“Experience is the name every one gives to their mistakes.” — Oscar Wilde, “Lady Windermere’s Fan”
Tyler Brown took to Twitter to vent his frustration — mostly with himself.
After his fumble midway through the fourth quarter sparked a 13-0 second-half run by Round Rock in last Friday’s 27-7 loss, the Harker Heights senior tailback tweeted he would “NEVER EVER EVER EVER” let a football slip through his hands again.
Outside of his Taylor Swift-like declaration, Brown’s message is one the rest of his offensive brethren need to echo. Through two games this season, the Knights have more turnovers (11) than points scored (10).
To paraphrase Brown, and for that matter Swift, that is “never ever, ever, ever” acceptable.
Although the unit only returned two players with varsity experience, and one of those — all-state center Darius James — was lost to a broken foot midway through the first game, the Heights offense has proven to be more of a liability.
Part of the reason is continued mistakes from the most important position on any football team — the quarterback.
Going into the season, it was obvious that quarterback play would be a growing pain for the Knights (0-2), who were trying to break in not one, but two unseasoned signal callers in junior Damion May and sophomore Troy Smith. And while each has done more than enough to prove themselves capable of playing on varsity, they’ve also shown a propensity for making costly mistakes.
May alone has thrown six interceptions, and Smith’s pick-6 with 2½ minutes left sealed the loss to Round Rock last week.
The problem with the turnovers isn’t that they’re occurring, because mistakes are going to happen, it’s why and when they happen that matters.
Last week, three of the seven turnovers led to 20 points for the Dragons.
While infallibility is no more than a pipe dream, errors should only serve as a guide to find the correct method.
Most bothersome is that no one seems to be learning from the mistakes.
The Knights have fallen back into being the one-win pity party that permeated the halls of the Heights program after Hall of Fame coach Ross Rogers retired.
But much like Rogers’ revived coaching career in Bryan, there was hope that this year’s team — with more than its share of Division I-caliber players on board — could be the one to break Heights’ five-year playoff drought.
But at this pace, that seems more like fantasy than reality.
Because, until they learn to stop shooting themselves in the foot with mistakes, the Knights will “never ever, ever, ever” make it back to the playoffs.
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