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  1. Good point! Too bad the current AD didn’t bring any of the winning ways from the school he came from.
  2. I couldn’t agree more. The football heads in Bristol were ecstatic when he came back for a second time, to set the program up for his son to take over. An unfortunate incident with a well connected player, caused Wheeler to be run out of town. I was very disappointed, as my son was in elementary school when Wheeler came back and I had hoped he would get the chance to play for him or his son. It wasn’t meant to be, I guess.
  3. Unfortunately for Bearcat fans, you’re off base here. You can’t compare VHS and Tazewell. VHS is not that young. Four of their top players, all skill players, are either freshmen or sophomores. Their linemen, which is the team’s glaring weakness(outside of the head coach), are all upperclassmen. There are no big bodies behind those upperclassmen, to take their place next year, or they would already be playing, to take their lumps with the young skills. @FoxTrot hit the nail on the head. I can personally vouch for VHS football over the last 30+ years. Outside of the tenures of Paul Wheeler and Mike Locke (a Wheeler disciple) VHS has had over a century of mediocrity. Mostly, because Bristol always has been, and always will be, a baseball town. It really is as simple as that. The school and the community just doesn’t care about football, like they do baseball. Until another Wheeler or Locke type comes in, with not only the testicular fortitude to buck the system, but also with a good football IQ and the ability to actually care about more than themselves, VHS will stay mired in this century-long trip of being average......period.
  4. I think they returned like 8 starters from last year. I know they lost a player that’s playing defense in the Big 10 now, but as impactful as Cam could be on defense last year, he was even more impactful on offense. Their defense was so good later in the season, Cam didn’t have to be “The Guy” on that side of the ball. To me, if they stay healthy, Graham’s defense may rival the defense of Appomattox in 2016, which I saw in person, by season’s end. They. Are. Nasty.
  5. Out of respect for the fact that you make the rules around here, I will leave the discussion with this. Nothing I stated had anything to do with “facts”. I have no recorded numbers to turn this into a “facts” discussion. It’s been my opinion from the beginning. Time will tell if anyone Graham faces the rest of the way, has more team speed than Tazewell. This is my final statement on the matter. No disrespect intended, but if this gets me in trouble here, then so be it. We have a difference of opinion.
  6. You guys may have the only defense on the rest of their regular season schedule that can keep the team in it. Their defense is just crazy good lol
  7. Do you have some bone to pick with me? I know this is your site, but for years I’ve given you credit for being smarter than this. I said they were fast. I’ve also said numerous times that Graham would win the game. How hard is that to understand? By the way, yes, Graham should have an easy road the rest of the way.
  8. Pulaski Co. Abingdon Grayson Co. George Wythe Giles Central Battle Ridgeview Graham Narrows Galax Grundy Honaker Hurley Twin Valley Patrick Henry Holston Rural Retreat Bluefield Virginia Boise St. Virginia Tech West Virginia Clemson Tennessee LSU North Carolina Cleveland Washington Kansas City Los Angeles Chargers New England G(s)otW Union - 53 JI Burton - 64
  9. That’s exactly why I pick Graham to win the game. The push that Graham’s defense can provide, may be too much for any offensive line in our region to handle.
  10. I knew about and mentioned Bluefield’s QB and RB and their massive O-line. I did not know about House. But, like you used the word “likely”, I used “may be”. My meaning was not certain, but there’s a good chance. Lester is probably a bit faster than anyone for Tazewell too, but not by much. I could be wrong, but I don’t believe any of these boys have the elite speed that, say, Cooke had for Graham, 2 years ago. I’m talking elite, 4.3 speed. Lester, Harris, and Jordan are all really fast. The Dawg’s new QB looked like he could fly as well. My whole point was that Tazewell has a lot of speed on their offense. I’ve stated more than once, that even though that speed puts Tazewell back into the upper echelon of teams in Region D, Graham is still in a league of their own, overall, in the region. My initial post that @GMan quoted, was talking about the offenses that Graham will face this season. Bluefield may very well have more team speed, but when you have everything else that program has, all aspects of the team are magnified, immeasurably. The kids that will be responsible for the overwhelming majority of offensive touches for Tazewell have a lot of speed. That’s all my post meant. I didn’t forget anyone, nor am I trying to slight anyone. That’s the only meaning.
