There are not many coaches who are going to have problems with getting by with a wugly.
But until it happens it can be infuriating.
Much like someone who is hangry, winning ugly, aka wugly, the end result ultimately leads to satisfaction but until then – clock strikes zero or that first bite – it can mess with the mind.
How are we playing this bad? Why did I wait so long to eat? This has to end NOW! Feed me. NOW.
Actually, wugly, especially the first game of the season, can do a team some good.
It forces the players to dig deep at some point, figure things out on the fly and put together a stretch of quality play to get the win.
Plus the team huddle afterward can be a little more light hearted and the coaches can drive the point home of cleaning things up the following week while still having a victory for the week.
It’s exactly what Desert Ridge, which moved up to No. 6 in the weekly MyNewsMesa.com 6A Conference rankings, did last week against Brophy.
The Jaguars lost the turnover battle 4-1, but managed to win the game 30-21 in large part to a defensive front that never let the Broncos establish the run game.
Desert Ridge fumbled four times and lost all four. Going to go out on a limb, and say if it happens again this year the Jaguars won’t come out as victors again.
“That doesn’t happen often,” Desert Ridge coach Jeremy Hathcock said. “You can’t do that and win, but we did somehow. We’ll take it. They showed me a little something by overcoming it to get the win.”
There are other teams in the MyNewsMesa.com 6A Conference rankings that won with cleaner play, and a few teams that forgot to bring the offense. It has led to two new top 10 teams, another team making its first appearance and a new top three team.
The Mesa Seven had some movement for the first time after Skyline was shutout by Highland.
Here is the third edition of the MyNewsMesa.com rankings.
- Chandler 1-1 (1 last week)
- Mountain Pointe 1-0 (2)
- Pinnacle 2-0 (4)
- Perry 2-0 (3)
- Red Mountain 0-1 (5)
- Desert Ridge 1-0 (7)
- Mountain View 1-0 (10)
- Highland 2-0 (12)
- Desert Mountain 2-0 (14)
- Desert Vista 0-1 (9)
- Skyline 1-1 (7)
- Hamilton 1-1 (8)
- Westview (15)
- Basha 1-1 (11)
- Tucson 2-0 (-)
- Red Mountain 0-1 (1) – Stayed put; getting benefit of doubt with Hamilton next.
- Desert Ridge 1-0 (3) – Stubbed their toes time and again but toughed it out
- Mountain View 1-0 (4) – Blow out win to open the year in Surprise
- Skyline 1-1 (2) – Offense shutout for first time since 9/28/12
- Dobson 1-0 (6) – Hung on for win vs. Rincon after late TD was scratched via penalty
- Westwood 1-0 (7) – Defense had a touchdown and safety in a 30-26 win over Copper Canyon
- Mesa 0-2 (8) – Kris Jackson had two 80-yard scores and three total TDs in loss.
– Jason P. Skoda is a senior writer for MyNewsMesa.com. Send Mesa-based story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.