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Week One High School Football

August 24, 2008 - Mike Mathison

Big Red could have one of the fastest defenses in the state. They are quick to the ball and held Indian Creek junior standout running back Doren Thomas, a 10.9 sprinter, in check. Trey Wiggins looks like he can make plays, Branko Busick is a man-child and Dwight Macon will make plays.

But, they are only three members of a tradition-rich football program who prepares for Akron Buchtel to invade Harding Stadium.

Kudos to Indian Creek who has stepped in the past two years, and will do so for two more years, to open with Steubenville at Harding Stadium. You know, there isn't a long line of suitors for that spot

The Redskins played better this year than last season and I believe they are in a better place and a better frame of mind than 12 months ago. They now go on the road to face an Oak Glen squad with question marks because of a new coaching staff and, rumor has it, a new attitude.

Harrison Central had a huge road win against Claymont, even though the Huskies had approximately eight times more flags thrown on them than the host Mustangs. Coach Justin Kropka's team looks to go 2-0 and make a big leap toward Week 11 with a win over Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Edison played well in the first half against St. Clairsville on Friday and played better than the score indicated. Coach Mike McKenzie will have nothing to do with moral victories and his Wildcats look to throw a second loss to Martins Ferry this week. The Purple Riders gave up 21 unanswered points to Buckeye Local in a loss.

The Panthers meet St. Clairsville which will be an interesting matchup. We'll see if Buckeye's defense can continue pitching goose eggs against the Red Devils, who are led by Brody Call and Adam Shanks.

Toronto plays a big game against rival Wellsville. Coach Dave Skinner's Tigers look to avenge last year's 21-0 loss. I like the Red Knights as long as they quit the turnovers.

The same can be said for Catholic Central. Turnovers killed them against a good Columbiana team and the Crusaders must now rebound against Wheeling Central, the West Virginia Class A state champion the last four years. I like a lot of things that Catholic Central did on Saturday.

Brooke begins is tough schedule by hosting Jefferson, which could be a preseason top 10 team in Class AAA. The Bruins are coming off back-to-back playoff campaigns and look to make it three in a row.

Weir travels south to visit Petersburg in its opener. I don't know much about the opponent. The Red Riders, with 16 seniors, look to begin the year 1-0.

Madonna has a bye.


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