Why not pass the ball?

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 19, 2013

For the past few weeks, there’s been a trend that’s been at the forefront of every football game I’ve been to.

Including the preseason, six football games have taken place in front of me.

In each of the games, I’ve noticed a more up-tempo style of offense, which is exciting to see in my opinion.

Teams around here have stuck with the good-old run game, and still do.

Now, I’m seeing more of a passing-style attack on “O.”

Usually, these passes tend to the receiver nearest the sideline, where he then advances up the field as the defense slowly makes its way to the ball.

Andalusia and Straughn duked it out in week one and both showed a propensity to pass when the time was right. In Pleasant Home’s 16-12 victory over Red Level during week two, the Eagles had freshman quarterback Garret Barton doing the throwing.

Barton, who came in for injured QB Jon Cole Chesser, completed 12-of-18 passes for 131 yards.

Last week, Andalusia quarterback Michael McCalman went 8-of-16 in the Bulldogs’ 29-21 victory over Hillcrest-Evergreen.

Maybe this is a new age of football offenses for local teams. I wouldn’t mind seeing this more on a regular basis from now on.

It changes up the game and brings a new amount of excitement.

On a 4th-and-2 play with 15 seconds remaining in the game, John Smith connects with John Doe on a 30-yard touchdown pass to give the Pipers a 14-13 victory over the Penguins Friday night.

What’s more exciting than that?