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Preseason Rankings 2016

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I don’t get too worked up about preseason rankings. My thoughts are always pretty much the same. The team that won the state championship, last year, is still the champion until proven otherwise. That makes it easy to pick the number one spot in preseason rankings.

Super Top 10 All-Class
1. Mill Valley
2. Derby is the team that most likely will contend for that top spot.

6A
1. Derby
2. Blue Valley I just like BV each and every year at the end of the season. They may struggle some during the regular season early, but watch out for these guys come playoff time.

5A
1. Mill Valley
2. Bishop Carroll always one of the contenders.

4A-II
1. Bishop Miege
2. Bishop Miege You are not reading this wrong. The only team that will beat Bishop Miege is Bishop Miege. If they have a bad game during the playoffs then they could lose the game. Remember, that the football is funny shaped and so can go the game!

4A-II
1. Holcomb
2. Hayden drops down a classification, Collegiate moves up a classification. I will go with the two of them in the final game.

3A
1. Rossville
2. Silver Lake and the winner of 3A…………will be one of these two.

2A
1. Smith Center we might as well put the target on a team that is used to it.
2. Meade another team that is used to hanging around the top 5.
(Defending champions, Phillipsburg, moves up to 3A for the next two years.)

8-man I
1. Spearville
2. St Francis Why not the Indians from way out west.

8-man-II
1. Hanover drops down a classification and that usually means good things for a football team that has consistently been pretty good.
2. Wallace County every year a contender.
(Defending champ Victoria has moved up to 8-man I.)

Learn the Skills of the Game

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A football team goes to practice to improve their skill of the game. The two most important skills of the game are blocking and tackling. There are also many other skills that are very important to football.

The center-quarterback exchange is one of the most important skills of the game, whether it is an under the center or a shotgun snap. The long snapper exchange with the holder for field goals and extra points might decide the outcome of the game. The punters and kickers must practice their skills everyday.

The quarterback and running back exchange during handoffs and pitches. The quarterback passing the ball to the receivers is a skill to learn. The receivers and the routes they run, before the pass is thrown their way is something to learn.

Football practice is a school in session. Now what happens if the football team shows up to practice and just goes through the motions, never really getting any better at the game? The team that doesn’t improve is a team that will lose the game on Friday nights.

As Christians are we going to church on Sunday and just going through the motions, but never improving our skills? Just like a football team that needs to constantly work on their skills of the game. (blocking, tackling, punting, handoffs, passing, catching, etc.) A Christian needs to be improving their skills. (praying, fasting, giving, teaching, learning, reading, etc.)

So as a Christian or a football team are you improving your skills and eating the solid food of knowledge as a warrior or are you still sucking on milk like a baby? Are you satisfied with going through the motions and never becoming the Christian or football player you were meant to be?

1 Corinthians 3:1-2 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.