Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 5, 2012

EXTRA POINTS: Thursday games how I hate thee

Kyle Hobstetter
The Independent

ASHLAND — This is weird and I don’t like it.

Usually I can have this column done on a Tuesday and edit when desired.

This week I had to wait until the last minute to finally put this column to bed.

Why, you may ask? (I’m thinking the question is why did you have to wait, not why do you write this so early in the week.)

Thursday games are the answer.

On Thursday, we saw Johnson Central defeat Greenup County, Fairview get its first district win over Paintsville and Fleming County slide past West Carter.

But why did we have three games on a Thursday night?

Simple. Most area schools will not be in session, because of a teacher’s conference being held today.

Also, there's the apple festival going on in Paintsville this weekend.

While I may have come off as a jerk earlier, this is a good idea to give these high school kids what they need: A Friday off.

These kids work hard, play hard, deal with school and some even have jobs.

Let these players be kids. That’s what they are.  

A free Friday sounds like a good reward to me.

Game of the week

‰ Mason County at Russell, 7:30 p.m. This game basically gives the winner an advantage in the Class 3A, District 6 race.

Both teams are 2-0 in the district right now, and after this game, both teams look to have the best records in the region.

The Royals are on a two-game winning streak, with wins over fellow district opponents East Carter and Lewis County.

Mason County will look to running back RaShaun Nelson, who is averaging 98 yards per game, but has scored only three touchdowns this season.

Troy Huffine and Googie Hayes should have an easy time running past Mason County’s defense, which has allowed 977 yards rushing and 634 passing. But, at the same time, the Red Devils have been suspect on the offensive side of the ball at points this year.

This should be a good battle for control at the top of the district.

Week 8

Things to Know

‰ Ashland has never lost back-to-back games against Belfry. But there is a good chance that happens this year.

Both teams are very good — Ashland is ranked No. 4 in Class 4A and Belfry is No. 4 in Class 3A. Both teams have only one loss this season.

Both teams have incredible running backs, Ashland with Quinton Baker (922 yards and 16 TDs) and Belfry with Justin Johnson (729 yards and 12 TDs.)

I see history repeating itself, as the game is being held on Ashland’s home turf, and it seems Ashland hardly ever loses at Putnam Stadium.

‰ East Carter has a chance to win its second straight game. Congratulations to coach Zach Moore for winning his first game with the Raiders.

Tonight East Carter has a district game against a struggling Lewis County team.

Sometimes all you need is one to get the team rolling, and it seems like with their last three games at home, the Raiders can add at least one more to the win column.

‰ Tonight is a must win for Boyd County and Rowan County. The two Class 4A, District 8 teams meet with huge playoff implications.

Rowan County already has one district win, while Boyd County is searching for its first.

If the Vikings win, they avoid earning the fourth and final District 8 playoff spot, which usually means a date with state powerhouse Highlands.

Boyd County still has a game against Greenup County later in the season, but if it loses tonight the Lions are all but assured a game in Fort Thomas.

Shameless plug

Follow The Independent’s Quarterback on Twitter, @DindependentQB. He will be tweeting scores and updates from area games tonight. It’s his first day back from vacation so let’s take it easy on him this week.  

For your ears only

Tonight’s radio coverage:

Belfry at Ashland (WBVB 97.1-FM) Lewis County at East Carter (WKKS 104.9-FM, WUGO 102.3-FM), Bishop Watterson at Ironton (WIRO 1230 AM), Pike Co. Central at Lawrence County (WZAQ 92.3-FM) Boyd County at Rowan County (WMOR 106.1-FM, wlgcradio.com) Mason County at Russell (WLGC 105.7-FM)

Raceland at Nicholas County will we webcast by Curtis Bradley. The webcast will take place at 7:15 and can be viewed at www.rams.ihigh.com and by clicking the link under the top banner.

After the conclusion of the broadcast, the game is archived for viewing on demand.

Final thoughts

It’s tough to be a Greenup County fan right now.

Saying the Musketeers have struggled this year is an understatement.

This season, Greenup County has gone winless, and has been outscored 261-62.

Players have been suspended, injuries have taken a toll on the roster, and the Musketeers have one of the hardest schedules in the area.

But while it’s easy to pick on coach Chris Mullins and his team, I want to point out some positivity.

This team has not given up, even when it’s been so easy to.

Matt Lawson continues to run the ball hard, and carry a Greenup County team through injuries.

He’s also had to learn quarterback for some games along with being the Musketeers' main running threat.

And while it may look like the sky is falling over Lloyd, sometimes coaches and players need time to build.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither were some of the best sports teams of all time.

In the words of the great Axl Rose, all we need is a little patience.