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Tolisa v. Williamstown extra points
October 26, 2008 - Jody Murphy
I don't think anybody was surprised Class A No. 1 Williamstown won Friday's game against Class AA Tolsia.
Tolsia is traditionally a pretty good team, but this year they were down - and obviously out - coming into a cold, wet Williamstown Friday. Still, I don't think anyone saw a 52-0 beatdown coming.
Larry Waller said at the end of the game his Rebels weren't ready to play. He and his coaches knew it before kickoff. That might have been part of it. Part of it might have been the fact Williamstown went out and smacked them in the mouth, knocked them into the cold, wet mud and then stepped on them whent they tried to get up.
The bulletin board material provided to the Yellowjackets earlier this week - courtesy of Tristatepreps.com - was added incentive for the 'Jackets, but hardly a major motivational factor.
Williamstown has it eye on the prize and the Rebels were just another road block. Williamstown had lots of ready-made excuses to drop the ball Friday, but it didn't. Cameron Powell, the team's leading rusher was held out the game (disciplinary reasons). Powell missed the first half of the South Harrison game for disciplinary reasons earlier this year.
The typically raucous crowd that shows up at Williamstown home game's was notciably absent. Hey, who wants to sit in a cold October rain against a non-rival?
The Yellowjackets had a couple of excuses to lose - including coach Terry Smith's assertion the team didn't practice well all week - but they didn't. They went out and took care of business - in dominating fashion.
It was solid victory from start to finish.
Tolsia - contrary to the message board experts - never had a chance.
Speaking of experts; my two game lead over the News and Sentinel sports staff is gone. I tanked. I dropped four games to Sports Editor and prep guru Dave Poe, to put me two gams back.
One more thing to note: Wheeling Central 29, Brashear (Pa.) 14.
Wheeling beat Brashear High. Brashear came into the game unbeaten and touting two massive (6-3, 290) Division I recuriited lineman. It left Wheeling Island with a loss.
Big deal right? Yeah right.
Former Brashear alumni: Solomon Page (WVU), NFL lineman Leander Jordan, Rasheed Marshall (WVU) and some guy named Major Harris.
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