Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 7, 2013

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: Nothing regular about it

Aaron Snyder
The Independent

ASHLAND — I once went 31 consecutive hours without eating.

I savored a Hershey kiss at 12 noon on one day and didn't partake of any food until a slice of pizza met my lips the next day at 7 p.m. I took not one single bite in between.

The event was called a 30-hour famine, engaged in by my church youth group at the time. It was prolonged an extra hour because the Donato’s pizza delivery guy apparently missed the huge steeple as he passed by.

Funny thing is, I didn’t feel famished. We got so busy with community service and other activities, it was as if I had forgotten that I used to eat every few hours.

Fairview’s football team has seemingly forgotten how to lose.

Sure, one of those ugly L’s may creep along again sooner or later, but it's certainly no longer a given that they must experience one every few games.

These Eagles can’t taste anything but wins at the moment. Losing would apparently be too hard to digest, seeing that they’ve fought like heck to avoid it against several viable foes this season.

First, it was Lawrence County, which suffered its only loss against Fairview (35-21).

Later came Bellevue, which put up 50 points on the Eagles only to lose by 12.

Then came Hazard, seeking revenge from last season’s state semifinal loss, but the Bulldogs couldn’t find the goal line the entire second half in a 30-27 defeat.

Finally, the latest to threaten Fairview’s winning ways was Pike County Central. The Hawks had the Eagles in their talons, gripping them tighter than any team had in a regular season game in three years. They lost that clutch, though, as the Eagles clawed their way out of a hole yet again.

The number is now 27, representing how many straight regular season victories Fairview possesses.

The mark is a school-best, and it's nearly an area-best.

Of the 13 northeastern Kentucky football schools in The Independent's circulation area, Fairview owns the third-longest such streak in history.

Thanks to area sports statistics guru Curtis Crye for allowing this research, here are the most notable regular-season winning streaks in local history:

‰Ashland: 32 straight (1928-31)

‰Lawrence County: 31 (1996-99)

‰Fairview: 27 (2010-present)

‰Boyd County: 25 (1973-75)

‰Russell: 24 (1993-95)

‰Paintsville: 19 (1977-78)

Got any “since?”

‰West Carter and East Carter haven’t experienced a run of consistent competitiveness such as the current one since ... ever. The Comets-Raiders contest has been decided by five or fewer points in each of the past three seasons. West Carter won 12-10 in 2011, East Carter 27-22 in 2012 and East Carter 23-21 in 2013. In terms of close games, this rivalry, which began in 1973, has never been better than it is right now.

‰Boyd County hadn’t been that close to beating Ashland since ... 2007. The Lions trailed just 14-6 with two minutes to go on Friday before seeing the Ashland lead balloon to the final margin of 28-6. Six years ago, Ashland won 40-33.

‰Greenup County hasn’t beaten Rowan County since ... 2008. The Musketeers-Vikings matchup virtually went down to the final whistle on Friday. These schools have locked into some tight battles in recent seasons. From 2008 to 2010, each game was decided by three points or fewer. Last season, Rowan County won by two touchdowns. Friday night produced a 21-12 outcome.

‰Russell hasn’t put up 50-plus points on an opponent not named Fleming County since ... 2007. In ’07, the Red Devils walloped Lewis County, 65-20, to improve to 7-0 at the time. Since then, they’ve hung a 50-spot only twice: against Fleming County in 2011 and against the Panthers again this past Friday.

Helmet Stickers

Four stickers: Armonde Yetts (Fairview), Chase Steele (East Carter), Devin Helvey (Rowan County).

Yetts blew up for 292 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in a much-needed effort. Also an improving linebacker, Yetts has been extremely valuable for the Eagles.

Steele enjoyed a monster first half (243 yards) en route to a 300-yard rushing performance as the Raiders nabbed “The Barrel” in a close battle with West Carter on Friday. The senior scored twice and tallied 26 total carries.

Helvey accounted for each of Rowan County’s three touchdowns in an important victory over Greenup County. The sophomore quarterback threw for two scores and rushed for another as the Vikings are inching closer to a No. 3 spot in Class 4A District 8. They go to Boyd County Friday.

Three: Quinton Baker (Ashland), Ryan Byrd (Greenup County), A.J. Cyrus (Lawrence County), Brad Auxier (Johnson Central), Isaac Weddington (Lewis County), Bronson Korzep (Russell), Evan Huddle (East Carter).

Two: Kurtlen Brown (Fairview), Tanner Edmonds (Boyd County), Daymion Belcher (Johnson Central), D’Angelo Palladino (Ironton), Ricky Goble (Lawrence County), Austin Travis (West Carter).

One: Zane Purscelley (Boyd County), Bryce Workman (Johnson Central), Jacob Gilbert (Ashland), Billy McCoy (Boyd County), Aaron King (Johnson Central), Landon Arnold (Russell).

Snyder’s

Super Seven

1. Johnson Central (6-0)

2. Fairview (6-0)

3. Lawrence County (6-1)

4. Ashland (5-2)

5. Raceland (5-2)

6. Russell (4-2)

7. Paintsville (4-2)

Wide right

Did you miss it? The following are area scores from this past weekend: Ashland 28, Boyd County 6; Russell 52, Fleming County 18; Rowan County 21, Greenup County 12; Fairview 44, Pike County Central 37; Johnson Central 56, Ironton 14; Lawrence County 51, Sheldon Clark 20; East Carter 23, West Carter 21; Mason County 50, Lewis County 19.

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