying it and giving credit to Matich who is one of thousands) do every year, day in and day out, to build character and grow boys into men, young women into women, and help kids mature to adulthood and accept responsibility.