Sep 19, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT
Ever been on a team so helpless and inept that it has absolutely no chance of ever competing in a game? I’ve double dribbled through many a season on teams that exhibited that very rare and pitiful aura of haplessness that envelopes a team that knows it’s about to get its butt kicked.
Heck, I once went an entire Little League season without making contact with a baseball, with most at-bats spent praying that I wouldn’t get hit by another pitch, and others praying that the similarly hapless kid who hit behind me would keep striking out as well so I wouldn’t look as terrible. The story of my youth could’ve turned into a pretty depressing Kurt Vonnegut book.
Sharing the athletic spirit that I embodied for most of my youth are the Marray County Indians, a high school football team from Chatsworth, Ga., which has been outscored 213-0 over their first three games. Once powerful, the Indians were hunted down by the scythe that is expansion, as a second high school opened up within its district that took away half of their student population. A smaller student body meant less competent athletes, and with less competent athletes comes hilariously pitiful football. Will they eventually do something on the field that will provide their home crowd an opportunity to cheer? Who knows!
Chatsworth (Ga.) Murray County High has lost each of its first three games by an average score of 71-0. After falling 70-0 to Dalton (Ga.) Southeast Whitfield County High, 73-0 to Dalton (Ga.) High and 70-0 to Ringgold (Ga.) Heritage High, the Indians enter Friday night’s game against LaFayette (Ga.) High in an unenviable position. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia High School Football Daily, Murray County has already tied the Georgia state record for most 70-point losses in a season.
The reasons for Murray County’s struggles are widespread. The school is in just the third year of dealing with a much smaller student body, the result of a second high school opening within its district. That has taken a formerly robust and successful program — the Indians had an impressive aggregate record of 29-8 between 1999 and 2001 — down to the bare bones. Murray County’s varsity program reportedly fields just 40 players this season, and some also spent time competing with the school’s junior varsity team.
Well, at least their coach is kind of optimistic.
“I’ve been on teams that were 0-10 to 14-0 and state champions,” first-year Murray County coach John Hammond told Georgia High School Football Daily. “You’d like to say you’ve seen it all. It’s something you’ve got to go through, and you’re becoming a better person, coach and team because of it.
We’re going through a split, and it’s finally hit us,” Hammond told Georgia High School Football Daily. “It’s the split and a lack of game experience. We’re going through a rough season, rougher than I thought, but we’re also getting better each week, and every kid is getting playing time.”
Too bad most of those kids are freshmen! With just two returning varsity players from last season, the team has had to ‘rely’ on as many as 12 freshmen to get enough players on the field. Maybe they should start thinking about putting in some eighth graders.
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