2017-12-29 / Sports

Bacon honored


Spring Valley’s Robin Bacon Spring Valley’s Robin Bacon The second full week of December was one of honors for Spring Valley head football coach Robin Bacon. He was a coach at the Shrine Bowl and then a “Coach of the Week” at the Carolina Panthers’ home game on Sunday.

Bacon started the week with six other coaches preparing some of the best football players in South Carolina for the 81st Shrine Bowl on Saturday, December 16.

“It was a great experience to be around some really good coaches from some really good programs, to be able to shuffle around some ideas, and then to have some really good football players,” Bacon said. “It was really an enjoyable experience.”

Bacon said preparation for the Shrine Bowl began about nine months ago when it was decided what type of schemes to run on both offense and defense. As one of the offensive coaches, Bacon believed running an offense featuring a three-or-four wide receiver set would be best when trying to get South Carolina’s offensive line prepared in only a week’s time for a talented and aggressive North Carolina defense.

Many local players were selected including Spring Valley’s Channing Tindall, Dutch Fork’s Bryce Thompson, and Ridge View’s Damion Daley. Tindall was one of eight players unable to play in Saturday’s game due to an injury, which may have contributed to North Carolina’s 55-24 victory.

While the game didn’t go South Carolina’s way, Bacon said what he took away from the week was far greater than the results. He was able to pick up some ideas for his passing game, defense, and kicking he plans to take back with him to Spring Valley.

“Any time you can get multiple coaches around a table, you are going to bring back a lot of neat ideas,” Bacon said.

However, football was not the biggest part of the experience for Bacon.

“The No. 1 reason we were there was all the money raised for the Shriners Hospital,” Bacon said. “ We went to the Shriners Hospital Sunday. To be able to sit down with the families and kids was really neat. I think a lot of times when you are around a lot of kids like that, it makes you appreciate what you have at home.”

Bacon said the coaches and players also visited the surgical and prosthetic clinics.

If that wasn’t enough, Bacon was also honored at the Carolina Panthers’ game Sunday, December 17. He, along with Chapin’s Justin Gentry and Lewisville’s Will Mitchell, were named as one of the Carolina Panthers’ High School Coaches of the Week.

“I’m one of those people who believes everything is team-oriented; I don’t like individual awards,” Bacon said. “I think sometimes when you get these individual awards, it doesn’t encompass all the people involved. It is an honor; the Shrine Bowl is one of the greatest honors.”

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