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Football Friday Night
November 16, 2011 - Jay Bennett
Although I didn't get to cover a prep football contest last week, I'll be in Williamstown on Friday night to see if the Yellowjackets of head man Terry Smith can survive and advance into the Class A state semifinals.
With a victory already against Madonna, the 'Jackets now turn to Valley (Fayette) for their quarterfinal contest. The Greyhounds, from Smithers, W.Va., most definitely will be playing the role of the underdog.
I'm not sure a team which hasn't shown the ability to throw the ball much will pose a serious threat against Williamstown, but the way I've been picking this year in our office gridiron battle — who knows.
The Greyhounds are led by a quarterback in Matt White who has more yards rushing than yards passing. If these Greyhounds are going to leave Williamstown with a victory then it's obvious Robbie Belmont and Corey Tolley, who have combined for more than 2,000 yards rushing this year, will need to have big games.
Of course, it's always fun to try and figure out things on paper, but that's why they play the game.
Despite Valley (Fayette) appearing to pretty much be a one dimensional offense, that sure didn't hurt Oak Glen last week in its upset road win at Roane County.
As hard as it is to believe, Oak Glen completed just one pass against the Raiders and it went for negative 1 yard. That negative 1 yard passing just happened to set a Class AA preliminary round state playoff record that had stood since 1993 when Lincoln passed for just 16 yards against Richwood.
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