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August 29, 2011 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
Week one of the high school football season produced several surprises, some more shocking than others. By far the biggest stunner was Bridgeport's beat-down at Zanesville. While the Bulldogs lost prime-time talent from last year's 10-0 juggernaut, the Dogs still had high hopes heading into 2011. Rosecrans boasts a team short in numbers but must feature quality if Saturday night's 44-8 triumph is any indication. There is no need to panic in Bridgeport. Rudy Vavrock has established an excellent program, not a short-term wonder. All the Bulldogs need is a win against a solid Toronto outfit Friday and life will be fine. I expect a Bulldogs' bounce back against the Red Knights. The other outcome which raised my eyebrows was Bellaire's loss to Wheeling Central. Pre-season hype was quite positive in the All-American Town. Toss in major personnel losses sustained by the Maroon Knights, I expected the Big Reds to have their way against the Maroon. It played out the other way, as the Bellaire defense was unable to contain the Central ground game. Now, Bellaire needs a win against lowly regarded John Marshall to avoid an 0-2 start, while many, including myself, expected the Big Reds to be 2-0 after Friday. A loss to the Monarchs, who were pounded by Cambridge in their opener, may signal a long season for Bellaire. I don't look for that to happen. The Big Reds should prevail Friday and bounce back and have a winning season like last season.
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