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halcyon
10-31-2007, 12:58 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/highschool/news/story?id=3087983

SMITH CENTER, Kan. -- Smith Center scored 72 points in the first quarter of a high school football game Tuesday night on the way to an 86-0 win over Plainville, according to a report in the Salina, Kan., Journal.
Smith Center forced six turnovers in the first quarter as it racked up what is believed to be a record for points in a quarter by a high school team, the paper reported. The previous record was 66 by Prescott, Ariz., in 1925.
The defending state champion has outscored its opponents 640-0 so far this season, including a 69-0 win over Plainville earlier this year.




Uh, thats ridiculous.

Matt700wlw
10-31-2007, 01:17 PM
I think it's time to change conferences or divisions or something...

klw
10-31-2007, 03:46 PM
Smith Center put Tom Brady back into the game in the 4th quarter after it was clear that their offense was stalling without him.

GoReds33
10-31-2007, 04:11 PM
How the heck did they only score 86 points then? It seems to me that they must have put their Freshmen in the game or something. I would hate to be on the other side of that game.

Degenerate39
10-31-2007, 05:02 PM
Bad sportsmanship on the coaches part.

halcyon
10-31-2007, 05:04 PM
I gotta wonder how on earth a team gets that much better than all of its local competition.

BoydsOfSummer
10-31-2007, 05:28 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/highschool/news/story?id=3087983

SMITH CENTER, Kan. -- Smith Center scored 72 points in the first quarter of a high school football game Tuesday night on the way to an 86-0 win over Plainville, according to a report in the Salina, Kan., Journal.
Smith Center forced six turnovers in the first quarter as it racked up what is believed to be a record for points in a quarter by a high school team, the paper reported. The previous record was 66 by Prescott, Ariz., in 1925.
The defending state champion has outscored its opponents 640-0 so far this season, including a 69-0 win over Plainville earlier this year.




Uh, thats ridiculous.


Yeah, but take away the 72 point game and they've only outscored their opponents 568-0.

NorrisHopper30
10-31-2007, 05:31 PM
Funny thing is, this team would get crushed by local teams like St. Xavier, Colerain and Moeller.

Roy Tucker
10-31-2007, 05:32 PM
I've seen a 42-0 rout after the 1str quarter and the game end that way. Coach played all JV after that.

Here is a more moderate look on it.

http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/story?id=3800649&page=1

Record Score for Kansas High School
Smith Center Football Team Scored 72 Points in First Quarter Tuesday

Oct. 31, 2007

Smith Center, Kan., the hometown of film legend Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, apparently boasts more than simply outsized silent-film comedians.

In what's believed to be a new record, the Smith Center High School football team scored a whopping 72 points in the first quarter against rival team Plainville, and went on to an 86-0 victory Tuesday night.

The Redmen's 72 points is believed to be the record for most points scored by a high school team in a single quarter, according to the Salinas Kansas Journal. The defending state champion, Smith Center has rolled to a 9-0 record so far this season, all shutouts.

They have outscored opponents 640-0, with an earlier 69-0 win over the same Plainville team they played Tuesday night, according to The Associated Press.

"It happened so quickly. It wasn't really something we were thinking about whatsoever," Smith Center Principal Greg Koelsch told ABC News.

Though most media coverage has painted the 12-minute, 72-point grab as a trouncing or triumph, the tenor of the Redmen's response is anything but celebratory. "Our coaches do a good job of keeping things humble, keeping the boys humble," said Koelsch. "At no point do we wish [to] run up the score on anyone. We're not looking at this like, 'We stuck it to them.'"

Head coach Roger Bartha has been at Smith Center for more then 30 years, according to residents.

"He keeps it simple," said Jack Krier, editor and publisher of the Smith County Pioneer newspaper. "The team runs on almost every play, everyone knows it's coming, but no one can stop them. They only throw the ball once or twice a game, usually for a touchdown," Krier added. "Opponents stack 11 guys on the line to try and stop the run, but they can't."

In Tuesday's first-quarter glut of points, the Redmen were mainly able to capitalize on Plainville's several turnovers, running three interceptions in for a touchdown, Koelsch said.

"It's not really something we're proud of doing. We have a lot of respect for our league's schools. For all our opponents," said Koelsch of the rout.

As playoff time looms, the Redmen's coaches were in a bit of a bind about keeping their starters in, especially since they had no intention of running up the score, said the proud principal.

"We just have a team of boys who know how to win," Koelsch said. "A lot of pride and tradition in this very talented group of boys. They play hard every snap, and that's why this happened."

Copyright 2007 ABC News Internet Ventures

Chip R
10-31-2007, 05:36 PM
"We just have a team of boys who know how to win," Koelsch said. "A lot of pride and tradition in this very talented group of boys. They play hard every snap, and that's why this happened."



Well, that and the other team sucked.

registerthis
10-31-2007, 07:06 PM
Bad sportsmanship on the coaches part.

