Falcons face decade long task


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The Wheelersburg Pirates and the Minford Falcons clash at Wheelersburg Friday with kickoff scheduled at 7 p.m.


The Mighty Minford Falcons have a tough match this week as they face off against the undefeated Wheelersburg Pirates on Pirate turf. The Falcons are far from having a bad season, with a 5-2 record.

However, one of Minford’s losses this season was last week against Northridge, where the Falcons gave up 39 points. Plus, Burg tends to ruffle the Falcons’ feathers. In previous seasons, Minford has entered the matchup with the Pirates strong, undefeated, and statistically with the advantage and still game out on the losing end of the score. The Falcons have not won a game against the Pirates since further back than 2004.

Minford Coach Jesse Ruby made it clear that the Falcons know what they are up against and have been preparing all week.

“We know they’re a very good team… They wouldn’t be on the field if they weren’t a very good team,” Ruby stated.

Still, Ruby is confident that his team is going to come out fierce.

“We have been learning from our mistakes from last week and working on improving both offensively and defensively,” Ruby commented.

Ruby went on to explain that the Falcons have been working on recognizing formations, lining up properly on defense, knowing their assignments, and preparing for what they will see when they come toe-to-toe with the Pirates.

Ruby stated that he is really proud of his team and believes that they are ready.

“I think we had a great week of practice, and they are really prepared,” he said.

Wheelersburg is coming out of a great game last week in which they stomped the undefeated record of the Waverly Tigers, who they beat 24-13. Following that game, Wheelersburg Coach Rob Woodward explained how that challenging game had really helped the Pirates to grow up and mature with the season. If the Pirates take the talent they have displayed this season and continue to grow through experience, the Falcons are going to have a difficult time staying on top on the game. Fortunately for the Falcons, Minford has overcome difficulty before, pulling out wins no one expected. In order to win this game, the Falcons are going to have to set aside their nerves. With more than a decade of losses against this team, it is easy to get discouraged, but the Falcons need to turn that into determination.

Despite the history between the two teams, Wheelersburg knows that the Falcons can play some serious football. Though they have been preparing hard for the game all week, as of press time,Woodward could not be reached for comment.

The Wheelersburg Pirates and the Minford Falcons clash at Wheelersburg Friday with kickoff scheduled at 7 p.m.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_06-FbWbOH16-671-.jpgThe Wheelersburg Pirates and the Minford Falcons clash at Wheelersburg Friday with kickoff scheduled at 7 p.m.

Nikki Blankenship

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Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1924

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1924

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