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I may have the highest winning percentage as a coach of anyone in nation. I was blessed to have coached receivers and defensive backs at Frederick two years ago. I know that Frederick isn’t reviewed in this edition but it’s my most recent hands-on football experience. Therefore, readers of this paper may become accustomed to my Bomber references. The Bombers were 14-1 that season and I’m telling you if QB Trevor Flores’ year didn’t end with a concussion in the 13th week, we would’ve won the title. As of now, my coaching career record stands at 14-1. That’s not bad at all.

Trevor wasn’t the only weapon for us. We were big everywhere and fast at all positions. Our tackles and even 6’5’ 290 lbs. guard, Jamil Dollarson could really move. We ran the spread, scored at a pace unimaginable, and had the time of our lives. Every position made all-district. I was told when all coaches met, that there wasn’t a need to vote on selections just give it all to Frederick. Our line was so big and good that Lone Grove dropped all 11 men on defense and for a few plays, Flores just held the ball in the backfield and the play came to a standstill. Think on that again. I have never seen that before or since. They had prepared all week for us and this was the best defensive strategy they came up with.

That 2012 season exposed me to several unique theories of football coaching and made me aware of the commitment it takes to play deep into the playoffs as well as the hardships and the grueling hours necessary for success.

I learned how to watch film, prepare game plans, and I even earned special teams responsibilities as they pertained to punt blocking schemes and kick return designs.

Perhaps, the best compliment the staff at Frederick could have given me, came one evening after a home win and I was introducing my wife, Tara, to the rest of the coaching staff. They told Tara that I see things the rest of them didn’t. For me, that solidified my usefulness to the team. That meant I had something to contribute to the Bombers’ engine.

I want to thank Hugh, Matt, Sam, coach Stu, Teddy, Johnny and Kari. We had a good run and I miss you all something fierce. That staff knew how to win football games and what’s not fun about that.

Trevor Flores had a 146.8 passer rating his senior year. He scored 100 touchdowns in his high school career and completed 71% of his 585 passes while throwing only 4 interceptions his final year. He compiled these numbers in half of the quarters played that year. Scores often were so far out of hand that several starters were done at the half. He was the best high school QB I have ever seen because I saw every throw he made in games and practices. Every rep Mattered to him. Every rep counted. The proof came on gamedays when pass after pass after pass was on time and catchable. There simply is no substitute for accuracy no matter how tight the coverage is.

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