Sometimes as a coach you forget why you were drawn to football in the first place.
Former Jets Coach Herm Edwards declared, "You play to win the game!" Being a Jets fan, I never liked the way he coached - and I've got to say, he couldn't be further from the truth.
You play to have fun - and winning, of course, makes it a lot more enjoyable.
But the reality is, when you remember the first time you threw that pigskin with your father or you tackled your older brother on your front lawn, it wasn't about winning, it was about having a blast.
It may sound absurd, but I was reminded of this Saturday when Ticonderoga's team literally wiped us off the field.
Now I could look at the game film and point out mistakes we made as coaches and players, but in actuality Ticonderoga was the better team, and to change that outcome, we would've had to play a perfect game.
One of the hardest things to do as a coach is keep your players motivated when they are losing. It gets tougher with each score. As a youth coach, I can tell you that sometimes our actions take that fun away.
But an epiphany that put everything in perspective came to me just before halftime when Ticonderoga was beating our senior team 26-0, and they were closing in on another score. Their quarterback dropped back, eyeing his receiver in the end zone.
As that ball sailed through the sky, in the blink of an eye, our defensive backs became pros. Mark Monthony obscured the view of the receiver as Joe Schuster intercepted the pass.
It was the look on their faces that reminded me that football is exhilarating even if you're losing. It didn't matter what the score was or what the conclusion would be.
It was that single play that brought joy to those young players. In the second half, Schuster also added a nice 50-yard touchdown run, for more glee.
Earlier, the junior squad met the same fate as they fell 20 -6. Again, I know Jacob Johnson was having the time of his life when he intercepted a pass and ran 60 yards for the Little Burghers' only score.
Years from now they may or may not remember the score or who won, but they'll never forget that feeling of adrenaline when they were enjoying one of the greatest sports ever.
For many of these young athletes, it's the chance to play, the feeling of being a part of a team, the occasional great play - all these bring players joy in this game.
As I walked off that field as part of the team that was beaten 44-6, I realized you plan to win the game, but you actually come to play. Winning is a bonus, and sometimes in life we don't get to enjoy those extra perks.
This Saturday will be Warrensburg youth teams' last games of the season. The contests will play out under the lights in Whitehall. The juniors start at 5 p.m. and the seniors, at 7 p.m. All area football fans are invited to share in the joy of football, whatever the outcome.