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Founder and Owner of the Flexbone Association. Since 2007 we have provided the tools necessary for teams to succeed running the Flexbone Association System. Over the last ten years over 200 teams have been instructed by the Flexbone Association. I've consulted with teams and or run camps everywhere from Belfair, WA to Key West, FL. The Flexbone Association strives daily to help coaches succeed with this time tested offense, I have been a football coach for 16 seasons, currently at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, GA I played at St. Mary's Springs High School in Fond du Lac, WI under legendary head coach Bob Hyland. I've been fortunate to be part of five state championship teams (1997,1998,2002,2011,2012). In 2011-2012 St. Mary's Springs led the state of Wisconsin in scoring and set consecutive school records for points scored, Psalm 27

The Next Time Someone Tells You High School Football Doesn’t Matter

If you’ve been around here long enough, you know that from time to time I write about more than the Flexbone. I often write about knowledge gleaned from ancient classics, to business and psychological works. What drives me wild is when I hear either directly, or indirectly that high school football doesn’t matter in the big picture; schools shouldn’t place an importance on it– or it’s just a game. Then I came across this from Johnny Manziel. Say what you want about some of the things he’s done in his college career, (I for one will root for him in the NFL) his testimony of how important high school football was for him speaks volumes.

In his acceptance speech after winning the 2012 Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M, quarterback Johnny Manziel thanked family, coaches and teammates.

Manziel made sure to include his coaches and teammates at Kerrville Tivy High School.

Last week, during dinner at a restaurant near the Pacific Ocean, Manziel got emotional remembering that December night in New York, where he became the first freshman to win the Heisman, and the role one particular Kerrville Tivy coach had on his career.

“The guy that really brought it out in me was Julius Scott, my offensive coordinator at Tivy,” he said. “He had the single biggest impact on my development as a player.”

Scott, now an assistant at New Braunfels High School, was the offensive coordinator under head coach Mark Smith in 2010 when Manziel helped them average 538 yards and 56 points a game. Manziel was responsible for 75 touchdowns that season.

“After I won the Heisman, I was cool and calm and didn’t lose my emotions until I got to the top floor and the Heisman suite,” Manziel said. “Coach Scott was there. When I saw him, I just lost it. I bawled my eyes out right there.

“I told him, ‘I would never have been here without you.’ His shirt was soaking wet when I pulled away.”

Scott, who coached at Tivy for 10 years, was tough on his players, especially his quarterback.

“This is the man who put his foot down and said, ‘We’re not going to be like every other team.’” Manziel said. “If you didn’t practice, you didn’t play. Whether it was me scoring eight touchdowns in a game, we were all held accountable. We were all held to the exact same standards. If I missed a practice, I didn’t play.”

Football teaches lessons that aren’t learned in the classroom. It teaches brotherhood, camaraderie, dedication to something bigger than yourself. It teaches passion, competitiveness and creates a bond that lasts forever.  

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