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Are you ready for Playoff Football?
November 1, 2011 - Michael Palmer
The playoffs are coming back to the Ohio Valley and this time around the first round should actually be a home game in Woodsfield.
Coach Jay Circosta just collected win 300 and his wife Donna was there to enjoy the game.
Mrs. C is a true Seminole fan, she has been on the sidelines for her husband’s games for the past 41 years, so I guess that is a given.
Mrs. C related a story about a young Tyler Kinchen, The senior quarterback for Monroe Central, who a few weeks ago broke the Seminoles' career rushing mark.
It was while visiting the Woodsfield Elementary School when Tyler was a young Redskin playing on the youth team. He had seen Mrs. Circosta in the hallway and ran up to her saying, “When I get to high school we are going to state!”
The Seminoles can take the first step towards attaining that lofty goal Friday night and appropriately Kinchen will be instrumental in making that happen.
I will not be at the field but wish the Seminoles GOOD LUCK in their contest. I know there is still some rain Friday morning to wet the field, but you can be sure that there will be a full crew working to get the field ready for the game. My assignment will be to head to the island and shoot the battle between unbeatens Linsly and Wheeling Central. I would rather make the drive to Woodsfield, but that is already being covered, so I take comfort in the fact that this match up may be the game of the season in the Ohio Valley.
Saturday I will be in St. Clairsville for the Red Devils’ playoff game. Unfortunately they will be making their post-season run without junior running back Jaylon Brown.
Senior Ben Evick is expected back for the opening round playoff game, but any Ohio State fan will tell you that one running back with speed missing from the lineup can make a big difference.
Brett McLean and his Devils have not had much success in the postseason and I had hoped they would have a full roster heading into week 11. I will be rooting for the Devils as they take on Chesapeake.
If they get past the Panthers and the Purple Riders continue to roll as they get to host Coshocton, I may have to arm wrestle Joe Lovell to cover what will be a real rivalry rematch.
Neither team can overlook week one, but in my opinion this will happen and it will be epic. Unfortunately it will most likely be held in Steubenville, not my favorite location to shoot football, but the location will not be important to either squad.
It will be a confusing bout in Tiger Town as the Shadyside team will host another Tiger squad in Wellsville. I have to go with Shadyside, they look much smoother and seem to have their offense and defense running on all cylinders at just the right time.
The toughest assignment on Saturday will be Dave Caldwell’s as he leads the Beallsville squad to Portsmouth. Did someone say, Road Trip!
The Blur Devils missed hosting a home game by .4 of one point in the computer rankings. Sciotoville Community School or Portsmouth East is a 4-hour drive for Beallsville fans heading to Tartan territory. Another long road trip will be Chesapeake as they head to St. C, If you are wondering where that school is located, if Ohio was a Plinko game and you dropped a marble into the map it would reach bottom at Chesapeake just across the river from Huntington.
Anyway, the weather for this weekend looks good and I am looking forward to the playoffs. Not just because I am looking forward to some of that famous chili from St. C AD Kelly Rine.
Good Luck to all area teams.
Hope to have the opportunity to see all of you back on the practice field next week!
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