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Football Lookahead: Linsly Seniors Look to Go out With 30th Victory of Their Careers

October 31, 2013
By TRACY WATSON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

As usual there will be no postseason for Linsly. However, Coach B.J. Depew's Cadets, as always, will be looking to go out on a winning note at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon when they welcome Cincinnati Landmark Christian to Lockhart Alumni Field.

Linsly is not a member of the WVSSAC and is not eligible to participate in the state playoffs, but it doesn't make Saturday's game any less important, especially for the nine seniors that will be suiting up for their final game on the home sod.

"Winning this game would be real special for me and a senior class that would be picking up its 30th victory in four years," Depew said. "I have not had a senior class win that many games since I have been here and that could put an end to a very successful run.

"Sending these kids out on a positive note will definitely be on my mind. It is also very nice to be finishing the season at home, which is something that we don't get the opportunity to do very often."

While Depew says a sixth consecutive victory and a possible 8-2 finish to the season has been a team effort, offensively he gives a lot of credit to a senior-dominated offensive line and the efforts of senior Jameson Murray in the passing game and junior Chimechi Oparanozie in the rushing attack.

Murray went past the 1,000-yard mark throwing the ball in last week's heart-stopping 43-42 victory against Ohio Division V power Gilmour Academy. Murray has thrown for 1,138 yards, 11 touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Oparanozie has gained 1,066 on the ground and found the end zone 14 times. Sophomore Isaiah Harvin is the team's leading receiver with 19 grabs for 359 yards and five scores.

"That was a huge win for us last week and I am just so proud of the effort these kids put forth," Depew added. "They didn't give up. A lot of teams in the situations we were in might have packed it in, but the kids kept going and were rewarded with a victory."

While Depew admits he really doesn't know much about Cincinnati Landmark Christian, he does know it has three main weapons that are all juniors.

That group consists of quarterback Will Patrick and twins Graham and Zihad Barton, who double as running backs and linebackers.

"Those three are big-time players," Depew said. "We really don't know as much as we normally do about our opponents because there have been some hang-ups with films and such.

"They are also a team that we only have one common opponent, and that is how we came across them. We both play the Columbus Crusaders every year, and we did a little research and found out that they have had some really good teams recently and always give the Crusaders a tough time.

"In that the Columbus Crusaders is normally one of our best games, we figured that this might be a good pickup for us on the schedule. Unfortunately they are having a little bit of a down year at 2-6, so we really don't know how to judge them."

The main objective for Depew is sending his seniors out with that 30th victory. This group finished 8-2 as freshmen, 10-0 as sophomores and 4-6 as juniors.

"Winning is always a good thing, but these kids truly deserve to go out on top with a six-game winning streak, another positive campaign and that 30th win."

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