The Player of the Week segment returns with a fresh-faced panel in 2015! This past week concluded with four Hogo teams celebrating victories and plenty of athletes who were solid no matter the outcome.
Word on the street is that Patrick Henry's Dakota Humphrey put in some work against Castlewood; however, no stats were called in or made available. Sorry, Dakota. Over in Chilhowie, junior Hurricane tialback Ryan Marston fronted much of the load for Marion's ground game in a narrow defeat to their cross county rival. Hurricane quarterback Austin Wyatt had big shoes to fill of the graduated Hunter Lefler but did just fine in his debut despite the loss. Wyatt connected on 16 of 27 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, Chilhowie's first year quarterback Alex Delp connected on just 5 of 12 passes but all three went for touchdowns. Up in Wytheville, the Maroons could not put a stop to the rowdy-Radford Bobcats from further up 81 but Rashad Wells and Tyler Hardin represented their school well in the losing effort. Wells churned out 171 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns while Hardin carried the ball 11 times for 111 yards and one touchdown. No Blake Olinger in 2015 for the Panthers but running back Austin Tedder scored two touchdowns against Twin Springs over in Saltville. Just south of Wytheville, in Rural Retreat, Tanner Cox and Jared Richardson propelled the Indians to a whopping shutout over cross-county rival Fort Chiswell. Richardson scored one touchdown and ran 124 yards on 21 carries. Cox hauled in a pass for a touchdown and returned a Fort Chiswell pass for a touchdown. So, who won already!?
Trey Skeens scores touchdown against Northwood in soggy Monday night game. (Earl Neikirk, Bristol Herald Courier)
(Photo privilege Jim Sacco - Bristol Herald Courier)
George Wythe's head football coach Brandon Harner was kind enough to give us an interview here early in the year. Coaches are busy people and we're always excited when they want to give us an opportunity to dig a little deeper. We wanted to know about the new and improved schedule, how George Wythe could rebound after graduation, and how Coach Harner's second season will measure to his first.
HOGO: Last year’s team got off to a slow 0-3 start against Radford, Fort Chiswell, and Marion. You open 2015 with those same three teams, how do you get off to a better start this year?
When: Saturday, December 5, 2009
Where: Emory & Henry's Fred Selfe Stadium - Emory, VA
Billboard 100 Top #1 Hit: Empire State of Mind - Jay-z and Alicia Keys
The Hype: This article will evoke many mixed emotions from Holston's die-hard fans who were around to support their team nearly six years ago. On one hand, it's a call-back to better times when Holston was not just competitive in the district but dominated Region C's Division I for a stint of years. On the other, nothing hurts worse than coming as close to competing in a state championship as they did in 2009.
Holston's Cavaliers were 11-1 and playing football in early December yet again. Just one year previous, in 2008, the Cavs took a long trip over to Clintwood for a rare 13th game of the year. It was an even longer trip home as the now defunct Greenwave dismantled the Cavs in a 41-21 victory. But this was a year later and many of those same Cavalier players still walked the halls of Holston High School and still graced the playing field for up-and-coming coach Jason Matlock.
Bristol Herald Courier, 12/3/2009 (Article - Tim Hayes; Photo in snapshot- Andre Teague)
If you joined us last week for the online broadcast, we surely do appreciate it! It's also good to note that myself and Andy Blevins were just fill-ins. Our real on-air talent is still doing Appalachian League baseball and will be joining us soon! (We hope!) Also, if you like what we do and want to help us, we could use sponsors. Keep that in mind if you know any local business owners who share a passion for high school football. That could really help us out. Currently, to extend past this coming week, we'll need some assistance.
Player of the Week articles will be coming later this week but before we look backward to last week, let's go ahead and look forward to this Friday! It's the Week 2 Slate and Fun Facts edition brought to you by: Carter's Pharmacy in Saltville. Thanks Carter's Pharmacy!
Hogo GameDay hopes to broadcast the play-by-play for this one live on Friday night! Here's a smart idea: Bring your phone and some headphones to the game you're going to and watch that game WHILE you listen to this one. Smart, eh? Or, don't want to leave the house? No problem, just go here and listen. spreaker.com/user/hogonetwork We'll be there waiting for ya! (Once we get permission from Marion of course...)
(Not sure about 2015 yet!)
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