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Weekend Wrap: Four of 7 new coaches win debuts

August 31, 2009
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The first weekend of high school football season in the books and it was as unpredictable as ever.

At least on our part.

The sports staff's weekly predictions were columns filled with crossed-out mistakes.

Retired sports editors Nick Bedway and Doug Huff showed they still had it, leading the way with a record of 22-15. The current staff, well, better luck next week.

Seven new coaches patrolled the sideline at their respective schools with four taking home opening-week victories -Tom Bruney (Brooke) Tom Taylor (Weir), Chris Daugherty (Wheeling Park), and Mark Archer (East Liverpool).

Bruney's Brooke Bruins might have pulled off one of the week's biggest surprises with a dramatic victory against traditional state power Parkersburg in an offensive shootout that featured 851 yards of total offense.

Daugherty unveiled his triple-option and it worked almost too perfect as the Patriots scored on the first play from scrimmage only to have it called back because the refs lost sight of the ball. Quarterback Marcus George didn't let it get to him as he kept plugging away in racking up 142 yards and two touchdowns to defeat Morgantown on the road.

Despite massive losses from last season's playoff team, Taylor and the Red Riders posted a shutout of Petersburg on Saturday at Jimmy Carey Stadium.

Finally, fans in East Liverpool can crack a smile. After last season's controversial finish, Archer led the Potters to victory against rival Beaver Local.

Jose Davis (Bellaire), Mark Holenka (Shadyside) and Ty Sichina (Buckeye Trail) will get their chances next week to earn their first victories.

While there were some surprises, the norm stayed the same in a few places.

Steubenville pushed its regular-season winning streak to 61 with a 43-20 rout of Indian Creek and Wheeling Central looks poised to make another playoff push after manhandling Holy Trinity, 56-27.

Magnolia also looks ready to make another run at the state championship, using the motivation from last season's title game defeat to hand Tolsia a 61-0 drubbing.

So what has been learned after Week 1 of high school football? Well, nothing really. But that's the joy of the game. So take in the Friday Night Lights or even this weekend's Rally in the Valley at Wheeling Island Stadium because you never know what to expect.

Yes folks, football is back.

Ground Gainers

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Good Hands Team

Mr. Everything

Wrecking Crew

(Weekend wrap includes only teams that submitted stats via e-mail or phone call Sunday).

 
 

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