This past weekend is traditionally known as Super Bowl weekend. It marks the last chance to catch a football game until next fall while crowning a champion.
On the high school side it also brought about round two of the cross-town rivalry in Harrison County.
On Saturday evening Bridgeport claimed a sweep over Robert C. Byrd 64-57 at One Eagle Way in Clarksburg. The Indians went into the affair with a perfect 13-0 record and a #2 ranking in Class AA. The Flying Eagles had put together a nice run going 7-1 in their last eight games and were ranked #5 in Class AA. The lockup drew plenty of attention from area fans, as a near capacity crowd was on hand to witness what turned out to be an entertaining game.
Bridgeport’s defense held the Flying Eagles to nine points in each of the first three quarters while owning a 45-27 lead heading into the final period of play. Robert C. Byrd would retaliate with a tenacious trapping defense that forced multiple Tribe turnovers. A thirty-point outburst by the hosts made it a game but the Indians held on for the win.
Bridgeport placed four players in double figure scoring led by John Wilfong’s 23 points. Wilfong recorded a double double as he hauled down a game high 10 caroms. Donald Kummer had 10 points and a game high 8 assists. Chase Robey and Dante Bonamico chipped in with 11 points in the victory. Luke Dyer’s 18 points, half of those coming on three trifectas, paced the Flying Eagles. Justin Noble had 15 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts.
The good news for fans is that this year’s series might have two more match ups. These squads could potentially meet in the sections and quite possibly the state tournament depending on how things shake out.
The Lincoln Cougars have put together an impressive season themselves and earned a 74-65 win over Frankfort this past Saturday. The Falcons are the team to beat in the opposing sectional and have already suffered losses to Bridgeport and Robert C. Byrd.
The Super Bowl drew slightly more fans (70, 288 to be exact) and brought its own form of excitement. New England’s 28-24 win was one of the best in history.
A fourth championship is impressive for the Patriots but there are many purists that feel that their reputation is tarnished. First, Spygate and then most recently Deflategate have drawn questions about their character. New England’s performance on the field was without question impressive. They became the first team in history to rally from ten points down in the second half.
However, when you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar not once but twice it casts a dark shadow over the entire organization. The question is if you have been had twice then how many other times have you broken the rules and not been caught? I know that there is no proof that the Champs did anything wrong but Brady’s words at his press conference just after the incident make you wonder. He made reference to the fact that nothing had been done concerning the footballs that other teams weren’t doing as well. It sounded like a mini form of confession. The truth may never be known but one thing is for sure – the New England Patriots are World Champions.
That will do it for now. Until next week…take care and God Bless!