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All the marbles are in the ring

It’s for all the marbles. The big bag, and that includes the cats eyes too, you know, the prettiest ones in the bag.
It’s Salem vs. Pulaski County, and we’ve been here before. These two prep football strongholds have met on the gridiron numerous times with everything at stake. Without question, these are the two strongest and most respected football programs in Region Four.
The Spartans enter the game 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the River Ridge District. The only loss came to undefeated and top ranked Division 3 school Brookville.
Pulaski County is 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the RRD, and the only school that has come close to knocking off the Cougars was Jefferson-Forest and the margin that time was 10-7.
Fans like to argue about which team is the favorite and stuff like that, but in this series, it really doesn’t matter. There have been streaks and a few surprises, but the Cougars and Spartans have been the dominant football programs in this region for the past 30-plus years, and the series between the two schools is locked up at 16-16.
Salem is the defending RRD champion, and it has won four straight league titles, and three of the last four Region 4 titles, and the state title trophies sit on the shelf right beside of them too.
Before the Spartans moved into domination, it was the Cougars that occupied the high dollar suite.
Other things have changed as well. The two teams’ schemes have changed just a little. Some Pulaski County fans wanted their Cougars to open up the offense like Salem. Well, Salem is very conservative offensively and reminds one of how the Cougars used to get it done. The Spartans want to run the ball, will put it up given the opportunity, tries to play mistake-free football, plays outstanding defense, waits for the other team to make a mistake, and then pounces upon the opportunity to get the victory. Salem likely plays the most conservative style of offense in the RRD, just like Pulaski County used to play in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Pulaski County has changed, mainly because its personnel has changed. The Cougars have more speed and more playmakers on the field than in seasons past. It has improved its level of play defensively too, and likes to open up and use its firepower.
But in a nutshell, you can nit pick the numbers that can be found and compared on paper, but these teams are very close in 2008. Over the past three or four seasons, the Spartans had a decided advantage in personnel, but that is not the case this time. This should be a whale of a football game.
Both defenses allowed less than 12 points per game, and defense usually comes up big in big games. The Pulaski County Cougar offense has been more productive than Salem’s, but the Spartans rate a little edge in special teams play. This game is close, and like it says above, all the marbles are in the ring.
These two teams will be playing for the River Ridge District championship, the top seed when the Region Four, Division 4 playoffs begin next week, and home field advantage all the way to the state championship game at Liberty University in Lynchburg, and a perfect 10-0 season.

Now that’s a bunch of marbles. Wouldn’t you just love to get stuck in the middle of that ring with your favorite shooter. We could play marbles all day, but just don’t miss.

All the marbles are in the ring

It’s for all the marbles. The big bag, and that includes the cats eyes too, you know, the prettiest ones in the bag.
It’s Salem vs. Pulaski County, and we’ve been here before. These two prep football strongholds have met on the gridiron numerous times with everything at stake. Without question, these are the two strongest and most respected football programs in Region Four.
The Spartans enter the game 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the River Ridge District. The only loss came to undefeated and top ranked Division 3 school Brookville.
Pulaski County is 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the RRD, and the only school that has come close to knocking off the Cougars was Jefferson-Forest and the margin that time was 10-7.
Fans like to argue about which team is the favorite and stuff like that, but in this series, it really doesn’t matter. There have been streaks and a few surprises, but the Cougars and Spartans have been the dominant football programs in this region for the past 30-plus years, and the series between the two schools is locked up at 16-16.
Salem is the defending RRD champion, and it has won four straight league titles, and three of the last four Region 4 titles, and the state title trophies sit on the shelf right beside of them too.
Before the Spartans moved into domination, it was the Cougars that occupied the high dollar suite.
Other things have changed as well. The two teams’ schemes have changed just a little. Some Pulaski County fans wanted their Cougars to open up the offense like Salem. Well, Salem is very conservative offensively and reminds one of how the Cougars used to get it done. The Spartans want to run the ball, will put it up given the opportunity, tries to play mistake-free football, plays outstanding defense, waits for the other team to make a mistake, and then pounces upon the opportunity to get the victory. Salem likely plays the most conservative style of offense in the RRD, just like Pulaski County used to play in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Pulaski County has changed, mainly because its personnel has changed. The Cougars have more speed and more playmakers on the field than in seasons past. It has improved its level of play defensively too, and likes to open up and use its firepower.
But in a nutshell, you can nit pick the numbers that can be found and compared on paper, but these teams are very close in 2008. Over the past three or four seasons, the Spartans had a decided advantage in personnel, but that is not the case this time. This should be a whale of a football game.
Both defenses allowed less than 12 points per game, and defense usually comes up big in big games. The Pulaski County Cougar offense has been more productive than Salem’s, but the Spartans rate a little edge in special teams play. This game is close, and like it says above, all the marbles are in the ring.
These two teams will be playing for the River Ridge District championship, the top seed when the Region Four, Division 4 playoffs begin next week, and home field advantage all the way to the state championship game at Liberty University in Lynchburg, and a perfect 10-0 season.

Now that’s a bunch of marbles. Wouldn’t you just love to get stuck in the middle of that ring with your favorite shooter. We could play marbles all day, but just don’t miss.