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SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON Farmers ADVOCATE I I Loses One-Run Games Town's Jackson 71 found the be one run bet- it was when it lost at the West Vir- state base- in Parkers- first game Charleston defeat on Wednesday South Charles- in the winner's lad faced Charles a bye. stopped 4-3, limiting Just five hits in the which had beaten Keyser (twice) title and a tournament, Pitchers in an effort ome South Charleston's nine-hit attack. Keith Holton (Martinsburg High), Brett Twigg (Martins- burg High), Ian Edwards (Hedgesville High), and Wes Kees (Musselman High) all pitched for Charles Town. Holton was the starting pitcher and was given a 1-0 lead after two innings. South Charleston evened the game at 1-1 in the third in- ning and chased Holton in fa- vor of Twigg with a two-run rally in the fourth. South Charleston would never give up the lead. Edwards replaced Twigg in the fifth and held South Charleston scoreless as Charles Town rallied behind his pitching for another run in the seventh. Trailing just 3-2, Charles Town brought Kees in to pitch ih the seventh. South Char|eston took a 4-2 lead in the eighth with another run. In the last of the ninth, Charles Town scored once but couldn't get the game tied. Of Charles Town's five hits, Steve Kozak had a double. The one-run loss to one of the tournament favorites, shoved Charles Town into the loser's bracket in the double elimination tournament. When host Parkersburg de- feated Beckley, Jackson Perks Post 71 faced Beckley in an elimination game. Beckley topped Jackson Perks, 6-5, in 10 innings to eliminate Charles Town in two games. Beckley remained alive in the tournament and extended its record to 2-1, while Charles Town left Parkersburg with a pair of one-run losses and an 0-2 record. County Senior League Three Times in Georgia champion Jeffer- League All- their first game in the Southern Re- Urname~lt being ia when tripped the lo- 10-4 Virginia state Were in the same state winners Carolina, South and Virginia. The with the best the four-state pool to the Southern where play will en- !Cn~flith was the Jef- ng pitcher, but he was unable to silence the South Carolina bats and the locals made several fielding errors behind him. In its second game in the four-team pool, Jefferson County saw its record dip to 0-2 when it was beaten by Virginia, 11-7. The locals had a winless record that would not allow them to have one of the pool's two-best records and advance to the regional semifinals. Virginia outhit Jefferson County and the locals again were guilty of errors afield that led to unearned runs by the "virginia state champions. Jefferson County's final game in pool play was against North Carolina. In its third and final game in its four-team pool, Jefferson County was beaten by North Carolina, 10-3. The loss left the Senior Leaguers with an 0-3 record at the Southern Regional. Jefferson County had lost its two previous games to Vir- ginia and South Carolina. '['he Senior leaguers began their tournament march with a District 6-Area I championship and they followed that title with a District 6 championship that led to the state tourna- ment. At the West Virginia state tournament, Jefferson County stopped South Charleston in the title game, 13-9. Has the Name in their first year in program usu- much notice are named as laave a sing~ Kay- running back ex- an important part and he weighs in at 240. He played two seasons at Garden City Community Col- lege in Kansas before enrolling at WVU this past January. Being in school for what amounts to an extra seven months as compared with other junior college tran, pfers or freshmen should have helped Harris become acclima~th the Rich Rodriguez way of do- ing things. Harris begins the fall round of practices behind Quincy Wil- ~son at running back, but ~s 1,200 rushing yards at Garden City are his ~enfials to date. As soon as he graduated from high school in Florida, Harris signed a professional baseball contract and didn't play football until going off to Kansas. Schedule Miami Maryland leave of the Big East Confer- Wisconsin. ence. with Temple -- In between, WVU has foot- to find an- ball dates with the likes of Mi- both Miami ami, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Tech took their Boston College, and Pitt. # :3 linebaeker Grant WHey could earn All. should he stay healthy this season. WVU's schedule has it pit- ted against five teams ranked in the presoason Top 25. Wisconsin returns the game West Virginia lost at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison last September. The Badgers won only two Big I0 games and lost six, but had an overall 8-6 record and are projected at No. 20. A new starter at quarter- back should make the Badgers more conservative than they would be later in t~he year. Running back Anthony Davis already has all-star cre- dentiais and wide receiver Lee Evans is a player everybody will be watching to see Lfhe can return to his 2001 