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Football Lookahead: Last Week Was Fun, But It’s Back to Business for Park

October 31, 2013
By JIM ELLIOTT , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

There's no question, last week's victory was a big one for Wheeling Park.

''I could honestly say, all of my time with Ron White and Mark (Nardone) and now, this past Friday was probably one of the best Friday nights that Wheeling Park has had,'' coach Chris Daugherty said. ''As far as executing, getting the job done, playing physical, and playing with your head. Steubenville throws a lot at you. Our offensive line did a great job. Our quarterback did a great job.''

The trouble with that is none of it is going to mean a single thing this week when Parkersburg South pays a visit.

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Chase Adams (31), Jake Laing (18), Dalyn Grimm (81) and the Wheeling Park Patriots face Parkersburg South.

It brings to mind something WVU men's basketball coach Bob Huggins said about a nationally televised victory against a top-10 Purdue team a few years ago with Marshall waiting in the wings.

Huggins said if we don't beat Marshall, this means nothing.

The Mountaineers lost to Marshall.

Daugherty was definitely thinking along those lines as he showered off the victory against Big Red and started to prepare for a 2-6 South team that has had its share of struggles.

''If you lose to South, that win doesn't mean a whole lot,'' Daugherty said. ''Eight and two or 7-3 is the exact same whether you lose to Steubenville or you lose to Parkersburg South. No matter who you play (after a game like the Steubenville game), you worry about a little bit of a letdown. It seems like it's a little bit letdown. Without emotion, its amazing how a good team can make themselves very, very average. We can't have that laziness. We're going to have to get right back.

''We talk about faceless opponents. Lets just go out and do what we do - and make sure we do it to the best of our ability. Anytime you beat someone of that caliber, it's a nice weekend but that's all it can be.''

The Patriots (7-1), who moved up to sixth in the latest West Virginia Class AAA playoff ratings, did everything to the best of their ability last week.

At one point, against a team that hadn't lost to a school from W.Va. in 50 years and hadn't lost one to an OVAC foe in better than a decade, Wheeling Park led 35-0.

''If someone would have told me we'd be leading 35-0, I'd have said you're out of your mind,'' Daugherty said.

Now, onto South, which had a runner (Brendan Schwendeman) rush for 410 yards in the season opener but hasn't been nearly that much of a factor since.

Cody Smith scored all four touchdowns against Brooke and Cody Boggs has had some big games as a receiver. On the whole, though, South has struggled. Its two victories are against Ripley (2-6) and John Marshall (3-5) and it has given up more than 40 points in five of its eight games.

''They're big and physical, as usual,'' Daugherty said.''Most teams out there would love to have their size. They spread the ball out a little bit. Give you some kind of wing-T type of looks.

Defensively, they play a 4-4. Their kids do what they're supposed to. It won't be a walkthrough. We'll have to go out and execute. We definitely can't go through the motions.''

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