Shock and awe at its finest

Posted on Sept. 22, 2012 at 1:00 a.m.

Bill Beck

Side Lines

Tim Dawson didn’t have much say. One could hardly blame him, either.

“This is going to be short and sweet. That was a (butt) whipping,’’ he said after his Concord football squad was mauled by rival Jimtown Friday night at Knepp Field.

Short and sweet.

Like the Minutemen’s bus ride home.

Like how the Jimmies took control of the game, threw the Minutemen to the turf, stepped on their throats and never let up.

Jimtown looked every bit the No.1 team in Class 3A. Concord, though, looked nothing like a third-ranked team in 4A.

From their patented traps through the middle of the line to their easy runs around end and wide open receivers, the Jimmies had it all.

A wet, wobbly pass and interception on its first play hurt Concord. A fumble two snaps into its next possession hurt Concord.

Another second-quarter interception stung again. And after each mistake, Jimtown turned into touchdowns moments later.

Shock and awe at its finest.

“We executed all of our stuff well, our offensive line played well in the trenche, we threw the ball well ... everyone played really well,’’ said Jimtown fullback-linebacker Tanner Adams.

Dawson summed it up more succinctly.

“We just told them now it’s about how you are going to bounce back .. what kind of teammate are you going to be,” Dawson said. “They just out-played us, out-hit us, out-tackled us and out-blocked us.”

Even down 21-0 at half, Concord had a glimmer of hope after the pesky first-half rain had ended.

But the Jimmie storm had only begun.

The Boys of Baugo broke through tackles, ran around tacklers and finished with an eye-popping 553 yards, including 458 on the ground.

At times, it didn’t appear that the Minutemen were anywhere close on defense while other moments, Concord was there, but simply didn’t make the stop.

“We couldn’t catch a break, but I’m not going to make any excuses,” Dawson said.

After dominating victories over New Prairie and Concord, Jimtown is beginning to hit a championship gear. There’s plenty of football to be played, but the 2012 version of the Jimmies is clicking.

I mean seriously clicking.

“The score is surprising to me. Our kids just kept going at them. A lot of things for us went right,” said Jimtown coach Mike Campbell, “and a whole lot of things for them didn’t go right.

“People are gonna see that score and say, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ We kept doing whatever we wanted ... if we can do that, we’re going to be tough to beat down the road.”

Both teams, though, need to move on.

Jimtown can’t celebrate long. Concord can’t hang its head long.

How teams handle big wins is just as important as how teams deal with mind-bending losses.

This is truly how championshp teams are made.

Bill Beck is The Truth sports editor. Contact him at bbeck@etruth.com

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