Hamilton High School senior Anthony Crouch laughs about the last time he was on the same football field as his father.
Arvie Crouch was a little nervous as he walked Anthony across the field on senior night last fall — and with good reason.
The elder Crouch was the head coach at Mt. Healthy and seconds after wishing his son good luck, he got in a helicopter and flew to Mt. Healthy for his game with Northwest.
“It was pretty funny talking to him as we walked across the field,” Anthony Crouch said. “He was telling me how nervous he was to get on the helicopter. But I was glad he was there to walk me across the field on senior night.”
Friday night, there will be no helicopters needed.
Arvie is serving as head coach for the South squad in the 30th Miami Valley Football Coaches Association North-South contest at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium while Anthony will represent the Big Blue on his father’s team as a wide receiver.
“It has been fun watching him in practice,” Arvie Crouch said. “I have had the chance to see some things he does I have never seen before. To be picked to be the head coach by my peers is pretty nice, to be able to be the head coach in a game my son is playing in has been really cool.”
“He’s a good coach,” Anthony said, “but it has been kind of weird (in practice). He treats me like any other player, which I have really liked, and it has helped me out a lot.”
Dad has noticed more intensity in his son over the years.
“We are both pretty intense people,” Avrie said. “But I did catch myself just watching him at practice a couple of times.”
Regardless of what the scoreboard reads at the end of the game, it will be a win for Anthony, who is playing his last game before enlisting in the Marines.
“It won’t matter,” Anthony said of the outcome. “As long as I am playing for my dad it will be awesome. When I look back on it, the last football game I ever play in will be for his team and that is pretty sweet.”
Columbus to Dayton: Thurgood Marshall standout Denzel Norvell is slated to start at running back for the South. Friday morning, he will be in Columbus competing for the Cougars in the state track meet.
“If he doesn’t advance, he will be at the game,” Avrie Crouch said. “He loves to play football and you can tell he is a really good one.”
QBs to split snaps: In the offense-happy game, Anthony Crouch is glad to have Fenwick’s Ricky Davis throwing his direction.
Davis, who will play at Youngstown State, will spit time behind center with Dixie’s Luke Bowling.
“If you run your route and are open, they will get the ball to you,” Anthony Crouch said.
Slight rules alterations are in place to make the game more explosive.
“They are both good quarterbacks,” Arvie Crouch said. “Ricky definitely has a nice arm and is very sound technically. And, he makes good judgments. It is set up for the offense to score some points, but I am looking forward to seeing how we do defensively. I am ready to get out there and see what we are made of.”