Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sportsmanship and Playing Like Warriors

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

I saw a first on 11-man football team playing with only 11 players.

Carson Long Military Institute suited-up only eleven players in Saturday's game against Pius X in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania.  The Warriors didn't have much of a chance in their 66-24 loss to the Royals, who won their sixth straight game to improve to 6-3.  However, Carson Long did give the Royals a lesson in heart, while Pius showed the fans and their opponents the meaning of sportsmanship.

Carson Long's Warriors played like warriors by playing all 48-minutes both ways while NEVER giving-up!  Royals head coach Phil Stambaugh showed respect to his fellow head coach Pete Lasavage, who Stambaugh's family has known for over 20 years, by running a modified version of his high-powered passing offense, while openly rooting and cheering for Carson Long players, who put on one of the most valiant efforts I've every witnessed.

Even though Pius is one of the smallest teams in America playing 11-man football (63 boys in the small Catholic school in Roseto, Pennsylvania), it still suits-up 50 players.

Kudos to both coaches who showed class in every sense of the word, in the face of a very difficult situation!

To learn more about Pius' one-of-a-kind program, check-out High School Football America's inside look at the Royals at

For Saturday's scores from around America, click on the links below.

High School Football Scores
Saturday, October 30, 2010

Illinois Playoff Scores
Michigan Playoff Scores
Minnesota Playoff Scores
New Hampshire Scores
Pennsylvania Scores
Rhode Island Scores
Vermont Scores
Wisconsin Playoff Scores

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