Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 8, 2012

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: Pieces falling into place

ASHLAND — In the aftermath of one of the most exciting weekends of the season, some coaches are scratching their heads, some rubbing their chins and others are perfectly satisfied standing back with their arms crossed.

Russell coach Ivan McGlone and Boyd County’s Ray Brooks fall into the first category.

The Red Devils are no longer in the driver’s seat in their district after a possibly debilitating loss to Mason County. Watching a 28-10 lead disappear in a matter of six fourth-quarter minutes had McGlone revisiting some sour memories.

He recalled similar tough losses within the past decade. In 2002, Russell let a big lead slip away in a 28-27 state semifinal loss to Breathitt County. In 2006, the Devils looked to have Ashland put away before the Tomcats clawed back to win.

Those types of losses, while extremely tough to swallow at first, aren’t always ominous. Russell ended up state runner-up in 2006.

In Brooks’ case, his Lions narrowly lost a must-win game against Rowan County. It was a must-win because now an unenviable postseason matchup at Highlands is likely looming. It’ll come down to Boyd County-Greenup County for the fourth seed in that district.

As for those rubbing their chins, Raceland coach T.J. Maynard and Fairview’s Nathan McPeek have a lot on their plates this week, and the QB’s not just talking food here for the former offensive linemen.

There’s kind of a big game in Westwood on Friday. Fairview hosts Raceland in a much-anticipated Class A clash that will have people parking across the street at Marshall’s Barber Shop by 6 o’clock.

Respect and dislike are both at higher levels than ever in this rivalry.

With a win, Raceland puts itself in position to avoid a possible repeat matchup at Fairview.

Fairview, on the other hand, would love to settle into a spot in which it would host the Rams twice this season if the two happen to meet in the regional final in November.

Meanwhile, Ashland’s Leon Hart and Johnson Central’s Jim Matney have the luxury of seeing their teams peaking at the right time.

They can stay relatively relaxed ... at least for another week.

Got any since?

‰Russell and Mason County played to a single-digit margin for the first time since ... 2007. From 2002 to ‘07, Russell won four straight over the Royals by five points or fewer.

‰Greenup County hasn’t beaten Ashland since ... 1999. Since 2000, when Ashland won 43-42, the Musketeers haven’t even played the Tomcats to within 16 points.

‰Lewis County has its first two-game winning streak over East Carter since ... 1999 and 2000. The Lions snapped an eight-game losing skid to the Raiders last season.

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