Well, they only put up two more TDs after the first...they could have kept running up the score for the ensuing three quarters and broken all kinds of records, but clearly they didn't. That doesn't seem like such bad sportsmanship to me.

Sometimes a team is just DOMINANT--mismatches happen a lot in high school sports. The 72 points in one quarter is an eyebrow raiser, but 86 points in the game really isn't.

registerthis
10-31-2007, 07:08 PM
Head coach Roger Bartha has been at Smith Center for more then 30 years, according to residents.

"According to residents"?

What, the school doesn't have a record of when the coach was hired?

Rumor has it, Jim Tressel has been at OSU for six years.

MasonBuzz3
11-01-2007, 01:37 AM
my college, Mount Union, put up 52 in the 1st quarter of our opener this season, but this passes that mark a little

Johnny Footstool
11-01-2007, 01:49 AM
Funny thing is, this team would get crushed by local teams like St. Xavier, Colerain and Moeller.

They'd probably lose to some Wichita or Kansas City area schools as well.

Smith Center is kind of out in the middle of nowhere. They've got the only decent football program around, so I'll bet most of the farm kids who have any football talent whatsoever are drawn to that school. The kids who don't make the cut are stuck playing for their podunk home towns.

Sea Ray
11-01-2007, 10:30 AM
You mean to tell me this team hasn't given up a point all season? That's even more impressive. I wonder if they left the 1st string defense in there?

RichRed
11-01-2007, 11:17 AM
"According to residents"?

What, the school doesn't have a record of when the coach was hired?

Rumor has it, Jim Tressel has been at OSU for six years.

:laugh:

Word on the street is that Pete Carroll is the head coach at USC.

Roy Tucker
11-01-2007, 01:48 PM
More...

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/highschool/news/story?id=3088759&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab1pos1



2 points in the first quarter ... and counting!
By Wayne Drehs
ESPN.com

You expected to hear joy in Roger Barta's voice. You expected the Kansas high school football legend to pick up the phone and start bragging about his team's latest accomplishment: the most dominating first quarter anyone has ever played.

Instead, you find a man who is uncomfortable. Uneasy. Almost embarrassed.

Barta, the head football coach at Smith Center (Kan.) High had encouraged his team to get off to a fast start in Tuesday night's Class 2-1A playoff opener against Plainville. Apparently, they listened. The fans had barely settled in their seats, and Smith Center was defeating Plainville 72-0.

And there were still 30 seconds left in the opening quarter.

The defense had recovered five fumbles and intercepted a pass, returning it for a touchdown. The offense had run 15 plays -- all but one a run -- and scored eight times. Six different players had reached the end zone. And his team had converted all nine two-point conversion attempts.

"I didn't think it was nearly as entertaining as some folks did," said Barta, himself a Plainville graduate. "I guess it's a record or something, but not one that we're proud of. We're not here to embarrass kids. We're not here to run up the score. We want our kids to play hard and get ready for the next round of the playoffs. This just sort of happened. And once it started, I didn't know what to do."

Smith Center, wearing red, is on a 50-game winning streak and has won three straight state championships.

In the first quarter, Smith Center scored on touchdown runs of 50, 9, 38, 20, 3, 25 and 60 yards. They returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown and threw for a 14-yard touchdown, one of only two passes they completed in the game. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, the 72 first-quarter points is a national high school record, breaking the mark of 66 set by Prescott (Ariz.) High School in 1925.

But the record didn't make Barta any more comfortable about a game his team eventually won 83-0. The coach said he did everything he could to keep the score down while making sure his starters got enough reps to prepare for the next round of the playoffs.

Barta pulled his first-team offense midway through the first quarter and his first-team defense at the end of the first half. Though he went for a two-point conversion after every Smith Center touchdown, he told his players after a second-quarter score that no one else would be crossing into the end zone. If a player got close to the goal line, Barta said, he was to fall at the 5-yard line to set up a field-goal attempt. It happened twice. The team attempted one field goal on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line.

Helping Smith Center's cause -- at least, as soon as the cause became a way to stop the madness -- was a Kansas mercy rule that allows the clock to run continuously once there is a 40-point margin between two teams.

Plainville head coach John Petrie said he has no ill will toward Barta or Smith Center for the way things went down. The Cardinals were playing without several key players, including their quarterback, who was injured the last time these two teams played.

"It's our job to try and stop them," Petrie said. "And we couldn't do it. By any means was he running up the score? No. It's just one of those deals. When you're on a hot streak, do you stop it? Of course not.

"There are absolutely no hard feelings. Roger has been around a long time and is a class act. This thing just snowballed on us and there was nothing we could do to stop it."

The top two teams in each division advance to the playoffs, and Plainville, despite its 4-5 record, finished second in Class 2-1A's District 12 where they matched up with the winner of District 11, Smith Center.

