Monday, September 15, 2014

weekend review

Firstly, some quick wrap-up deals of the rest of the ACC:

-- In retrospect, betting on ECU should've been the easiest thing in the world to do - VT rolled into a classic letdown game against an opponent that always gives them fits.  Michael Brewer attempted 56 passes, not including sacks, of which there were quite a few.  Tech's pass defense sprung some leaks, as did the hands of their wide receivers.  I don't think it means a lot going forward, except to give us at least one very nice weekend this year.

-- Georgia Tech's defense looks as bad as expected - failure to hold a 35-10 lead against Georgia Southern is a huge red flag.  I'm looking toward that game as one of UVA's most winnable remaining matchups.

-- Wake Forest ran for -25 yards against Utah State.  I'll be surprised if the Deacs win so much as two more games all year.  That is the worst team in recent ACC memory.

-- Holy crap you guys.  Boston College, on the other hand, ran for 452 yards on USC, and held the Trojans to 20.  I feared I had overrated BC somewhat when they lost to Pitt, but if they keep that stuff up they'll give Louisville and Cuse a really hard time for 3rd in the Atlantic.


-- David Teel agrees with me that UVA needs to throw its chips down on Greyson Lambert.

-- So does Andrew Ramspacher of the CDP.  Actually, it'd be news if you could ever find someone these days saying, no, we really need to continue this platoon thing.  A few message board kooks, that's it.  The truly interesting thing there, though, is the special teams stats.  It's early in the year, so there's always that caveat, but then, did you notice it wasn't UVA who lost because of a muffed punt?  Having a dedicated special teams coach who actually knows what he's doing is a major improvement.

-- Continuing that trend, Ian Frye was ACC specialist of the week.  Nice.  Definitely earned it by going 3-for-3 on field goals, none of which were easy chip shots.  (Don't think that 47-yarder would've been a successful 48-yarder, though.)

-- Actually, there is one place that doesn't agree with me on the quarterback thing, and that's the official depth chart, which still has the diabolical OR.  I'm willing to make much less of a deal of that this week, though.  I still have no idea what the hell London thinks about quarterbacks, but this week the benefit of the doubt is granted, and the assumption is that Lambert is basically the guy while the suspicion is that London won't be able to resist tossing Johns in there for a series or two.

-- Another attempt is being made at a Commonwealth Something featuring UVA and VT going at it in all sports, and of course UVA will win this thing because there are other sports besides football.  The men's soccer team struck the first blow last week.  And hey, speaking of which, they'll be on ESPNUVA this Sunday at 12 noon.  The undefeated ladies will be on the same channel the following week (9/28, that is) against FSU.


Senior Seasons - the weekly look at interesting high school results:

Greater Johnstown 36, Bishop McCort 7 - Kareem Gibson picked off a pass and had a 60-yard catch to set up a touchdown.  Johnstown is 3-0.

St. Ignatius (OH) 42, St. Joseph's Prep 34 - Olamide Zacchaeus ran for two touchdowns in the loss.  St. Joseph's is 1-2.

Kettle Run 55, Millbrook 24 - David Eldrige returned a pick for a touchdown and scored another on a 67-yard reception.  Kettle Run is 1-1.

Gonzaga 38, Georgetown Prep 3 - Nick Johns was 10-14 for 159 yards and was pulled early in the blowout win.  Gonzaga is 3-0.

Good Counsel 23, Calvert Hall 0 - Myles Robinson had a quiet night with one rushing yard and 2 catches for 13 yards.  OLGC is 3-0.

Raritan 41, Manasquan 34 (Tanner Cowley) - Manasquan is 0-1.
Wayne 34, Lakota West 29 (C.J. Stalker) - Lakota West is 1-2.
Cathedral Prep 24, McDowell 10 (James Trucilla) - Cathedral Prep is 3-0.
Plymouth-Whitemarsh 35, Norristown 6 (Ryan Bischoff) - P-W is 1-2.
Benjamin Franklin 39, Philadelphia Northeast 20 (Gladimir Paul) - Northeast is 0-3.
South Aiken 35, Glenn Hills 14 (Rasool Clemons) - South Aiken is 1-2.
Friendship Collegiate 52, Woodrow Wilson 44 (Kareem McDonald) - Wilson is 1-2.
Atlee 56, Patrick Henry 0 (Eli Hanback) - Patrick Henry is 0-2.
Western Branch 55, Hickory 14 (Richard Burney) - Hickory is 0-2.
Ocean Lakes 42, Kellam 3 (Jahvoni Simmons) - Ocean Lakes is 2-0.

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