Motley County outscores Hedley, Owls outclass Motley Matadors
By Fred Gray
The Hedley Owls hosted the Motley County Matadors last Friday, October 26, 2012. The game was a disappointment from the very beginning. Motley County, exhibiting a remarkable disdain for good manners and good sportsmanship, immediately commenced to crank-up their sound system to ear splitting decibels, potentially causing deafness to the people across the football field, where their speakers were aimed. There is no doubt in my mind that they used it as a weapon of intimidation against the Owl players. Even more disturbing, their choice of music was in poor taste.
I strongly suspect that their head coach missed the UIL Statement of Competition that is read before each game. Perhaps he is suffering from hearing damage that resulted from his high decibel speaker system.
Complicating this weird football experience, the Hedley head coach was thrown out of the game, after two unsportsmanship penalties for overzealously defending his players.
Assistant Coach Garret Bains was then cast into the center of the tempest, which was once supposed to be a football game. Coach Bains was able to keep his players focused, which was a minor miracle in itself, and they fought valiantly and hard for the rest of the first half, which ended with Hedley’s only score. With 35 seconds left in the first half, and ultimately the game, Brandon Evans sprinted 10 yards up the middle for the touchdown.
Motley County did finally lower the volume of their speakers with 2:33 left in the game, which was appreciated by all.
Even though Motley County led by large margin, their coach, Mike Bigham, continued to call upon his players to continue attempting onside kickoffs, rather than kicking the ball deep and playing defense, which would have been the sporting thing to do.
Final score: Motley County 62, Hedley 6.