  11. Nope. I didn’t forget. I stand by what I said. What/who gives Bluefield more overall offensive speed? I know they have a mammoth O-line. I know their RB and QB are really, really good. I admit that you have more knowledge about Bluefield than I do, and I may be wrong, but Tazewell has a ton of speed. They don’t have the size that Bluefield has, or the long tenured head coach, or the state championship pedigree. I’m not saying Tazewell is even near the same league, overall, as Bluefield. I’m just saying that Tazewell may be the fastest offense Graham sees, with Harris, Jordan, and the new QB. Again, this is not a talent comparison on my part. Bluefield is without a doubt, the class of our coverage area. I’m just talking about strictly speed from the starting skills. I don’t even mean that the speed gives Tazewell an advantage this Friday. Lord Botetourt proved against Bluefield last year, that a speed advantage doesn’t always produce a win.
  12. I agree. I don’t see 5 TDs either, but I have watched both Lester and Harris for years, with an outside perspective. They are close in speed, but Harris already squats almost 600 lbs, and power cleans well over 300 lbs. I’ve seen the videos. He is crazy strong. He can break tackles as well. I’m not taking away from Lester. I’ve also seen videos of him working out. He has strength as well. He’s a heck of a football player. He’s one of the top 2-3 guys in our region. I could be wrong, but I just don’t see him being able to duplicate what Cam did for the G-Men offense. That’s not a slight, because Cam’s season was an all-time great season, last year. The thing is, in my opinion, Harris may not even be the fastest kid on Tazewell’s team. The Jordan kid can straight up fly. He didn’t get many touches against VHS the other night, because they didn’t need him to. Harris, and the new “X-factor” for Tazewell, their new QB, did most of the damage with the read option. This QB has wheels too, as well as looking very athletic. Lester may very well be the fastest player on either team, but Tazewell has more team speed on their offense this year. With all of this said, Graham’s defense is the class of Region D. Tazewell’s defense is improved from last year, but nowhere near the level of Graham’s. This may be the fastest offense Graham faces all year, but the G-Men defense is why I feel they will run the table for the rest of the regular season. To me, Graham is the overwhelming favorite to repeat as Region D champion. Tazewell has enough team speed to be in the mix for being mentioned as the second best team in the region, along with Ridgeview and maybe one or two others.
  13. Tazewell has plenty of speed to go around on offense, to score points against anyone on their schedule, including Graham and Bluefield. With that said, even though their defense is improved from last year, they still missed too many tackles against VHS on Friday Night. Missing tackles against Graham would be disastrous. As interesting as an upset would make things in our region, I believe Graham’s defense will make enough stops to win this one.
  14. U - G - L - Y, we don’t need no alibi, ‘‘twas UGLY. Yeah, yeah, ‘twas UGLY! Bring on baseball season! Lol
  15. I hate to say it, but JSB ends the Bearcats’ 5 game winning streak in the series. The Trojans kept it close last year, and looked like they may pull the upset, but adjustments were finally made in the Bearcat offensive play calling in the 2nd half. The two scores for the Bearcats on Friday night were on plays that were mirror images of each other. The #1 WR for VHS got behind the Tazewell defense for long TD passes, in a run heavy, Wing-T offense. Tazewell’s defense is improved from last year, but still missed a lot of tackles. I believe JSB’s defense is a level above Tazewell’s. I think the Bearcats’ running game will struggle even more than the other night. The Bearcat defense struggled worse than the offense. Their best player on defense Friday night was a freshman OLB. Now, Battle doesn’t have near the speed that Tazewell does on offense, but they do have some good athletes on that side of the ball. The jury is still out on how the new JSB coach can make necessary adjustments against teams not named Abingdon. I don’t count that game, because I don’t believe Abingdon will lose to a 2A team this year. If this new coach does as good a job as coach Stone used to, Battle could win this one big.
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