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The King is Back
August 26, 2013 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
Wait no longer. Ohio Valley prep football is at our doorstep. After whetting our appetites with scrimmages the past 10 days, real football kicks off Thursday night. The McDonald's Football Classic ushers the season in with two games at Wheeling Island Stadium and two more at Robert Kettlewell Stadium in Wintersville. Steubenville Big Red has also opted to debut Thrusday night. The opening night may not offer any nail-biting contests. At Wheeling, Bishop Donahue should easily handle Cameron while Wheeling Central appears more potent than rebuilding Harrison Central. At Wintersville, Madonna is loaded for bear while Beallsville has numbers issues. In the opener, Indian Creek is a cut above Weir. Regardlesss, prep football is back. Junkies can watch two games Thursday, one Friday and two more Saturday. Five games in basically 48 hours is as sweet as it gets. Taking in several scrimmages and taking in many August practice sessions, several things stick with me. Anyone expecting a major dropoff at St. Clairsville, you are off base. With 80 kids on the roster, two major college recruits back and a winning tradition, the Red Devils will do no worse than 7-3. Jose Davis has made Bellaire more than just relevant again. Jose has the Big Reds poised for a big season, although the schedule is a demanding one. Shadyside and Martins Ferry, barring a rash of injuries, are primed for success. The Tigers have scrimmaged bigger foes quite impressively. Monroe Central and success are synonymous. Jay Circosta will overcome the district's financial woes and weave his winning magic once again. Ohio Valley fans may not be treated to the state championship game journey like the one that St. C. took us on a season ago, but King Football is back and for the next three months the valley will be abuzz.
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