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October 15, 2012

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: QB can’t win on rivalry weeks

ASHLAND — Raceland lost to Fairview on Friday night, and nobody took a more thorough beating than your Monday Morning Quarterback.

Each week, the QB and the rest of The Independent sports staff makes predictions on every game. Every Friday, I get downright ridiculous and try to actually peg the scores of these games.

Of course, the team I don’t pick is never happy with me. And that comes with the territory. I get it.

I can take the ribbing and joking if and when I’m wrong.

When it comes to rivalry games, though, I’ve got to pack along my shield.

It’s still all in good fun (I hope) but the intensity and seriousness level is ratcheted up among you folks out there in reader-land.

To Fairview, I’m sorry. I still can’t “Believe in the Wood,” but I do believe the Eagles are better than I originally expected.

The QB is really looking forward to a repeat regional final with Fairview-Raceland, if it happens.

As for this week, I’ve got to worry about Ashland or Johnson Central.

As of now, I have no idea who I’m going to go with. My rankings would say Central, but my brain’s been known to spin on an unpredictable axis.

Either way, one side will be throwing tomatoes, the other showering praise.

Bring it. I’m ready for it all.

I think ...

Got any since?

‰Fairview had not beaten Raceland three straight times since ... 2002 to 2004. The Eagles have never taken four straight over the Rams.

‰Ironton had not suffered such a lopsided loss since ... 2007. During that season, the Fighting Tigers lost to Olentangy Liberty 56-0. Ironton fell to powerhouse Bishop Hartley, 62-6, on Friday night at Tanks Memorial Stadium.

‰Paintsville had not scored so many points in a loss since ... ever. Nicholas County beat the Tigers, 54-46, on Friday in Paintsville. It was the most points ever scored in a loss for the Tigers.

Helmet Stickers

‰Four stickers: Devon Turner (Fairview), Malik Massey (Ashland), Troy Huffine (Russell).

Turner delivered in beast-mode fashion on Friday night. With more opportunities due to some Eagle injuries, Turner was basically a one-man wrecking crew in the first half. His defensive effort, including one jarring hit that made the QB’s spine tingle from the press box, was about equally as good as his offensive performance (144 rushing yards, three touchdowns). He also made the best catch of the night against Raceland.

Massey was on pace for 12 TDs after his three-score first quarter during Ashland’s win over Greenup County. His production ended there, but it could have been much, much more. Massey ended up with 117 yards on 10 carries to go with his three TDs in his new role as running back, with freshman Quinton Baker out.

Coming off a shoulder injury makes Huffine’s night all the more impressive. The Red Devils senior racked up 132 yards on 14 carries and found paydirt twice in his team’s defeat of Lewis County.

‰Three: Connor Messer (Raceland), Fairview’s offensive line.

‰Two: Armonde Yetts (Fairview), Adam Elkins (Raceland), Caleb McKnight (Fairview), Nick Ruark (Lewis County).

‰One: Tyler Sutton (Ashland), Levi Clark (Lewis County), Hunter Prince (Ashland).

NOTE: The QB did not receive information from the Johnson Central-Rowan County game.

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