The Ohio High School Athletic Association has adopted a football point-differential rule for this fall that will provide for a running clock in most instances after a team takes a 30-point lead in the second half.
Kentucky has a similar rule. I’ve seen it enacted at several Belfry games the last few years when they had big leads over opponents.
I think West Virginia needs this rule.
Over the years I have covered many games where one team simply outmans another and builds up a huge lead by halftime. Why continue to humiliate a school that is overmatched?
The rule is intended to speed up lopsided games.
It states that after the lead reaches 30 points in the second half, the only times the game clock will stop will be for a team or official’s timeout. Also, at the end of a period and when there is a score.
The clock starts again for the next play and will continue to run in all other situations.
This will help speed up games and could also help prevent injuries. The State Board of Education and the WVSSAC need to think about adopting this same rule for the Mountain State.
I’ve been on both sides of a rout. Believe me, it’s not fun for the losing team or their fans.
Reds have been snake bit
It seems as if the Cincinnati Reds have been snake bit with injuries this season. Former MVP Joey Votto has missed five games and on Wednesday he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left leg injury. Votto has a quadriceps strain in his left knee. A couple of seasons ago he had knee surgery.
The Reds reinstated outfielder Jay Bruce from the 15-day DL. He had arthroscopic surgery May 5 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Of course relief pitcher and closer Aroldis Chapman missed several games after being struck above the eye with a line drive in spring training. Starting pitcher Mat Latos, who has elbow surgery in the off season, has not pitched yet this season. It isn’t about his pitching arm, but he also had knee surgery after tearing his meniscus in spring training.
Catcher Devin Mesaroco, who has been pounding the baseball when he plays, has had two stints on the DL.
The Reds have also had other players with injuries. They did get back relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall, who both missed most of last year, are back after having arm surgery.
Hopefully first –year manager Bryan Price will soon get a healthy roster put together and the Reds can still make a run in the Central Division before it’s too late.
… Belfry will be playing in the regional tournament being hosted by Sheldon Clark in Inez, Ky. The tourney starts on Monday, Memorial Day. The Pirates advance, despite losing in the 60th District finals to arch rival Pike Central. The drawing for the tourney is Saturday.
Four Pirate players received honors for their play in the tourney. Keaton Taylor, Reed Williamson, Zac Fields and Joey Duty were All-Tourney in the 60th, with Taylor getting the MVP award for Belfry.
… Mingo Central’s Alex Lee has been named to the South roster for the upcoming North-South All-Star football game.
… The most recent WVU basketball recruit played part of his high school career at Perry Central in Hazard, Ky. for former Williamson coach Allan Hatcher. Coach Bob Huggins is filling up his roster with other players after the starting guards Eron Harris and Terry Henderson announced they would transfer. It looks as though forward Remi Dibo may return to France to play professionally, which will open up another roster spot.
… Sean Covich, a rising coach in collegiate golf, has been named West Virginia University’s 12th men’s golf coach, AD Oliver Luck announced Thursday. Men’s golf will begin competition as an intercollegiate varsity sport at WVU on July 1, 2015.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or Twitter @KyleLovern)