Fresh off the first unanimous decision of the year, the panel struggled this week to come together on who deserved the honors. I don't blame them, there were so many good performances in week four it was hard to choose just one. Some simply replied to the email confidently with a single name, others offered a few names and reasoned their pick with a few paragraphs. When the final votes were counted only one player had multiple votes, the rest had just one.
So who did the panel pick in week four?
I’ve mentioned before how much I not only love college football but the camaraderie and pageantry that accompanies it. Sure, high school football attempts to mimic it to some degree but often falls short. Lines are drawn in instances where we recognize high school players as kids and collegiate football as a business. But football is football and rivalries are rivalries.
Football is a fierce sport; we’re all in agreement there. Summer practices are hot, fall practices are cold, all the games are meaningful, and injury is a high risk. Introducing a twist to ignite a rivalry isn’t always necessary as the nature of the sport is to be menacingly physical within the rules of the game. Words like “attack” and “inflict” are common in scheming dialect by coaches. It’s just a game, sure. But it’s more...
Click on this link: http://tinyurl.com/k3wjs3f at 7pm tonight (not 7:30, SEVEN on the dot) for the matchup between George Wythe and Floyd County. This matchup rarely disappoints. Since becomeing staples of each other's regular season schedule in 2007, these two teams have battled to two 1 point margins and no margin greater than 12 points. Last year, in fact, Floyd County delivered the Maroons their only defeat with a 28-24 loss at Pendleton. George Wythe went on to win the Division 2 Group A State Championship and finish their season 14-1. Floyd Finished the year 7-4 with a first round loss to Riverheads by a lopsided 63-20 score. Carrying over from last year, it appears that when Floyd County loses, boy do they lose. Last year in losses they gave up 35, 45, 63, and 63 points respectively. This year the Buffs are 1-2 so far with losses allowing 55 and 35 to Carroll County and Galax respectively.
George Wythe hasn't lit up the scoreboard this year as they did last year but they still have the potential to score on any play with the speed they have in Skeens, Onks, and Phillips. Floyd County appears to have taken a step back this season, but if history serves as any indicator, you can never count Floyd County out of a big game.
These two teams have met 9 times since 1990, the first matchup in that time being a 1999 playoff game. There have been 3 playoff meetings between the teams, and the Buffaloes have come out on top 2 of those times. They've had six regular season meetings, which is tied 3-3.
Floyd County Buffaloes
Coach: Winfred Beale
2012: 7-4, First round playoff loss to Riverheads, 20-63
Last game: 38-8 Win vs Patrick County
Next Game: 9/27, Blacksburg
George Wythe Maroons
Coach: H.S. Ingo
2012: 14-1, Group A Div 2 State Champs
Last Game: 27-20 Win vs Marion
Next Game: 9/27, at Tazewell
The past few days have been rough. I'm sick *sneeze*. The site has been on the fritz thanks to the server change. And because of all that, I'm late on posting the Player of the Week for this week.
The panel voted unanimous for the first time this year. This week's player of the week is....