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Skyhawks back in the playoff hunt

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Heading into make-it-or-break-it time in high school football, the Scott Skyhawks at least got a big win over Westside last week during Homecoming at Scott Field.


The victory evened the Skyhawk record at 3-3 on the season. At one point things were looking pretty dismal at 1-3 but Scott has rebounded with two wins to put themselves back into the playoff hunt.


The rub comes this Friday, though, when the local lads travel to Wayne to take on the Pioneers. Wayne would never be an easy task, even in the poorest of years for the Pioneers. This is not one of their poorest years. In fact, few people can remember when Wayne actually had a really poor year.


Scott definitely needs a victory here, although this is certainly a game I predicted in the pre-season would be lost. Now, the Hawk coaches and players know much is riding on the outcome of this game. Playoff prospects would not be ruined with a loss, but they would definitely be on life-support.


The final three games of the year — Tolsia, and at Robert C. Byrd and Logan are likely wins, although not certain by any measure. The Wayne game would be a huge “w” if the Hawks could pick it up Friday.


So, Madison fans should be prepared to travel the miles to Wayne for this big one.


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The size of the home crowd for Homecoming was impressive and the enthusiasm shows again what a help the fans can be for their local favorites.


Westside brought few partisans to the game, so the visitor side was virtually empty. Not like the “full-house” Lincoln County allegedly brought, according to their statistician.


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One of the reasons I shy away from individual statistics is that most youngsters play “team” sports. It is, therefore, important how the team does; not how one of the stars performs. I am always disgusted when parents come running up to me after a basketball game to ask, “how many points did my Johnny get? How many rebounds do you have him for?”


First of all, I definitely don’t keep running stats. So, I have no idea how many points or rebounds Johnny has. If I went through my entire book, I could calculate it but I’m not going to. Occasionally, I use individual statistics, just because so many people expect it. But I definitely do not like to do so.


Those stats can come in handy when a child is planning his or her college career and a coach wants to know about them. The team statistician, if he is a bit more accurate than the LCHS one, can provide something reasonably close to that. Otherwise, the individual stats are just not important to who wins and loses the game.


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Once, when my son Elias was a sophomore at the late Duval High School, he and I joked that we were going to tell college coaches, “Together, Elias and Adam Cox have scored 12 touchdowns.” Of course, Cox had scored all dozen but, being from a political family, Elias didn’t see much wrong with the original comment.


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Bo Jeffrey, who shows signs of bringing the Scott offense out of its doldrums, is another Lincoln County product by way of Duval Middle School.


In fact, Jeffrey’s old coaches, Josh Brumfield and K.K. Matthews, looked on from the sideline Friday evening at Madison as he led the Hawks to their win over Westside.


Jeffrey is also a former Duval Raider player, although every one should know by now how much stock I put in that.


Jeffrey is, of course, continued proof positive that the outstanding Duval area players end up somewhere other than Hamlin for their high school careers. The ones who are forced to go there, almost always end up regretting it by the time they’re seniors.


I wouldn’t wish Lincoln County High on any child or grandchild of mine, although I recognize Jordan may well go there.


Poor child.


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Well, well. West Virginia University’s run over the Big 12 Conference foes came to a sudden half against Baylor. I will say, however, that the WVU offense appeared to pick it up a notch or two.


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And Marshall dismantled Texas-San Antonio. It is possible that even Doc Holliday can coach this talented bunch to a winning season in Conference USA.


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Its’ county rivalry week at Van as the Sherman Tide comes visiting Friday evening. That should be a great evening for local fans to come together to support their favorites. Perhaps Van will be recovered from that long trip to Richwood last week.


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Remember me with any story ideas, gossip or rumors. Use the email listed or call my cell, 304-533-5185.


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