Sunday, October 21, 2012

One wish for Week 10

By the time Saturday rolls around, it looks like the News-Herald area will boast nine, possibly 10, football teams heading to the playoffs. Some have their playoff fate already locked up in some form.

Seeing N-H teams qualify for Week 11 is great regardless of where it happens across our area, but this week, I have one wish that has nothing to do with the playoffs.

There's not much everyone can agree upon with area high school football - and that will never change. But one point perhaps we can all share is a wish of not wanting to see anyone go an entire season winless.

With that in mind, I'm not ashamed to say I hope for good fortune for 0-9 Harvey this week when it travels to Orange.

This wish would extend to any N-H school facing the same situation heading into Week 10, but this one admittedly rings with a little more conviction for me as a Painesville native and 1998 Harvey graduate.

Since 1919, Harvey has never had a winless season. There have been a handful of one-win campaigns, but never one without a single victory.

Orange is 3-6 after a competitive 22-13 loss at Chagrin Falls in Week 9 - there's certainly no shame for the Lions in playing Chagrin that close, and they have been playing better in the second half of 2012.

That means it'll be an uphill battle for sure for the Red Raiders, and admittedly it's going to make it tough to not pick Orange in the Way We See Em this week.

That does not mean, however, I can't hope to be wrong this one time should that be the choice.

So while much of the area rightfully focuses on playoff implication, one game involving an N-H team with little to no effect on anyone's computer points will be on my radar as well.

Chris Lillstrung | @CLillstrungNH


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