Southview’s Pidcock leads Cougars into playoffsWritten by Ryan Fowler | | email@example.com
Jim Mora and I love this time of year.
“Playoffs?” the former NFL coach would ask in a high-pitched tone. “Don’t talk about playoffs. You kiddin’ me? Playoffs?!”
His classic rant while coach of the Indianapolis Colts gets me psyched for the 2008 Ohio high school state football playoffs that kick off Oct. 31. Sticking with tradition, the Toledo area will be well-represented.
Central Catholic has been there before and won a Division II state title in 2005.
Fellow unbeaten Southview will join the Irish in the same D-II
region. The Cougars wrapped up a perfect 10-0 season with a win over Maumee in week 10.
Senior quarterback Alex Pidcock lit up the scoreboard on a regular basis throughout the course of the season. His offense outscoring opponents 460-96 sends a message of Pidcock’s ability and knowledge of the offense.
“I guess you could say he is pretty much a cornerstone or somewhat of the heart of the Southview Cougars,” head coach Jim Mayzes said.
Pidcock and Springfield quarterback Eric Page battled for the Northern Lakes League scoring title for much of the season. Page won out in the end, but Pidcock, who spent the second half of most games watching from the sidelines, finished with more than 1,700 yards passing, 800 yards rushing and 35 total touchdowns.
“My main goal would be just to win the football game,” Pidcock said. “The personal stats would just come [second].”
Pidcock’s versatility on the football field confuses defenses, but at the same time his coach thinks it makes Alex second guess.
“I think he struggles sometimes; do I want to run it or do I want to throw it?” Mayzes said. “He fits what we want to do so well. He has the ability to run, the guts to run, the desire to run.”
Pidcock does have the experience of playing in the Cougars past two postseasons. The soft-spoken triggerman knew back in August he, along with his fellow seniors, would need to be the ones to lead them back.
“I knew I had to have a big season for us to get where we wanted to be,” Pidcock said. “I’m thankful that we do have a good offensive line and a good group of receivers. I’m just going out trying to make smart decisions.”
One major decision Pidcock will need to make in the near future will come off the football field. At the moment, Big Ten schools Illinois, Penn State and Purdue, along with Mid-American Conference programs, have been expressing interest. Yet nobody has pulled the trigger on the quarterback who will most likely play linebacker at the next level.
“I don’t have any offers yet,” Pidcock said with a sense of disappointment in his voice.
“But I’m hoping I’ll get an offer soon so I can play Division I football because that’s my goal.”
Coach Mayzes last made a trip to the state finals in 1999 when his Cougars lost by a point to Walsh Jesuit. He thinks this year’s team possesses a deeper bench and more talent, leaving more pressure on the guy with the football most of the time.
“To have a 6-foot-2, 215-pound stud of a quarterback has got to help anybody anywhere,” Mayzes said.
After interviewing Pidcock, you get the feeling that when the lights come on on Friday nights, the pressure dissipates, and it’s him and his boys playing pitch and catch.
“Winning games obviously makes it more fun, but I just love football out here with my friends,” Pidcock said. “I’m having a great time.”
Ryan Fowler is the Weekend Sports Anchor for NBC 24.