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MATTHEW SPARKS: Gobble up these gridiron picks | Sports activities

Let’s speak turkey.

I am not referring to the big quantities of that scrumptious hen you consumed yesterday.

Three space groups stay with a shot on the final prize – a visit to a state championship recreation.

Two groups from Louisville and a bunch from the Valley stand of their approach.

Household and soccer are celebrated through the vacation, and we’re grateful to have each in our lives. Sure, in fact the previous is extra essential, however we now have state semifinals on the menu tonight.

I do love the leftovers. You spend the following few days cramming as a lot meals into your mouth as you may till you may’t have a look at one other piece of turkey or spoonful of mashed potatoes with out making your self sick.

The identical with soccer. You get a plethora of pigskin on your palate to savor this weekend. The remaining are simply appetizers. Tonight, we get the primary course.

Let’s attempt to devour as a lot meals as these picks will maintain till we’re stuffed.

Hope everybody had an exquisite Thanksgiving. Are you prepared for seconds?

State Semifinals Picks

Christian Academy of Louisville 35, Ashland 24. The Tomcats have been on a “roll” over the past two months and arrive in Louisville driving a seven-game profitable streak. Ashland whipped Bell County like a bowl of “mashed potatoes” final week and now look to get their piece of the “(apple, pecan or pumpkin) pie” and get again to a state remaining. The Centurions provide a brand new problem for the guests. Quarterback Cole Hodge has thrown for two,627 yards and 41 touchdowns with solely three interceptions. He is additionally rushed for 606 yards and scored eight instances. The Tomcats keep shut, however CAL’s athleticism and passing recreation prevail.

Raceland 32, Holy Cross 17. The Rams have earned and loved house cooking through the playoffs. Operating again Noah Wallace has appeared as easy as “candy potato casserole” through the postseason and the protection has been handing out the lumps that might resemble my try at “gravy.” Raceland has by no means confronted the Cougars on the gridiron, however they stand solely in one another’s approach to reaching the candy style of a state championship recreation. You may throw on all of the facet dishes you need like “inexperienced beans, corn and broccoli casserole,” however the Rams’ buffet of weapons shall be an excessive amount of for Holy Cross’s plate to carry.

Ironton 37, Valley View 21. The Preventing Tigers have crushed the “stuffing” out of their first 4 postseason opponents to assert one other area title. Some may favor “ham” on this vacation, however Ironton will get a lot of the identical with its physicality on offense and its suffocating protection. The Spartans avenged their solely lack of the season final week after defeating Milton-Union, however now face a very completely different animal. For individuals who made a number of stops and had a number of meals yesterday, Ironton’s evening may look conversant in a number of finish zone visits at Cincinnati Princeton Excessive Faculty. Valley View ought to pack antacids in its luggage as a result of you may solely digest a lot offense earlier than it sours your abdomen.

Do not Set Your Clocks

Attributable to our journey schedule, we is not going to be within the workplace for “Eleventh Hour” tonight. We all know that information is disappointing, however we shall be again in entrance of a digicam quickly. Try our different weekly present “Halftime Prep Discuss” with our company this week, Raceland coach Michael Salmons and senior Conner Hughes, who had been not too long ago named Class A, District 6 Coach and Participant of the Yr, respectively, by the Kentucky Soccer Coaches Affiliation .

Pay attention Up!

Tonight’s radio protection:

Class A

Holy Cross at Raceland:

Class 3A

Ashland at CAL: WBVB 97.1 FM

Ohio Division V

ironton vs. Valley View (at Cincinnati Princeton): WIRO 1230 AM


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