Out of the gate

04/23/03 Don Yeager Jr.

            Hello loyal readers and welcome to yet another installment of “Out of the Gate”, my weekly column devoted to the 2002 NIFL Champion Ohio Valley Greyhounds.

            Well, we took #19 in a row at home this weekend and now look ahead to this weekend’s Friday night clash against the Fort Wayne Freedom.  Since it’s a Friday game, I can say that Saturday would be a great night to go to Wheeling Jesuit and check out the band Jester who is opening for the Buzz Poets.

            Even though we won big this weekend, I did have a few concerns.  Franzer was not his usual self, passing for only 91 yards and was picked off twice, but still got the job done which is what truly matters.  It would seem that we had a few kinks to work out of our offence, but this was a perfect weekend to do it, since Myrtle Beach was never in contention.  It was also a good time to work in our newest acquisition on the defensive line.  Antonio Dingle is one big dude, and with Marshall’s back still bothering him it was necessary to get somebody ready to fill the gap.  I think this former Green Bay Packer could be just what the doctor ordered.  Right above, Blitz says OV still number 1 picture by Midwave

It was nice to have Chukki Okobi signing autographs.  He seemed like a great guy and I really hope the former Purdue Boilermaker gets some quality playing time this coming season in the Steel City. 

             My biggest problem with Myrtle Beach was two guys on their defense, #91 and #54.  I think if they put as much into their playing as they put into running their mouths they might actually be better than average.  I’d rate them as mediocre right now.  It’s hard to respect a player that gives a D-X style cross chop to a player that he didn’t even tackle.  The Big Uglies showed a lot of self-control and class playing them cleanly.

            I honestly do not think Fort Wayne will give us as much trouble this week as they did last time.  The game will probably be close in the first half, but I believe OV will strike often and early in the second half, putting it out of reach by early in the fourth. 

            Two guys that I was happy to see get intros with the team this past weekend were West Liberty’s Tom Poe and Tommy Kuvalik.  Coming from St. Clairsville, I can remember what Poe used to do to us as a Bellaire Big Red.  “Ku” was a standout at Bishop Donahue that was excellent on the line and could really boot the ball.  On top of that he was a 1,000-point power forward on the hardwood.  I hope to see these two valley products in uniform soon.

            My time is up.  Questions?  Comments?  Suggestions?  E-mail me at:  [email protected]


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