Photo: Courtesy of the Bristol Herald Courier
"Panelin' ain't easy" one panel member responded this week. After a Friday that brought several fans from around the way some tremendous ups and downs, there were only a small handful of notable stat lines.
After a rainy evening that happened to delay the pregame show (sorry about that), the show went on as did our beloved Hogo teams. Speaking in terms of teams as a whole, Chilhowie jumped in front of JI Burton and never looked back. The Warriors showcased a stronger defense against the Raiders in week 2 versus their effort in the opener against Marion and it paid dividends in a 27-12 victory over the Norton boys. In Rural Retreat, runningback fastball Nolan Ryan charged through the Bears for five rushing touchdowns to earn his Indians their first win of the season. Speaking of those ups and downs mentioned before, Twin Springs took control of Holston and was ahead by 28 at one point in the game but the Cavs sprung to life and closed the defecit, albeit too late. More ups and downs in Wytheville as the boys in Maroon jumped ahead 14-0 early over rival Fort Chiswell before giving up 28 unanswered and yet again witnessing their cross county rivals become the Wythe County champs.
However, the ultimate rollercoaster of emotions took place in Saltville on Friday night. Shortly after the Panthers had pulled off one of the biggest upsets in program history, emergency medical responders were called to the scene due to the collapse of a pair of Panthers' father. Suddenly, what moments ago was a monumentous and unforgettable night for the Panther program became an unforgetabble night for a completely different and unfortunate reason. On my way back to Christiansburg, I received word that the father had passed away. It was deeply saddening news. Shocking and saddening.
It's uncharted territory for me while here on this site. I'm no wordsmith but I've tried to carefully craft the next few sentences. I struggled with whether to even bring it up but it weighed on my mind all week. On Twitter, folks were saying the kinds of things people say when a loved one is lost. All I could say on behalf of Hogoheegee.com was that I had a heavy heart. I did. I didn't know the gentleman and I don't know the boys outside of witnessing their tremendous efforts on Friday night. But I know fathers, and I know sons, and I know families. I'm not even sure if it's okay to mention the family's names here, so I won't. But I bring it up because the site is supposed to be supportive of our local athletes and a way for our communities to come together and get the spotlight that it doesn't always receive elsewhere. While this isn't necessarily the spotlight that any community or school would hope for, its worth mentioning that the way the Northwood community responded suddenly to what transpired and did what was necessary for the sons at the time was impressive. Aside from the medical personnel at the scene, no one else is really trained to deal with these things. But the folks in Saltville were on it.
Because of the pregame show setup, I was parked essentially in the crowd of onlookers, very close to the home locker rooms. While at first I was confused to what was actually happening or had happened, as I stood there I saw firsthand the support group of teammates, coaches, former players, and citizens spring into action for the two boys. While I will still name a player of the week for efforts on the football field, I think a tip of the cap to Northwood as a whole (that includes the communities at large), for not only having to deal with tragedy but to respond to it in such a courageous and compassionate way deserves mention. We here at Hogoheegee.com and the GameDay crew wish the best for the surviving family as well as to the team and community there to support them.
Before we get back to football talk, I'd like to say whether you're a student who reads this site, a coach, or a parent - go hug a loved one. After I left the field Friday, with the aftermath of events weighing heavy on my mind and heart, I went straight to my parents, woke them up at 11 and gave them each a hug. You just never know.
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Photo by Sarah Sturgill, Hogoheegee.com
The panel had to blow the dust off their podiums and get back to making decisions about who is the most deserving of the Player of the Week honors brought forth by this website each week of the football season. There were plenty of outstanding performances this past opening Friday from all the way out in Rye Cove to all the way up to Radford. Who did the panel pick this week?
Welcome to a new "maybe weekly" column exclusive to Hogoheegee.com where statistics are looked at in a wholly different way. Today, I'm calling it "Tuesday Statistics" but that is admittedly pretty lame. Tuestistics? Statuesday? I'll think about it. Basically, I pick one interesting thing that involves numbers, plug it into some statistics software and then see how it becomes represented visually. This week I was interested in HOLSTON and how they have fared in the last ten years offensively depending on the size of school they played. After Friday's unprecedented 72 to 62 loss to Rye Cove, I couldn't help but think that maybe there's a trend to scoring output based on the size of the school Holston plays. Let's take a look and find out!
First, I wanted to know how many points does Holston typically score against teams with less than 300 students versus teams with more than 300 students. The chart below shows the trends over the last ten years. You see the red dot just above 60 in the loss column? That was Rye Cove on Friday night. We call that an outlier. See kids? Now you're learning stuff. In general, the chart below (which is a scatter plot with a fitted line) shows that in the last ten years Holston has had success scoring points against schools with 300 or more students. The blue point in the win column at around 2011 is an outlier as well and is pulling the blue line upward. Without that point, the blue line trend would more closely mirror the red line. That blue dot up around 60 in the win column was from a 62-21 victory over Patrick Henry in what ended up being just a 3 win season for the Cavs. Now you see, this chart does not represent the success of Holston's seasons over this span, just how they've fared offensively, or should I say, at scoring points as not all points are scored on offense. (Keep reading)
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Remember, this Friday at 5pm to visit HogoGameDay.com to watch the pre-game show airing live from Marion Senior High School. The show will last an hour and include interviews of coaches as well as a surprise guest at the end. We would like to remind you to bear with us as this is our first attempt at this. We can only hope it goes as smoothly as we've invisioned. Catch us Live at Five on Friday to kick off the Hogoheegee New Year!