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FOOTBALL LOOKAHEAD: Martins Ferry Not Looking Ahead to Red Devils

October 10, 2012
By JOSH STROPE - Staff Writer ( , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Martins Ferry coach Dave Bruney has been doing this a long time so he knows better than to start thinking about St. Clairsville, the Purple Riders' opponent in two weeks.

Instead the sole focus will be on Edison as Martins Ferry tries to rebound from last week's setback to Indian Creek.

Martins Ferry (5-2) sits at No. 6 in the Ohio Division IV, Region 15 rankings and nothing is assured. Points will be there for the taking in the final two weeks with St. Clairsville and Bellaire on the schedule but they will mean nothing if the Purple Riders can't take care of business this week at home.

''We always practice well,'' Bruney said. ''We are relatively young so we are excited about seeing our kids get better. They work hard. Looking ahead is never a problem for us. We never talk about the game other than the one we have coming up. It sounds cliche, but that is how we do things.''

Edison may be 1-6, but the Wildcats did show some life against St. Clairsville despite missing 12 starters. The Red Devils won, 56-27, but that is better than most teams have done against arguably the best team in the Ohio Valley.

Nolan Marcus threw for 184 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for a score in last Friday's loss.

''They spread the field and run a difficult offense to defend,'' Bruney said. ''They can stretch you horizontally and vertically. The quarterback is a good runner and a good passer.

''We know they have had some problems and we are not close to being healthy. We expect them to give us their best.''

Bruney has been getting good quarterback play from Eric Flowers, who stepped in early in the season for an injured Tyler Strama.

The junior has thrown for 801 yards, completing 65 percent of his passes.

''Eric Flowers has done a very good job,'' Bruney said. ''When you lose a starter early on you don't know what to fully expect. We were working Eric in early, he was taking about a third of the snaps. But he has been able to step in and play above most people's expectations.

''The first thing we ask our players is to take care of their position. Then assume the leadership role and he's done that.''

When Flowers isn't throwing, he has a talented backfield led by Brandon Laughman, Marcus Sutton, and Sean McGee.

The Purple Riders defense has also been stout with two shutouts.

Edison is giving up 35.1 points per game.

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