Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 9, 2013


Aaron Snyder
The Independent

HUNTINGTON — What do you think when you hear the word "streak?"

Will Ferrell in the movie "Old School?" We're going streaking! Bring your green hat!

Ray Stevens's hit song "The Streak?" Don't look Ethel!

Thoughts of a 1960s and '70s social fad involving frolicking in your birthday suit aside, what do you associate "streak" with?

Sports, of course.

Like Orel Hershiser's 59 consecutive scoreless innings. Or Joe Dimaggio's 56 straight games with at least one hit. Perhaps even UCLA's run of seven NCAA titles in a row.

One of my favorites is "Iron Man" Cal Ripken's consecutive baseball games played (2,632).

September 6 must be a special day when it comes to streaks. You see, Ripken surpassed Lou Gehrig's previous record of 2,131 on Sept. 6, 1995.

On Sept. 6, 2013, a pair of undesirable area high school football streaks came to a screeching halt.

Greenup County's 22-20 win over Fleming County severed a 24-game string without a victory — it also gave third-year coach Chris Mullins his first career win.

West Carter's 55-0 drubbing of Nicholas County marked the end of the Comets' 14-game skid.

Congratulations to those programs shedding the monkey of their backs.

Now we can stow away the comparisons to the bad streaks — i.e. 21 straight losses by the 1988 Baltimore Orioles, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 26 consecutive defeats to start their franchise history and/or Cal Tech basketball's 207 L's in succession — and possibly witness the beginning of the good kind. All it takes is two.

Got any since?

‰Russell has lost five in a row to Ashland. The Red Devils haven't suffered that long of a drought against their rival since … 1960-69, when Ashland beat them 10 consecutive times.

‰Johnson Central hadn't scored 70 points in a game since … 2000. Then-coach Bill Musick, now Fairview's superintendent, guided the Golden Eagles to a 72-0 shellacking of Perry County Central. On Saturday, coach Jim Matney's bunch slammed Noblesville (Ind.) 72-28.

‰West Carter hadn't enjoyed such a lopsided victory since … 1998. The Comets manhandled Morgan County, 56-0, that year before ultimately going 3-7. On Friday, they crushed Nicholas County, 55-0.

‰Raceland hasn't lost to Boyd County since … 1993. The Rams have beaten the Lions in six straight meetings, the latest a 47-7 rout on Saturday.

Helmet Stickers

Four stickers: Quinton Baker (Ashland), Ryan Byrd (Greenup County), Kent Phelps (Paintsville).

Baker fell short of living up to his nickname "The Touchdown Maker" on Friday night, and he even encountered some ball control issues. And, well, he's still here on this list. That's how good the sophomore is.

Baker orchestrated his second 200-yard rushing game already this season, and he did so against a George Washington team that was stingy against the run in Week 1 versus South Charleston.

Byrd's the word in Greenup County. With 127 yards on 22 carries, the sophomore halfback is 3 for 3 now in reaching 100 yards on the ground in each contest. His efforts have helped give his team a chance to win all three games, and he finally helped propel the Musketeers to that ever-elusive victory.

Phelps, a freshman, carried 33 times for 231 yards for greatly improved Paintsville in a near-upset of Pikeville.

Three: Connor Messer (Raceland), Tristan Cox (Ironton), Braden Brown (West Carter), Isaiah King (Fairview), Jordan McCann (Lewis County), Kash Daniel (Paintsville).

Two: Armonde Yetts (Fairview), Josh Young (Raceland), Tanner Dolen (Fairview), Timmy Dalton (Lawrence County), Michael Lambert (Rowan County), Isaac Weddington (Lewis County).

One: Nick Conley (Russell), Robbie Moore (Ashland), Drew Johnston (Greenup County), Kane Snyder (Raceland), Tristen Mitchell (West Carter), Adam Elkins (Raceland), Dalton Stamm (Lewis County), Lane Daniels (Paintsville).

NOTE: No stats were available from Johnson Central's game.


Super Seven

1. Johnson Central (2-0)

2. Fairview (2-0)

3. Ashland (1-2)

4. Raceland (2-1)

5. Lawrence County (2-1)

6. Paintsville (2-1)

7. Lewis County (2-0)

Wide right

Did you miss it? Here is rundown of area scores from this past weekend: George Washington 35, Ashland 14; Ironton 35, Russell 14; Fairview 35, Lawrence County 21; Greenup County 22, Fleming County 20; Lewis County 39, Bath County 27; Pikeville 28, Paintsville 21; West Carter 55, Nicholas County 0; Mason County 44, Rowan County 15; Johnson Central 72, Noblesville (Ind.) 28; Raceland 47, Boyd County 7.

Tweet the QB

Follow your Monday Morning Quarterback on Twitter (@DindependentQB) for local sports news and scores.

After sports writer Kyle Hobstetter claimed that I would tweet my thoughts on the Dancing with the Stars cast, I thought I'd disappoint you DWTS fans out there if I didn't follow through.

Some preseason predictions on possible headlines when these cast members are cast out:

"Here's your '5' sign" — Bill Engvall.

"Waste of space" — Bill Nye "The Science Guy."

"Just give me the d*** ballroom dance!" — Keyshawn Johnson.

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