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September 8, 2009 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
Too much football? That point may have been reached Saturday at Wheeling Island Stadium. The Rally in the Valley stretched from 10 a.m. Saturday to 1:05 a.m. Sunday. Some 15 hours of prep football at one venue is even tough for me to digest, even though I am a diehard high school football fan. I was there prior to the start of the Wheeling Central-Akron Buchtel game, the quintet's opener and finally packed it in during the fourth quarter of game four between Pittsburgh Central Catholic and Youngstown Ursuline. That resulted in missing the lone local matchup between Bellaire and John Marshall. I must commend promoter and organizer Ken Halloy for putting together a monster event. The teams were heavyweights. It was a collection of prep talent we do not have the luxury of seeing on a regular basis. The Rally in the Valley is an event which I hope continues. Halloy, a Bridgeport native and St. John Central grad, is obviously wired in to big-time programs and we appreciate his bringing them back to his home turf. I just recommend tweaking the grid extravangaza in one fashion: reduce the number of games from five to four. A schedule of 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m, should provide a window where games don't push back the next contest. Saturday's games were off schedule after the Wheelin Central-Buchtel contest, snowballing lateness the balance of the day. There has been talk of showcasing more local teams. I would rather watch the national powers roll in. We have an opportunity to watch the local teams on a regular basis. Halloy has hit on a great grid package. In this case, less would be better. Four games would suffice.
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