The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


October 24, 2013

Here’s mud in your eye!

Head coaches have vivid weather-related memories


Matt Rosati, Perry

The most fun would have to be the mud bowls in the old days. This year, every game we play will be on turf, home and away. Some of the most memorable games would be because of mud. In 2002, Week 10, I coached in the worst conditions ever at Chagrin Falls, it rained all day and was about 30 degrees and the field was nothing but mud. It was for the CVC championship and we won in OT, 3-0.

Jimmy Henson, Jefferson

My junior year at Grand Valley, we were playing Mathews and a transformer blew and the lights went out. We had to go back on Saturday to finish the game.

As far as weather conditions, played in a game in college where the yard markers were floating away during the game, and had a couple of games up in Michigan where the field had to be plowed and there were about 6-foot snow piles on the sidelines.

When I was coaching at Ashland, we were flying up to the Upper Peninsula to play Northern Michigan, they had had two feet of snow and a warm front came through and started melting the snow and it created fog, we couldn’t fly into Marquette, so we sat and waited, the kids didn’t get to eat, landed about 50 miles away, put us on city buses, got to the stadium about 20 minutes before kickoff, they wouldn’t delay the start because it was on TV.

The kids did a great job and we won.

John Glavickas, Grand Valley

When I look back at my career and think of actual bad weather, I remember when I was Tom (Henson’s) offensive coordinator and we had to play a game against Richmond Heights.

It was coming down in buckets, it was just a dismal night.

I can remember thinking, “this game was like out of a movie.” The kids absolutely loved playing in it. I was wet and miserable.

I just remember how big the smiles were on the kids’ faces.

Now, when it comes to field conditions, I will never forget our game against Ledgemont at their field. Every parent in our district dubs that one, “Mud Bowl.”

I can remember standing there trying to figure out which kid was A.J. Henson to get in a play to him because after the first play, you couldn’t read any numbers anymore.

That night was absolutely crazy.

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