Here we go….Week #9….Broadcast #10…Our 77the Year of High School Football on 1480 WHBC. We have headed down the stretch…made it to the final furlong, and this Friday night offers a Federal League Battle with 2 teams that are fighting challenges. Trying their best to overcome adversity. It’s truly a tale of two teams with challenges of their own.

The Lake Blue Streaks. A 4 – 0 start which has led to a 3 game stumble, and an opportunity to right the ship in the final two weeks.  Adversity….? They have battled issues with COVID…they have lost 3 consecutive games that deep down they know they could have won. 3 consecutive losses by a total of 16 points. In many ways they have been their own worst enemy…4 picks vs McKinley (two returned for pick 6)…5 fumbles and 13 penalties in a 2 point loss to Hoover.   The offense needs to click vs Perry. They will lean on Matt Sollberger. He’s a good one at just under 1 000 for the season. The Brady’s, Evan and Logan, along with Gavin Infantino will need to continue to lead on defense.

The Perry Panthers. Friday Night will be their 5 th Federal League contest.  They are winless in the Fed. They have not scored a TD in 7 consecutive quarters. Last week’s loss to Green…First time the Panthers have been shut out since the D2 Championship Game in 2015.  So much work to do. Battling adversity in a community, and a football program, that expects more from their efforts. No League Title hunt this year…. Playoffs from a spectator perspective. Two games to go. Kids who will leave it all on the field. A Wing T offense with the likes of DeAndre Church, and Samuel Thompson who will ground and pound. A defense that’s licking it’s wounds the past 4 weeks, but are still instilled with Perry Pride.

The Sarchione Ford Game of the week with two teams with their own individual battles with adversity. From my perspective in the booth…both have blacked out the rear view mirror, and all eyes and focus will be on Friday Night alone.  Look forward to seeing your faces in the seats, and Mark, Kenny, Denny, and myself will see y’all On the Radio!!