This is one of Greenup Co's Backyard Brawls (the other being with Russell). The Rams manhandled the Musketeers 42-6 last year behind a strong game from Marcus Reed. Reed has graduated, but Daylin Beach & Zac Litteral are no churning out the ground game for the Rams.
September 7, 2012
AARON SNYDER: When it's a rivalry, who knows?
ASHLAND â€” Rivalry games are always the hardest to predict.
On paper, there may be a clear favorite.
On the field, a different story may emerge.
Whenever two teams that donâ€™t particularly care for one another line up on opposite sides, itâ€™s not always the â€œbetterâ€?team that wins.
The most suitable question is, who will be the better team on Friday night?
Favorite Ashland or underdog Russell?
Favorite Raceland or underdog Greenup County?
If you check out our staff picks every Thursday, you noticed that it was a clean sweep for Ashland and Raceland.
But that was also the case for Prestonsburg and Johnson Central last week, and Lawrence County and Knox Central made us pay. Good for them!
The QB (thatâ€™s me for those who donâ€™t read on Mondays) is currently four games back of the Swami (you know him).
Itâ€™s statement time for yours truly. In the coming weeks, weâ€™ll see if I?have what it takes to create another rivalry right here.
Maybe I can pull a Red Beaulieu (The Waterboy) and get my paws on Mister Coach Kleinâ€™s (Swamiâ€™s) treasured green playbook.
Ashland 35, Russell 17: Itâ€™s a matter of the battle up front, and I just see Ashland wearing down the Red Devils by midway third quarter. Expect a tight first half, with the Tomcatsâ€™ defenders again coming up second-half heroes.
Bath County 16, East Carter 13: East Carter tastes victory as it holds a fourth-quarter lead, but Bath County snatches it away in the final minutes.
Ironton 40, Gallia Academy 14: Electrifying offense hits on all cylinders again for Fighting Tigers.
Jenkins 14, Paintsville 7: Your guess is as good as mine.
Perry County Central 33, Lawrence County 18: Perry County Central lost by three to Prestonsburg, and Lawrence beat the Blackcats by a point. But you canâ€™t always go by that. Maybe Iâ€™m not giving Dawgs enough credit.
Powell County 21, Lewis County 20: Lions definitely have a chance here, as both teams have struggled, but Powell County wins a barnburner.
Raceland 41, Greenup County 8: Racelandâ€™s a hot team right now. Greenup County is a bit beat up, and while itâ€™s a rivalry matchup and the Musketeers are coming off a week of rest, the Rams should roll.