A few random thoughts coming out of Week 4 of the high school football season:
• There may be some Trinity Christian Academy fans second-guessing the call to go for it on fourth and long late in the game with a tie score at midfield.
But if you think about it, it’s a pretty logical decision based on how the season has gone for the Lions.
TCA is 0-4 largely because of a lack of depth that negatively affects the Lions in the fourth quarter where either they lose the lead late or a close game becomes not-so-close in the fourth quarter.
The Lions were in a similar situation, so on fourth down, TCA had two options. They could punt it and automatically give the ball back to South Gibson and risk letting one of the Hornets’ athletes break away for a long run, or try taking a long shot at extending their possession, get within possible field goal range and go for the win.
Because as difficult as trying to last four quarters is, lasting through overtime is even more difficult.
• Kudos to Haywood head coach Steve Hookfin.
At the end of the Tomcats’ loss at Lexington, there was some aggressive play going on and some late hits that had no business happening in the final seconds of a 14-point game.
Hookfin went on the field and personally escorted the player off the field while visibly letting him know the error of his ways.
Also, even in defeat, Haywood showed a marked difference from last year. Last year’s team probably wouldn’t have hung with this Lexington team for three quarters. Haywood’s on the right track and will compete in this tough region.
• Updating the status of a couple of players who were taken off the field:
South Side’s Drew Burney suffered a broken ankle and a break at the bottom of one of his leg bones when his foot jammed in the ground while running at full speed.
The injury came at a bad time (as if there’s a good time for an injury) because Burney, who is a junior, was a captain for this week’s game. Head coach Brian Moore said it’s the first time he could remember a junior being a team captain in the last 15 years at South Side.
While Burney waits to figure out when surgery will happen, Moore said Burney should be back to 100 percent in six months.
Milan player Trey Moore suffered no neck damage when he went down for a few minutes in the Bulldogs’ game against Huntingdon. Milan head coach Jeff Morris said Moore and his parents were back at the fieldhouse when the rest of the team returned from Johnnie Hale Stadium after the game.
Morris said they will know more about Moore’s status as far as returning to practice and playing on Monday.
• We just completed Week 4 of high school football season.
When you combine 11 weeks of the regular season and five weeks of the playoffs, there are a total of 16 weeks on the gridiron.
Believe it or not, we just finished the first quarter of the season.
Brandon Shields is the high school sports columnist for The Jackson Sun. Contact him at 425-9751 or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @JSEditorBrandon or on Instagram at jacksonsunsports.