Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 18, 2013

AARON SNYDER: Feeling poetic and prophetic

Aaron Snyder
The Independent

ASHLAND — This Hallmark greeting card is entitled “Where has the season gone?”

Brought to you by the Monday Morning Quarterback on a Friday.

Read it aloud with me. Ah hem ...

In the blink of an eye, eight weeks have gone by.

Where do you stand? How many wins in hand?

The curtain is closing, but don’t be caught dozing

Because the best is yet to come.

Nothing like a little pregame poetry to soothe the soul.

Now, from rhyming patterns to post patterns ... what do you say we get down to business of heavy hitting?

Nine games dress the docket in Week 9 (Yeah, we don’t follow that Week 0 nonsense).

There’s one in particular that has dominated high school football conversations in many parts of the community, despite involving two of the smaller schools in the state.

Fairview heads to Raceland to pick up the heated rivalry series that left much to be desired last season. There was supposed to be a rematch in the regional finals, but Pikeville upset the Rams a week prior, forcing fans to wait an entire year for another meeting.

So, who is the QB going with in 2013? You’ll have to wait just a bit longer ...

Week 9 Picks

Ashland 41, Greenup County 14: With dynamic runner Ryan Byrd out, the Musketeers struggled mightily against Johnson Central a week ago. The Tomcats shine on homecoming night.

Russell 28, Lewis County 20: Lions love when I pick against them. Lewis County has gladly handed me three of my 21 total losses. Russell’s defense and grind-it-out running game get it done.

Johnson Central 60, Rowan County 16: Golden Eagles hit the Golden Arches next to the stadium early. Running clock in this one.

Belfry 36, Lawrence County 20: Pirates add insult to injury with Bulldogs coming off draining loss to Pike County Central.

Bishop Hartley 42, Ironton 14: Winning games on the Fighting Tigers’ schedule is so easy, a caveman could do it. NOT!

East Carter 24, Fleming County 20: Raiders find a way to down Panthers despite absence of some key players.

Mason County 50, West Carter 22: Royals have clearly shown who is the best team in this district.

Paintsville 41, Nicholas County 12: Tigers take out anger on Bluejackets after blowout loss to Fairview.

OK, well enjoy the games! ...

... Oh yeah, there’s one more ... Almost forgot!

Fairview 35, Raceland 27: Eagles come from behind as the imposing offensive line helps the running backs bust loose late. Raceland gets its yards through the air, but Fairview adjusts just enough to put itself in position for a win. This game won’t be decided until the final play.

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