State champion coach Carl Turner claims he was fired for running up scores

Bishop-Sullivan-High-SchoolVirginia Beach Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School football coach Carl Turner parted ways with the team on Wednesday. His departure came after Turner led his team to a 12-0 record and the first state championship in program history, making the move somewhat of a surprise. So what happened?

In a statement on Wednesday evening, Bishop Sullivan claimed Turner has resigned.

“Coach Carl Turner has decided to step down from his position as head football coach at Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School,” the statement read, via The Virginian-Pilot. “Coach Turner expressed that he would like to spend more quality time with his family, enjoy watching his son play college football and focus on his professional career.”

Turner’s son Pierce was an All-State senior linebacker last fall and has received interest from several Division-I programs, but Carl said that is not the reason he is leaving Bishop Sullivan. Instead, Turner told The Virginian-Pilot he was fired for running up the score on opponents. He said he knew the axe was coming when he got a text message from athletic director Corey Mistretta on Wednesday morning.

“When I got into (Principal Dennis W. Price’s) office, he looked at me and said, ‘We’re not going to renew your contract,'” Turner explained. “I asked why, and he said, ‘Because we told you not to run the score up and you chose to run the score up on teams.'”

The Crusaders won eight of 10 games by 21 points or more and averaged 480 yards and 50.1 points per game. While Turner did not deny that his team blew some opponents out, he insisted he did not expect it to result in his termination.

“I’m totally devastated,” he said. “I feel like my heart and my guts have been ripped out. Do you know how much time and effort I’ve put into this program?”

In addition to running up the score, there was also an incident involving Turner back in August that resulted in a two-game suspension. The coach had hosted a party at his home where he discovered students drinking, but he said police approved of the way he handled the situation and it had nothing to do with his termination.

In an era where we have seen high school coaches fired for kicking their own players, running up the score doesn’t seem all that bad. Unfortunately for Turner, it sounds like it was enough for Bishop Sullivan to send him packing.

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Tony Picard is a 6-foot-4, 400-pound high school running back

Tony-PicardWhite Swan (Wash.) High School senior Tony Picard is practically an unstoppable force. When you take a 6-foot-4, 400-pound kid and give him some football equipment, that result is expected.

Picard’s primary position is running back. Yes, as in the running back that takes the ball from the quarterback and runs toward the end zone with it.

How do high school kids tackle a 400-pound opponent? Teamwork.

“Most teams will sacrifice five guys to stop him: four linemen and a middle linebacker. That leaves three guys on each side to stop the rest of our team,” White Swan football coach Andrew Bush told the Indian Country Today Network. “Everything else opens up: our outside running, our play action, and our entire passing game. We average about 450 yards as a team offensively.”

Picard gets the ball quite a bit, averaging about five yards per carry and 100 yards per game. As you might expect, he started out as a lineman. Bush said he was amazed by Picard’s speed and agility, which he noticed at a football camp when some kids were playing a pickup game of basketball.

“He was so agile and making shots from way out there,” Bush said. “I said ‘I’ve got to use this somehow.’

“It’s so much fun to have him go out [on the field] as a captain and see him shaking hands before the game. [Opponents are] just kind of staring, like ‘Oh my gosh, you’ve got to be kidding me!'”

When he’s not carrying the rock, Picard plays the role of decoy and takes advantage of the attention defenses give him.

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Michael Humphrey is a 6-foot-9 high school quarterback and basketball recruit

Michael-HumphreySunnyslope (Phoenix) High School senior Michael Humphrey has no problem sticking out on the football field. Most star quarterbacks receive a lot of attention, but when you’re 6-foot-9 the spotlight tends to be a bit brighter.

According to Max Preps, Humphrey just keeps on growing. When he stood at 6-foot-6 last fall, his intention was to draw interest from college football programs and to play quarterback at the next level. Then he hit a growth spurt, and colleges began switching gears. After impressing scouts at the Pangos All-American basketball camp in June, Humphrey began hearing from schools about his basketball ability.

Humphrey also happens to have a 3.9 GPA. At first, he heard from Ivy League schools and programs like Tulsa, Rice and Utah State. As his popularity grew, he began receiving offers from top basketball programs like Louisville, UCLA, Stanford, Texas and Arizona. Humphrey has reportedly narrowed his choice down to Stanford and Arizona.

While Humphrey has decided he will play basketball at the collegiate level, that doesn’t mean he has given up on the gridiron. Sunnyslope is off to a 6-0 start this season with Humphrey under center. He has thrown for more than 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns and is completing over 60% of his passes. He threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns in a win two weeks ago.

