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Shameful Sportsmanship: Washington Football Coach Darrell Crouch

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Washington Panther’s football coach Darrell Crouch should be ashamed of himself for his horrific show of sportsmanship on Friday night.  Ahead 49-13 in the 4th quarter, Crouch ordered his starting line-up back in the game, passed the ball multiple times, called an onside kick AND a fake punt.  The final score was 57-13.

Here is Crouch’s defense, per the Pekin Daily Times:

Crouch wasn’t happy that Pekin played its starters for much of the second half, tried two onside kicks, and blocked a punt.

“When you do that, you’re saying the game is back on,” he said.

Say WHAT???  Crouch apparently expected the team that was BEHIND BY 36 POINTS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER to lay down, quit, and put in their 2nd team players.  What kind of delusional world does this man live in?  What exactly was the point of rubbing the Dragon’s noses in it like that?

Crouch set a very ugly example for his young players on Friday night.  Let’s hope they don’t learn his lesson of poor sportsmanship.


Written by Matthew

October 4, 2009 at 2:25 am

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  1. Actually, running a fake punt with a big lead is fine.

    1. You are trying out your play in a game situation in a low risk situation.

    2. You are showing the other teams on your schedule that you have it; that might make them take a bit off of their punt rush.


    October 4, 2009 at 9:56 am

  2. OK, perhaps … but Washington was ahead 49-0 at halftime. IMO, they had plenty of opportunities for experimentation. You could make the same excuse for adding a 2-point conversion late in the game, but that doesn’t work for me. This was done in the fourth quarter, and the quote from the coach makes it pretty clear that his intention was to punish the Pekin team for daring to find some dignity in a humiliating loss.


    October 4, 2009 at 1:13 pm

  3. I was one of those second stringers 25 years ago on a small town team. Our team was SUPER small. If there had been anything close to ‘try-outs’ I would have been the first one cut.
    Anyway, when we were way ahead at the end, coach would put me and the other young guys in the game. Last thing he really needed was his young kids getting crushed by a first string varsity squad.
    I actually remember him telling – no, YELLING, at an opposing coach that he was “calling the dogs off” and that the other coach had better do the same.

    You want dignity? Play your second team against the opposition second team and get them some experience.

    Anon E. Mouse

    November 6, 2009 at 10:19 pm

  4. Anon, if the first stringers from the dominant team are absolutely crushing an opponent, I think their second stringers would hold up OK against the first stringers from the losing team. And an onside kick? Multiple pass plays? Come on … that’s WAY over the top.


    November 8, 2009 at 4:35 pm

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