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Jets Taking Flight
September 2, 2013 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
WEEK ONE of Ohio Valley prep football is in the books. Two things resonate for me as we near another weekend of games. First, I was stunned that Union Local bested Monroe Central. Second was the bogus two-point conversion ruling that cost Harrison Central a potential win against Wheeling Central. There were other stick-out moments, such as Steubenville Central dropping double nickels on Bellaire; Bridgeport's comeback against Columbiana and the realization that Madonna is as good as its press clippings. BRUCE STILES could not have made a bigger impact as first-year Jets' head coach than traveling to Woodsfield to knock off a perennial power in Monroe Central. The former UL and Salem College grid standout took over a program that went 2-28 in the previous three years. He also inherited a roster void of some of the talented he expected to return. Few, if anyone, outside the Jets' camp expected a win versus Monroe Central. Such a victory does wonder for the UL psyche. Making matters even sweeter in Jetland is that Stiles' charges will be favored to go 2-0 as they visit Buckeye Local Friday night. MY HEART goes out to Harrison Central Coach Justin Kropka and his gutty gridders. They, like UL, were given little chance in their opener against highly regarded Wheeling Central in the McDonald's Kickoff Weekend Classic. Not only did they compete well, but an obvious two-point conversion was ruled no good, leaving the Huskies on the short-end of a controversial 7-6 reading. TV replays and a Times Leader photo prove otherwise. One blown-call may make the difference from success or a losing season for the rebuilding Huskies. Kropka, to his credit, handled the situation with class. MEANWHILE, anyone who thought Martins Ferry was playing one of those inter-city Pittsburgh creampuffs were off base big-time. Allderdice featured speedy playmakers with good size and quality coaching. The team and staff were class acts. Look for Allderdice to beat Brooke this week. Martins Ferry, meanwhile, has a running stable that is going to give foes fits all year. The Purple crunched their way to some 370 infantry yards. That is getting it don on the ground. My upset pick for this week: River to upend Bishop Donahue.
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