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November 5, 2012

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK: Making best out of it in playoffs

ASHLAND — It’s playoff time. One slip, and you’re out. Gone into the empty months that lie ahead.

 So, what does a team that suffered three year-ending injuries to three running backs this season do?

Surprisingly enough, it runs.

What does a senior defensive captain who’s frustratingly been part of a defense allowing 36 points a game do?

He takes it upon himself to not let it happen again.

What do heavy favorites facing helpless opponents do?

They score and scoot, meaning, they let their starters do quick damage and rush them to the sidelines to avoid unnecessary risks to injury.

Those are three questions the QB saw answered thoroughly this past weekend.

Ashland, which lost tailbacks Cody Watts, Jeremy Jackson and Quinton Baker throughout the course of the season, piled up a staggering 50 carries for 341 yards, the Tomcats’ third-highest output of the season. Malik Massey (155) and Aaron Elam (145) led the way.

Can someone please check Jordan Wellman’s birth certificate?! (Google “James Nash, Mt. Pleasant High School”).

I’m just joking, but Wellman looked like a man among boys during his Lawrence County Bulldogs’ 22-14 win over Morgan County on Friday.

The senior linebacker with curly red locks tallied 35 tackles (14 solo), likely a school record, and a forced fumble.

Wellman had 80 tackles in eight games during the regular season. He was All-State Honorable Mention as a junior in 2011.

Fairview, Johnson Central and Raceland each made those watching feel sorry for its opposition. The Eagles, Golden Eagles and Rams scored 69, 68 and 60 points despite limited action by regular players.

Also, there was the case of Fleming County and Bath County, when a coach was forced to live with a decision which would follow him, for better or worse, all offseason. Read further for details about a chaotic finish.

Looking Ahead

While some are anxiously anticipating the season premiere of the Monday Morning Point Guard — you’ll have to wait until Monday, Nov. 26, by the way — several teams still have unfinished football business to attend to.

Here’s a glance at this week’s matchups for area teams:

Ashland (9-2) at Highlands (10-1): Everyone knows Highland’s resume by now. Ashland’s last win over the Bluebirds came in 1954. Tomcats coach Leon Hart was 3 years old.

Covington Catholic (8-3) at Johnson Central (9-2): This familiar postseason matchup has happened four of the past six seasons. Central won three of them. The Golden Eagles and Colonels absolutely poured it on their opening round opponents, scoring 68 and 67, respectively.

Lawrence County (5-6) at Belfry (9-2): In the regular season meeting, Belfry running back Trenity Carr gave the Bulldogs fits. He had 169 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries during Belfry’s 41-6 win.

Nicholas County (7-4) at Fairview (11-0): The Bluejackets came into Westwood and gave the Eagles a bit of a scare a year ago. Mostly due to the play of Chris Brewer, Fairview advanced to its second consecutive regional championship. It’s looking for No. 3.

Raceland (9-2) at Pikeville (6-5): Pikeville is on a five-game winning streak, but that’s mostly due to a weak district. The Rams won this regular season meeting, 54-14, but it was at home.

Ironton (7-3) vs. Johnstown Monroe (9-2), at Athens, Ohio: Ironton’s three losses came in succession against teams with a combined record of 27-6. The Fighting Tigers hope their tough schedule pays off.

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