Try batting one of those passes down. Can you think of a taller quarterback than 6-foot-9? The closest thing we can think of is Dan McGwire, the brother of legendary slugger Mark McGwire, who spent some time in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks. I’m happy for Humphrey that he’s receiving such great interest for basketball, but it would have been fun to see a 6-foot-9 quarterback play college ball.

High school majorette Audra Lewis doubles as kicker for football team

Audra-LewisSouth Allegheny (Pa.) High School senior Audra Lewis has quite a bit more on her plate than many of her classmates. Lewis is a majorette. She twirls batons at halftime during the school’s football games, which as you can imagine takes hours of repetition to perfect. I’m sure she gets plenty of practice in when she’s not working on kicking field goals.

That’s right, Lewis also doubles as South Allegheny’s kicker. When the last second ticks off the clock in the first half, she rushes to the locker room to change into her majorette outfit to prepare for her halftime performance.

“It is very difficult,” Lewis said on The Hines Ward Show. “I don’t have a lot of time to change. It’s so quick that my majorettes have to come over and help me sometimes. It’ll be like 30 seconds left and my hair’s not (done) and my lipstick’s not on.”

Lewis was the backup kicker for the football team last season, but she earned the starting job this fall. She also happens to be a talented soccer player.

[Also see: Homecoming queen kicks game-winning field goal]

“She’s like Superman, changing those outfits,” South Allegheny football coach Pat Monroe told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Last year, I think she got her feet wet a little just coming out for the team. “But she worked hard in the offseason and she’s a tremendous athlete. She’s a tremendous soccer player, and her kicking is not [just] a novelty by any stretch of the imagination. I have faith in her, and the kids respect her.”

What does this all mean? In the past week we have shown you a 335-pound nose tackle who doubles as a cheerleader and a baton twirler who can also boot field goals. What do you do on Friday nights?

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Top HS recruit Da’Shawn Hand suplexes running back with ease (Video)

DaShawn-Hand-suplexLast Friday night, five-star defensive end recruit Da’Shawn Hand showed everyone why he is considered to be the top player at any position in the Class of 2014. During a 26-22 win over Osbourn Park, Hand busted through the offensive line and executed a textbook suplex on opposing running back Josh Hayes. He spoke to The Washington Post about his WWE audition after the game.

“I was surprised I pick him up,” Hand said, via USA Today Sports. “I grabbed him and I was like, ‘Boom!’ Did you get that on camera? Ooh I gotta see it.”

Hand has been recruited by ever powerhouse program in the nation, with his interest reportedly highest in Alabama, Florida and Michigan. He would fit in perfectly at Bama, as his amazing tackle reminded us of the frightening hit we saw from a Crimson Tide defender on a Missouri running back last season. Something tells me Da’Shawn will do just fine at the next level.

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High school football game has one of the most insane endings ever (Video)

AM-Consolidated-endingOne of the first high school football games of the 2013 season brought us one of the most incredible endings you will ever see on Friday night. Two Texas schools, Copperas Cove and A&M Consolidated, played down to the wire until the game was decided with literally one second remaining in regulation.

Copperas Cove kicked a field goal to take the lead with just a tick left on the clock in the fourth quarter. Had the scoreboard operator touched the button to stop the clock a second later, the Bulldawgs would have won. Instead, they had to kick the ball back to A&M Consolidated. Naturally, they went with a squib kick.

And then a miracle happened. With a couple of huge blocks, a lateral and some incredible east-to-west running, A&M Consolidated took the squib for a touchdown and won 44-41. Between the ending of the century and the incredible touchdown run we saw from a Michigan recruit last week, the 2013 season is off to a remarkable start.

H/T Bob’s Blitz

Danny Amendola’s father, the high school coach who was hit by golf cart at state title game, suing Cowboys Stadium

runaway-golf-cartAfter the Class 5A Division II high school state championship game between Spring Dekaney and Steele on Dec. 17, 2011, Dekaney coach Willie Amendola was one of several people who were struck with a golf cart. Many of you have probably seen the video clip at some point, which showed a scary moment featuring an unmanned cart that somehow got loose and appeared to have a mind of its own.

According to MySanAntonio.com, Amendola and his wife Valarie have now filed a lawsuit against Cowboys Stadium, which is where the game was held. The couple is seeking more than $1 million in damages. The lawsuit can be read here.

All indications were that there were no serious injuries when the incident took place. Amendola, who is the father of New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, seemed to be in good spirits and even made a sarcastic comment about it.

“Did you guys get that? Wonder what the UIL is going to do about that?” he asked the Express-News at the time.

Apparently things got worse as time went on, because the lawsuit Amendola filed claims the incident caused physical pain, mental anguish, loss of earning capacity and loss of enjoyment. The video went viral and has been popular over the past year or so, which Amendola and his wife say “caused great personal embarrassment.” It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.