Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 13, 2013

HOBSTETTER HOT ROUTES: Russell-Ashland rivalry is upon us

Kyle Hobstetter
The Independent

ASHLAND — The idea of an anniversary is just amazing to me.

My parents have been married for almost 40 years. I think it’s unbelievable two people can be together that long.

I then started doing research for this week’s "Hobstetter’s Hot Routes" and have found something that puts my parents’ marriage to shame.

Ashland and Russell have played each other every season for 54 years. That is 54 years straight, not total.

There are a several great fun facts about the game that has become a staple to the area football schedule.

‰Ivan McGlone has faced the Tomcats 38 times over 37 seasons as the head coach of Russell. In that time, McGlone has a record of 18-20 against Ashland.

Ashland has had seven different coaches during Russell's McGlone Era. In McGlone’s first year, he faced Herb Conley in his final year at Ashland.

‰ Ivan McGlone has faced the Tomcats 38 times over 37 seasons as the head coach of Russell. In that time, McGlone has a record of 18-20 against Ashland.

While McGlone has been a constant in the series, as Ashland has had seven different coaches. And in McGlone’s first year he faced Herb Conley in his final year at Ashland.

‰ In 1989, Ashland and Russell met in the playoffs. It’s the only time the two rivals have met in postseason play.

‰ These teams have a lot of additional history between one another thanks to the annual Kiwanis Bowl. The Kiwanis Bowl features the freshman teams of both schools battling out in the last game of their season.

The Kiwanis Bowl is always a big deal for both teams, and it serves as a nice appetizer to the future varsity clashes.

‰ The final fun fact (unless you’re a Russell fan) is that Ashland has won the past five meetings by a total of 204-45. That marks the most consecutive wins since the beginning of the series when Ashland won 13 straight.

And I always find it amazing that no matter how good or bad a season each team is having, the game is packed. So if you want to get a good seat to take in the action at Ivan McGlone Field, get there early.  

Game of the Week

‰ Ashland at Russell. After an opening like that, I bet you couldn’t have guessed what the top game of the week was.

Both teams are coming off tough losses and are looking to right the ship against one another.

Russell is struggling to stop the run game, having just allowed 300 yards to Ironton in last week’s loss. Ashland looks to have a stronger running game than Ironton, with sophomore Quinton Baker already having totaled 511 yards in just three games.

The Tomcats are coming off a loss to George Washington that saw the Patriots roll off 21 straight points.

After being outgained on the ground in two straight games, look for the Tomcats' improving defense to focus on stopping the Russell run game.  


‰ Greenup County’s much-improved defense will probably gets its toughest test of the early season tonight in Raceland.

One of the main problems for the Musketeers this season has been stopping the passing game.

In Week 1, Lewis County quarterback Isaac Weddington lit up Greenup County for 191 passing yards. Last week, Fleming County had 244 yards through the air.

Tonight the Musketeers face Raceland quarterback Adam Elkins, who had 481 passing yards along with four touchdown throws.

‰ A quarterback leads the area in yards per game. West Carter’s Braden Brown gives a whole new meaning to "running quarterback."

With 475 yards in just two games, the sophomore is the overall leader in the area with a whopping 238 yards per game.

The Comets host Morgan County tonight as they look to continue its dominance over the Cougars. West Carter has won the last five meetings.  won the last five meetings.

‰ Lewis County looks for a 3-0 start. The last time the Lions started the season 3-0 was in 2005 under coach Corky Prater.

After a six-point win over Greenup County in Week 1 and a 12-point win over Bath County last week, Lewis County hosts a Nicholas County team that was pasted by West Carter, 55-0.

The Bluejackets don't get a break when it comes to defending quarterbacks.

Lewis County’s Weddington has thrown for five touchdowns in two games.

Into the Airwaves

Tongiht’s Radio Coverage

Ashland at Russell (WBVB 97.1-FM, WLGC 105.7-FM); Boyd County at South Point (wlgcradio.com); Greenup County at Raceland (wlgcradio.com); Bellevue at Fairview (wlgcradio.com); Perry County Central at Johnson Central (98.9 WSIP-FM); Breathitt County at Lawrence County (WZAQ 92.3-FM); Rowan County at Fleming County (WMOR 106.1-FM); Bath County at East Carter (WGOH 100.9-FM); Nicholas County at Lewis County (WKKS 104.9-FM). Amanda-Clearcreek at Ironton (WIRO 1230-AM).

TV Note

The Ohio University Southern Electronic Media program will be presenting the Greenup County-Raceland game at 11 p.m. tonight.

The game can be found on Time Waner channel 25, Armstrong Cable channel 4 and 100.   

Shameless Plug

For scores, news and other tidbits about the area sports scene, follow me on Twitter (@KHobstetter). Sports Editor Aaron Snyder is also on Twitter (@DIndependentQB) and is looking to give someone the James Van Der Beek “I don’t want your life” speech from Varsity Blues to someone this week.