Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

August 30, 2013

AARON SNYDER: Oops! I'm in the Dawg House

Aaron Snyder
The Independent

ASHLAND — Oops! Having two young kids, that’s a popular word in our house.

It’s in a close race with no, don’t and uh-oh for the top spot.

There are other variations of oops such as oopsy! or — parents, I know you’ve uttered this one — oopsy daisy!

Oops! It’s becoming more of a common reaction now that I’m a dad, no matter the environment. Even in a room full of adults I’ll let an oops! slip every now and then. I try to keep the oopsy daisy! for home use only.

I’m not going to cry over spilled milk, but I think I dropped a whole gallon (and dropped an ensuing oops!) regarding Lawrence County football this past weekend.

A few of the dirty looks and ribbing I received in the press box were warranted from the Bulldogs community.

You see, in our preview issue, I had the bright idea of predicting regular season records for each school in the region. I went 4-6 for the Dawgs. I knew they had a solid team, but I thought the schedule would wind up too grueling.

Mama’s wrong again (The Waterboy reference).

To help rectify the situation, maybe I should call my own shot. After all, I’m getting pretty good at this picking-scores-right-on-the-dot thing (see Raceland-East Carter, Week 1).

Instead of “The Babe,” I’ll just be a baby about it for now and cry ...


Week 2 predictions:

Raceland 34, Ashland 28: A flurry of turnovers booted Raceland out of contention in this game last season. The Rams cut down on the miscues and come up with a big defensive stop or two in the fourth quarter.

Mason County 33, Boyd County 14: The Royals have quality athletes at their skill spots, which make them tough to stop. Running back Rashon Nelson has a nice game and helps Mason County overcome first-game mistakes.

Russell 24, Greenup County 14: Greenup County had a few oops!’s in last week’s deflating loss to Lewis County. Nevertheless, the Musketeers should have gained some confidence from the close contest. That carries over to the Backyard Brawl, which will be closer than most think.

Fairview 36, East Carter 7: The Eagles soar to a 1-0 start behind a surprising defensive display.

Johnson Central 49, Holy Trinity (Ontario) 26: You’re allowed 12 players on the field in Canada. Holy Trinity will need many more than that. They might be better off getting “stranded” just north of Johnson County’s border.

Lawrence County 42, Rowan County 21: The more talented Dawgs double up, starting off 2-0 as Rowan County works closer to getting on the right track.

Bath County 24, West Carter 20: The Wildcats won’t have first-game jitters to deal with, hence, they have the edge.

Morgan County 32, Paintsville 22: Paintsville has some special underclassmen players, but the experienced Cougars pull it out.

Ironton 24, Wheelersburg 18: Always a great atmosphere and a fantastic matchup to start the season, this Ohio football classic will have people realizing that Ironton isn’t too terribly affected by the loss of 19 seniors.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.