form. Evans missed all oflast season with a knee injury. Wisconsin's defense has seven ~ back from 2002. It's no wonder this game has been selected by ESPN to be televised on August 30 at noon. Miami will miss the five starting defensive linemen from the team that lost a con- troversial national champion- ship game to Ohio State. But the Hurricanes seem- ingly always have talent that surfaces in wholesale numbers. The names are unimportant in Miami. They all can run. They all have an attitude. They all have natural ability run- ning out their ears. Coach Larry Coker has lest one game in two years. He has experienced starters at both' linebacker and in the second- ary. Miami is picked to finish third in the nation behind only Oklahoma and Ohio State. Virginia Tech lost four games in 2003, including a rare defeat to the Mountaineers. Expecting a team with inex- perienced quarterbacks Marcus Vick and Bryan Randall to finish 10th in the country might be a tad optimis- tic, but if Vick is as gifted as his brother, inexperience won't be much of a deterrent. Tailback Kevin Jones shoul- ders much more of the running load than he did last year. The defense has DeAngelo Come On Out Boys... B m You Might Have To Run By Bob Madison Football is a sport where en- durance, stamina, and a physi- cal presence are needed to be successful. Human nature rebels against the practice and train- ing necessary to attain that needed level of stamina and en- durance to play well. Human nature tends to seek out the easiest route to most goals. Weight training, running sprints, running distances, and agility drills are not the rea- sons why teenagers join foot- ball teams. Sweating, it seems, is not held in the same regard as hearing the cheering following a touchdown. Wheezing and calling on wobbly legs after sprints are not held in the same regard as the band playing and the crowd yelling as the team rushes on the field. It's touchdowns. It's acclaim from fellow students. It's being known in a school that might have 1,500 students. It's a little prestige, a little nod of the head from that girl in English class, a recognition of one's contributions when at the barber shop. Football is generally thought of by the paying public as the most grueling of sports... the toughest on the body.., the one where injury and physical punishment and pain might be close at hand. When high schools play foot- ball, the crowd is near the field. And nearly everybody is an ex- port because they can usually see the ball and they believe the rules are fairly easy to un- derstand. It's just blocking and tack- ling. Isn't it? Experts are everywhere. Football breeds them as fast as they see their first game. Strange as it might seem, football is more than just block- hag and tackling. The blockers must know who to block and how to get there to engage them. The tacklers don't just find the ball carrier, run to where he is, and smash him. While the most physical team has an advantage, it doesn't always win. But being a player with the most endurance and stamina, coupled with some raw ability and some raw intelligence and drive will generally mean that.. It's the first week of practice for the high school players. Those players who did little to physically prepare for the season won't enjoy these humid and hot days of August. They show up with little on their mind except how to es- cape the effects running, doing drills, and conditioning will have on their unprepared body. Ar~ the coaches know some of their prospective players won't be ready for the physical nature of football awaiting them. Reasoning and logic don't faze the player who doesn't want to find within himself the effort to gain stamina or endurance. The coach knows he will have some bodies that didn't stay away from the ice cream and pizza. The coach hopes he can have on his roster enough prepared players that he can all but dis- regard the unconditioned, un- prepared to work, the undisci- plined. The player doesn't really consider his plight. He is on the field. He will shun as much hard work as possible. And, somehow, he thinks the coach will need him and he will play Suppose the coach gathered his players around him just be- fore the first practice and started asking some questions that had obvious answers. "Do football players need to be conditioned to be success- ful?" "Do the players have to be able run without stopping to bend over or hold their sides because they are out of breath?" "If you agree that football players should have enough en- durance to go a few plays with- out being helped off the field, what are the best methods for those players to get a little stamina?" "Is football just about the quarterback and the players who score points?" "If-football is also about blocking for ball carriers, keep- ing pass-rushers off the quar- terback, beating the lineman in front of you and making a tackle for lost yardage, and physically whipping the guy trying to block you, then how do you ever excel at those parts of the game?" "Boys, this