A few things occur to me after watching the Horde take out C-Town this weekend.
One, having a kicker in high school is deadly. Mr. Hahn, it’s too bad he’s not blond so we could call him Goldie (Hawn) Hahn but enough of that. If not for some first time out nerves Granville wins in regulation 7-6 or 9-6 or in overtime by the same score. This freshman’s got a nifty foot and it will begin to produce with a little game experience.
Two, there is no panic in this team. Corinth kids could be heard from the end zone squabbling a bit as Granville pushed them around in the fourth quarter and OT. Granville is business-like in their approach and I like. ‘Act like you been there’ someone once said and that just seems like another part of a team with a workmanlike attitude towards winning football games.
Three, watch out for this team when the line play solidifies. With better pass protection Jamie Hicks has weapons streaking down the field –pick you cliché - I like ‘speed kills’ – other teams, that is. DJ Campbell was inches from two long touchdowns Saturday both balls that came painfully close to being caught. And he’s not the biggest or the fastest.
Other points of interest. Granville doesn’t seem to have taken any injuries out of the game. Although J.O. went down I’m pretty sure that was cramping.
Granville was getting beat on the line for part of the game Saturday. Fans of the Horde do not want to see this team try to come from behind each week. The Class C North has teams Granville will have to get out in front of and work hard to stay there the Schuylerville’s and Cambridge’s of the league.
Boys soccer. I saw the score but did not see the game as the Horde racked up Poultney. Not sure what this means for the season as it was non-league against a school with a soccer tradition that is unknown to me.
It’s all breaking loose starting today, Sept. 8. So get out there and support the hometown kids even if you don’t think you like sports or you’re bored with the same old thing – try something new.
If you’re looking for a real challenge as a spectator try field hockey. Unless you’ve played it’s hard to figure out why they blow the whistles so much. With lots of action this is a sport that is fun and exciting even when you don’t quite know what’s going on.
With 8 varsity sports there is plenty to see, pretty much every day of the week.