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August/September 2009

August/September 2009


Onside Every Time - Sam Nichols Turns the Tables by Making His Kickoff Team an Offensive Unit

by: John Gallup
Editor and Publisher
© August/September 2009

In last Novemberís Michigan Division 4 district title game, underdog South Haven, trailing 7-3, began the second half with an onside kick. What seemed like a very risky strategy paid off, as the Rams recovered the kick, scored on the ensuing possession and held on for a 16-7 victory. It was the first playoff win and first district title in school history.


Some in the media called Head Coach Sam Nicholsí decision to onside kick a big gamble. But was it?


To most coaches, onside kicks are either last-ditch attempts to gain another possession when losing late in the 4th quarter or rarely-used elements of surprise that might catch an opponent off guard and change momentum.


Not to Nichols. In last yearís championship season, South Havenís first-year head coach used an onside kick, or a va....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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