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Still ready for some football
November 19, 2011 - Michael Palmer
While we are busy preparing for basketball two area teams are still playing football. It is a great source of pride to have two teams just two games away from the state finals.
The Beallsville team is a team that is truly a small school in Division VI. They are not a private school with the ability to draw players from a larger geographical area. It is an exciting notion to think both Shadyside and the Blue Devils have the opportunity to win a regional title trophy and then meet bext week.
Very few area sports fans that I have talked with give good odds on that happening and if it does the game will not be local, the powers that be have passed up St. Clairsville and politics being what they are, the game between the two small schools would be held in Steubenville.
I do not see any advantage to this move except the obvious bias in the administration of the high school playoff system. There will not be a huge throng of fans, the crowd for the Bridgeport vs Shadyside rematch at St. C was not standing room only, so I see that arguement being undefendable as an excuse.
For teams, press and fans I believe that St. C is the better venue for a football game.
I will be at New Philadelphia for the Shadyside game. The Tigers have proven that they are a team with incredible tenacity by rising from their loss of a bih chunk of starters and last week losing their starting quarterback. The athlete of the week title went to Austin Dorris and he was deserving of the title. Coming in against a very fast and tough Youngstown Christian and performing like a seasoned veteran in a playoff atmosphere was truly impressive. His fatherwas not too excited about his son being thrown in to helm the Tigers offense in the post season, but soon joined in with the fans as they celebrated the performance.
Paul Kranjyak will be shooting the Beallsville game in Reynoldsburg. His first stop is Ohio State hosting Penn State. I am very nervous about this game. If there was controversy and inappropriate fan behavior at home, it is most likely that there will be a small group or a few rouge fans at Ohio State who will end up on ESPN being idiots. The Buckeyes have been very careful to focus on the game and ask fans and players to focus on the play on the field not the controversy, but a few morons are bound to be there and end up on television.
The Penn State players do not need to be punished for the problems but the alternative was ending their season early. It is a no win situation and very sad for college football.
I will watch some of the game before heading to Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium.
Hopefully next week I can SHOOT SOME MORE FOOTBALL.
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