Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

August 23, 2013

HOBSTETTER: Musketeers looking to slip the streak

Kyle Hobstetter
The Independent

ASHLAND — It may be the first week of the season, but Greenup County could be ready to end a major losing streak.

The Musketeers have lost 22 straight games, with the last win coming on October 22, 2010 against East Carter.

Greenup County head coach Chris Mullins has taken all the right steps to produce a winning season with a deeper roster and an easier schedule.

But if you still doubt the Musketeers, look toward the Eastern Kentucky Conference Grid-O-Rama game against East Carter — a 26-0 win.

Don’t be surprised to see the streak go down tonight when Lewis County travels to Lloyd in the opening game.

Game of the week

‰Ashland at Newport Central Catholic, kickoff at 7:30 p.m. These teams have so much in common with one another.

Long-time assistants taking the head coaching spot, rosters in transition mode after large graduating classes and a lot of uncertainty heading into the first game of the year.

The main difference though is Newport Central Catholic is the defending Class 2A state champion. And according to some members of the press around the state, they are the favorites to repeat again.

The Tomcats are the underdog by default, but a big game by running back Quinton Baker and a strong defensive game plan could have Ashland close in the end.

Audibles

‰New running clock rule. For those who hate blowouts, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association has made some games easier to deal with this year.

When a team is up by 36 points, a running clock will take place and will only stop on a timeout. The old rule had a running clock start at 45.

‰Can Gilliam keep the streak alive? New Boyd County head coach John Gilliam could have some luck on his side.

The last two Lions’ head coaches won thier first games with the program (Ray Brooks, 2012, Lee Evans 2006).

Look for the ball to be spread around, as both teams run option offenses and both teams like to run the ball with multiple backs.

‰Get ready for the Ram Reunion. Before Saturday’s game against East Carter, Raceland will be having its annual Ram Reunion at 2 p.m. in the Raceland-Worthington High School cafeteria.

What makes this year’s reunion special is the school will be inducting its first class into the Raceland Football Legends, a hall of fame for the school’s best of the gridiron.

Twenty-two former players and coach Bill Tom Ross will represent the first class during a ceremony at 4 p.m. The class will then be recognized at Saturday’s game prior to kickoff.

Into the airwaves

This week’s radio coverage:

Ashland at Newport Central Catholic (WBVB 97.1-FM); Lewis County at Greenup County (WZZZ 107.5-FM, WKKS 104.9-FM); Boyd County at Lawrence County (WLGC 105.7, WZAQ 92.3-FM); East Carter at Raceland (WGOH 100.9-FM); Rowan County vs. George Rogers Clark (WMOR 106.1-FM).

Shameless Plug

For updates on all area action, follow @DindependentQB, as he stares at his computer waiting for his 1,000th follower. You can also follow myself @khobstetter for updates on tonight’s football action.