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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Two Outta Three Aint Bad

Well it was a fantastic weekend of football, starting with Virginia Tech's dominating 30-10 win over Boston College. The Hokies didn't put up as many points as they could have, but they simply manhandled a very, very good BC squad. After watching Georgia lose and Texas struggle against a gawd-awful Oklahoma State team, the Hokies had better gain some ground in the BCS this week or someone needs to appoint an independent counsel. By the way, Okie State's only victories this season are against Montana State, Florida Atlantic and Arkansas State. Not exactly an impressive slate. With the sorry level of competition in the Big XII this year, I maintain that an unbeaten Virginia Tech team would eventually leapfrog an unbeaten Texas team into the BCS.

On Friday, it was a classic high school football backyard rumble in Salem as the unbeaten Cave Spring Knights faced off against the unbeaten Salem Spartans in a River Ridge conference clash. The Knights of southwest Roanoke County fought valiantly holding a high-powered Salem attack to a mere 7 points. After generating very little offense throughout the game, Cave Spring switched to a shotgun formation on the game's final series, resulting an 85 yard drive down the field for a touchdown. Instead of playing for OT, the Knights tried to seize the opportunity to defeat Salem by going for a two-point conversion. Cave Spring QB Danny Aiken appeared to knock over the pylon with the ball for the deuce, but the referees ruled that the ball had not broken the plane, giving the Evil Empire a 7-6 victory.

Finally, this afternoon offered another hard-fought conference match-up when Bridgewater College traveled 50 miles down I-81 to face the Washington & Lee Generals in Lexington. Surprisingly, the game between two of the ODAC's top offenses turned into a defensive struggle, with the Eagles coming out on top, 17-13. It was a wacky game that started with a Bridgewater turnover, resulting in a quick W&L touchdown, immediately followed by a blocked PAT returned for two points by the Eagles. In all, BC blocked three kicks and picked off four passes, but had trouble generating much offense, particularly after starting QB Jacob Lewis (a Cave Spring graduate) was knocked out of the game. In the absence of their usual offensive fireworks, Bridgewater's defense persevered and, in the process, the Eagles clinched their 5th consecutive ODAC title and 6th consecutive NCAA D-III playoff berth. It is an impressive streak for which Eagles coach Mike Clark and his staff don't get nearly enough credit.

Although I have no voice left after three straight days of screaming "Defense" and "Let's Go, Hokies/Knights/Eagles" at the top of my lungs, I can say this much, "Boy, do I love football."


Blogger Old Zach said...

I just wanted to add a postscript about Cave Spring TE David Redick. Yep, Redick is the brother of Duke's J.J. Redick and the kid is a beast. He looked like a man amongst boys on that field Friday night. The kid is quite an athlete.

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