Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 6, 2013

AARON SNYDER: Back to school, guess I'm the fool

Aaron Snyder
The Independent

ASHLAND — I suppose I’m one stubborn student. These high schoolers are teaching me lessons each week, but I just can’t get it through my thick skull.

First it was Lawrence County, squashing the notion of a 4-6 record as predicted by yours truly. Actually, right now, the 2-0 Bulldogs are making that look quite laughable.

Then, Ashland took the chalk and drew out a lesson for our prediction panel (four of us thought Raceland would win).

I’ll need straight A’s this week or I’ll have to take this class pass/fail — funny sidenote, I took Music 101 pass/fail in college. Yes, of course I passed.

So, back on track, did I learn my lesson or what?

I must be having trouble seeing the board or reading my scribbled notes because, well, see for yourself ...

George Washington 42, Ashland 28: GW piled up an eye-popping 526 rushing yards against South Charleston, a defense that one would think isn’t too shabby. At the moment, Ashland’s offense is ahead of its defense. I see the Tomcats putting up an impressive number on offense, but GW’s backfield weapons being too much to handle over the course of 48 minutes.

Ironton 26, Russell 17: Ironton isn’t that bad, folks. Wheelersburg might just be extremely good. That being said, Russell will give the Fighting Tigers a fight at Tanks Memorial, as it did two seasons ago, but the home team finds a way to hold off the youthful Red Devils.

Greenup County 20, Fleming County 19: After suffering two heartbreakers, the Musketeers make a reservation for the Panthers at Heartbreak Hotel. The streak has left the building!

Fairview 28, Lawrence County 24: By now, everybody’s had enough time to realize these Bulldogs are to be taken seriously. I have a feeling, however, that the Eagles have taken note and will be fully prepared for the multiple-threat offense. Fairview is versatile in its own right, offering both power and speed from the backfield. This could be a doozy!

Mason County 40, Rowan County 20: The Vikings’ defense concerns me, having allowed 58 and 50 points, respectively, in starting 0-2. They move to 0-3 against a Royals team that will only get better week by week.

Nicholas County 34, West Carter 28: The Comets drop another tough one, but their offense continues to flow.

Lewis County 26, Bath County 21: The Lions’ passing attack is the difference.

Pikeville 45, Paintsville 22: I love the direction the 2-0 Tigers are going, but the Panthers are apparently a juggernaut — they’ve amassed 99 points in their first two contests.

Saturday’s game

Raceland 35, Boyd County 17: 
The Rams come out flat after a deflating loss at Ashland, but a strong third quarter puts this one out of reach of the homestanding Lions.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.