field and these practices aren't going to be de- mocracy in action, but I'm go- ing to get your ideas on how we best get ourselves in shape to play this sport." "Can we come out here with- out pads and go through our plays and have the defenders read their keys.., and then be ready to do our best against our schedule?" "All right. Lewis, how do you suggest we best get in shape, have the endurance and stamina, and are best-prepared to play our first game?" "You say do some running? You say do some more running? You say try to execute the fun- damentals we've been shown in blocking and tackling drills? You say do some scrimmaging to find out where we need the most work and which players are our best athletes?" "Then why are there some players who dsa~ want to do these things you suggest, Lewis?" "Why are there some foot- ball 'candidates' who don't want to do the get in shape to play?" "Football isn't easy. . if you are going to win more than you lose." "Football is a sport that re- lies on conditioning. If any player is constantly thinking about how tired he is, he is not going to absorb the techniques and fundamental skills to be a winning player." "Fatigue doesn't win games. Reluctant, out-of-shape players don't win games." Why then would football "candidates" come to a sport knowing they don't want to run .. don't want to give the effort to be in condition.., and don't want to be physically taxed in any way?. Hall, Vincent Fuller, Vegas Robinson, Brandon Manning, Cols Colas, and Nathaniel Adibi.. and the Hokies score bunches of points from plays made by their defense. 'And nobody is safe when punting, trying a field goal or an extra point against Virginia Tech's famous kick blockers that turn games ~n the Hokies' favor in the blink of an eye. Virginia Tech has one of the softest early-season schedules in the history of college foot- ball. Its first four games are at home against Central Florida, James Madison, Texas A&M, and Conneciticut. Then, it plays Rutgers on the road. The West Virginia-Virginia Tech game is on a Wednesday night, October 22 in Morgan- town and will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2. West Virginia defeated Pittsburgh last year. Those who voted on this year's best college teams placed the bewl- winning Panthers in 11th place, just in back of Virginia Tech. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald might be the "nation's most dangerous pass- catcher. Quarterback Rod Ruther- ford is steady enough to help win the close games against the schedule's best teams. Pittsburgh has not found. the ways to beat Miami, but it has had some success against Virginia Tech. The Panthers early sched- ule should make them Mid- American Conference champi- ons since they face Kent State, Ball State, and Toledo before trying any Big East opponent or Notre Dame. Coach Rich Rodriguez is 0-2 in his efforts against Ralph Friedgen and Maryland. Maryland actually humbled West Virginia last year in one of only three regular season losses the Mountaineers had. The Terps are 21-5 in Friedgen's two-years in College Park. That record included a mastering of Tennessee in the Peach Bowl. The preseason poll places Maryland 13th.~ Scott McBrien, the West Vir- ginia transfer, is back at quar- terback and the fragile Bruce Perry returns at tailback. There is a corps of returning starters on both offense andde- lense. Friedgen's tea~ have both matured quickly and neither one made the mistakes to beat itself. Two years ago in College Park, West Virginia had six turnovers and lost by 12 points. Last year, in Morgantown, the Terrapins had an offensive af- ternoon to remember for 40 years -- when relating their salad days to their grandchil- dren. This game hasn't yet been scheduled for television, but should at least be a regional game by the time it is played on September 20. There are only 25 teams ranked in the preseason poll, but West Virginia received enough votes to be a mythical 33rd on that list and Boston College would be 39th. The Eagles were 9-4 overall last year after an 8-4 season in 2001. Once it mundanely runs through a stretch of wins that include Connecticut, Ball State, and Temple, the Eagles must play West Virginia on No- vember 8-- after playing through Syracuse, ~otre Dame, and Pittsburgh (without a week offanywhere) in games on October 18 and 25 and No- vember I. West Vi~ plays Central Florida on November 1, the week before traveling to Chest- nut Hill to meet the Eagles. The harshest Saturdays for WVU will be in the humidity at Miami and in College Park, where "The Fridge", "The Transfer", and "The Terps" will make life difficult again. There are seven games (on assorted days of the week) in Morgantown. And three of those Morgan- town games are with preseason TOp 25 teams. Quarterback Rasheed Marshall probably wtlJ be asked to pass more often this season. West Virginia is coming off a bowl game and a 9-4 season. The Mountaineers oven their 2003 season against Top 20 opponent Wisconsin of the Big 10 conference.