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Down the stretch
October 13, 2008 - Mike Mathison
King football is winding down in Ohio and has four weeks left in West Virginia.
Big Red will seek its 59th straight regular season win when Wheeling Central invades Harding Stadium Friday night.
This was a game scheduled out of necessity.
Both teams had Week 9 open and both agreed to continue looking for a game months ago, but also agreed they would play each other if nothing came about.
Well, nothing came about. This is a 1-year contract.
The Maroon Knights may continue to run into this as they are running out of West Virginia opponents to play.
The Edison Wildcats, injuries and all, scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to beat Bellaire 35-13.
You have to give it to the kids for continuing to stay the course. It's not easy being 0-6 when you expected a lot better. You can't count on dealing with injuries, but you expect to when they happen.
And, they happened this year for Edison.
But, their attitudes have stayed positive and they have seen two wins in a row and will seek a third when they visit Buckeye Local in what is a playoff game for the Panthers.
Harrison Central has its playoff life in its hands Friday night when it visits Union Local. A Huskies win puts them in the drivers seat for their first playoff appearance in school history.
I would expect them to put a lot of pressure on UL quarterback Jordan Barbina.
Madonna hosts Toronto Saturday night.
Give the 22 Toronto kids credit for sticking it out this season. That's not easy and they have done it. With 20 of the 22 coming back next season, I see a brighter future for the Red Knights.
Gents, the hard part is almost over. Making it through this season shows a ton of character. Now, continue with that character and we'll see you in pads next Fall.
The Blue Dons are on another run toward the West Virginia Class A playoffs. I like their chances.
A brilliant job by Oak Glen to bounce back from an 0-3 start to be 3-3 and give itself a chance to make a playoff run with four games remaining.
Coach Tony Filberto told the kids they would be rewarded with hard work and he was right.
Congrats to the Golden Bears for turning this thing around. Now, keep it going.
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