Smith Center, a 2-1A school of about 150 students in north central Kansas, is known for its high school football. In 30 years at Smith Center, Barta has compiled a record of 269-58. His teams have won six state championships, including each of the past three. The Redmen are currently on a 50-game winning streak, and this year they've outscored their nine opponents by an average margin of 71-0 and a total score of 640-0. They have yet to punt.

So the final score against Plainville perhaps isn't all that shocking. In fact, Petrie told the Wichita Eagle before the game that "they might beat us by 70 points."

But nobody thought they'd do it in the first quarter.

"I don't know if anybody can score on them," Petrie said. "Slow them down, I guess maybe. But I'm not sure anybody is going to be able to cross the goal line. They're just that good."

As long as Barta has been at Smith Center, the offense has centered on a power rushing attack. The Redmen were 2-for-3 passing Tuesday night, with one touchdown. Fourteen different backs handled the football, impressive in itself considering the team was without its top two running backs, both of whom are out for the season with torn knee ligaments.

"I've never taken a shotgun snap in my life," quarterback Joe Windscheffel said. "We just play power football. And when you look at what our backs do, you have to give credit to the offensive line."

Tad Felts, who has broadcast high school and college games in the area for more than 20 years, called an eight-man game last week that finished with a final score of 84-82. But that didn't stun him nearly as much as the first-quarter score of the 11-man game he called Tuesday night.

"I've never seen something like it," Felts said. "No one has. And now people on the outside are asking if he ran up the score while people on the inside are concerned that [Coach Barta's] first-teamers aren't getting enough game action to stay sharp."

With Tuesday's victory, Smith Center advances to the next round of the playoffs, where the Redmen will face St. John High School on Saturday. For Petrie, who is in just his second year as Plainville's head coach, the quest to bounce back begins now. The coach said he had several students approach him Wednesday morning, eager to join the team next season in hopes of preventing something like this from happening again. He found their enthusiasm encouraging.

"Right now, for a lot of our kids, things look pretty dim," Petrie said. "But it's our job to put this in perspective. I told them after the game -- this is probably the worst thing that's ever happened to many of them. But you know what? If that's the worst thing they ever have to go through, they're going to be in pretty good shape. It's going to take time, but they'll soon realize the sun is going to come up again."

Wayne Drehs is a senior writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at wayne.drehs@espn3.com.

Anatomy of a Blowout

How do you score 72 points in the first quarter of a football game? Here's how. It's the first-quarter scoring summary from Smith Center High's 83-0 victory against Plainville in the Kansas high school playoffs Tuesday night.

First Quarter

10:59 -- Smith Center, Braden Wilson, 50-yard run (Braden Wilson run)
10:09 -- SC, Braden Wilson, 9-yard fumble recovery return (Braden Wilson run)
9:00 -- SC, Colt Rogers, 33-yard interception return (Trevor Rempe run)
6:33 -- SC, Marshall McCall, 38-yard run (Trevor Rempe run)
5:45 -- SC, Joe Windscheffel, 20-yard run (Kris Lehmann run)
4:39 -- SC, Drew Joy, 14-yard pass from Joe Windscheffel (Kris Lehmann run)
3:30 -- SC, Colt Rogers, 3-yard run (Joel Osburn run)
3:11 -- SC, Joe Osburn, 25-yard run (Joel Osburn run)
0:23 -- SC, Joe Osburn, 60-yard run (Marshall McCall run)

Score at end of first: Smith Center 72, Plainville 0

Chip R
11-01-2007, 03:45 PM
Interesting how they went for 2 every time.

registerthis
11-01-2007, 04:09 PM
Interesting how they went for 2 every time.

I can see the thinking there. Theoretically, at least, you have a lesser likelihood of converting a 2 point attempt than the standard extra point. Kicking extra points might have been perceived as even more gratuitous, although the way it appears the other team's defense was playing it likely didn't matter.

Chip R
11-01-2007, 04:28 PM
I can see the thinking there. Theoretically, at least, you have a lesser likelihood of converting a 2 point attempt than the standard extra point. Kicking extra points might have been perceived as even more gratuitous, although the way it appears the other team's defense was playing it likely didn't matter.


I wasn't necessarily passing judgement, I just it was interesting that they went for 2 even the first several times they scored. I know there are some teams that go for 2 every time to show their dominance but that team doesn't seem like the kind of team that would do it for that reason. They do have a kicker since they attempted field goals so they could kick the PATs :dunno:

registerthis
11-01-2007, 04:30 PM
I wasn't necessarily passing judgement, I just it was interesting that they went for 2 even the first several times they scored. I know there are some teams that go for 2 every time to show their dominance but that team doesn't seem like the kind of team that would do it for that reason. They do have a kicker since they attempted field goals so they could kick the PATs :dunno:

That's true, you'd think they would have at least started by kicking extra points.