Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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September 2, 2013


ASHLAND — Who wants one when you can have two?

Things naturally go better in pairs.

Shoes, socks and shorts. Dice, dumbbells and doves. Aces, allies and animals on the ark.

Even the single partridge chose to sit in a pair tree! My bad, wrong pair …

It's easy to get stuck on the number "2," and I'm not just referring to your golf ball buried deep in the sand on just the second hole of the day.

Ashland coach Tony Love said the Tomcats knew they were going for two all along when the overtime period against visiting Raceland began.

"Before overtime even started, I told the guys we were going for two," Love said.

One key factor in that decision was a depth advantage.

"Watching (Raceland) in the huddles, they looked extremely tired," Love said. "They had at least seven guys going both ways. Once the second half started unfolding, we got a lot of confidence in what we were able to do offensively."

Trailing 34-33 after a touchdown by junior quarterback Hunter Prince, Prince connected with tight end Jordan Kennedy on a perfectly executed two-point conversion, giving Love his first career win in dramatic style.

"One play away from being a goat," Love quipped. "Everybody was saying, 'Coach, great call!' Had we dropped the pass, it would've been a terrible call. Every coach knows that."

As he did Friday, Love credited assistants Steve Dowdy and Chad Tackett with the play call.

Right now, "2" is the Tomcats' favorite number.

I tried to count down from "4" to "1" in a little numbers game I chose to play this week. And, I just kept hanging up on No. 2, too.

So, in a segment influenced by Sports Illustrated, the following is a by-the-numbers look at what to take away from this weekend:

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