Tell that to the kids from Lee High.
I played on a REALLY bad HS football team my senior year. We were 0-5 in district games(2-8 overall, including losses to teams in lower divisions), and our district included Kilgore and Texas High (one went to state that year, the other the year before). We regularly lost by 40, 50, sometimes even 60 points. At the end, it felt no different than the games we lost by 20.
Good sportsmanship goes both ways. Players need to learn how to succeed while doing things the right way, but they also need to learn how to handle adversity, no matter how bad or unfair it seems. I think I handle disappointments in life better than I would have if I had not played football. I still played hard, learned the gameplan for the week, and gave it all I got every Friday.
And for the record, the Yates coach is a jerk and I'm not trying to defend him. I'm just saying that too many journalists are trying to create controversies by printing stories about high margins of victory.
"I know during the game that I get stronger as I get the ball more. It's wearing down the defense." -Jorvorskie Lane
"We don't believe in moral victories" - Chris Walker