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At the start of the 2010 campaign, Clay head football coach Mike Donnelly had aspirations of winning seven games, and getting Clay a long awaited playoff berth.

However, things haven't gone as planned for the Eagles, losers in three of their last four games, and it appears that the Eagles will fall short of their lofty goals.

The first case of heartbreak came during week 2 at home. The Eagles controlled the game much of the way, only to be beaten by Perrysburg with 8 seconds left on a Matt Slocum touchdown pass. The Eagles then pulled off a big 17-14 win at Springfield, despite being outgained 343-250 in total offense. Waite came ready to play and punched Clay in the jaw in front of the home town fans in week 4, reclaiming the Oil Barrel Trophy for the first time since 2005.  And then in week 6, it looked like Clay was ready to turn things around after a big offensive performance in a 29-13 win at Start High School.  But that has not been the case.

Now in week 8, coming off of two tough tests against the City League's fiercest forces--Central Catholic and Whitmer--Clay will look to rebound on the road against another City League power, St. John's Jesuit.

With the exception of a 49-24 thrashing on the road at Whitmer in week 5, the Titans have performed  well this season and they will improve on their win total from last season, a season in which they finished 6-4, and be in prime position to compete for a playoff berth.

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In 1965, legendary English rock band The Who unleashed upon the world a track known as “The Kids Are Alright” off of their seminal, masterpiece album “My Generation”…which instantaneously became an anthem for youth.

Forty-five years later, it’s probably safe to say that senior fullback and linebacker Seth “Superman” Dufendock, junior clutch kicker Tyler Pickard, and the rest of the back-to-back-to-back Suburban Lakes League-champion Genoa football Comets have never even heard of the likes of Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon, and John Entwistle.

Ever since Sept. 27 against Rossford, Genoa has been pounding on opposing teams like a Keith Moon drum, on their way to outscoring their first six opponents 262-43.

It has “Comet Nation” standing up, pumping its fists in the air, and singing out, “Hey, we’re going to be alright after all,” via strong first half of the season debuts by new front man Josh Bryer, supporting cast Kyle Nutter and Brandon Roberts.

Perhaps “alright” isn’t a satisfactory description of 6-2, 185 pound junior signal caller Bryer’s big-time coming-out party underneath the heat of the Friday night lights. Bryer has a 64 percent completion rate, nearly 500 yards passing, seven touchdown passes, only a couple of picks, and a 121 quarterback rating.

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Kyle Nutter won't run over big defensive linemen on a regular basis, and he doesn't possess blazing speed or ankle-breaking cutback ability.

What Nutter, a sophomore fullback at Genoa, has is “a mix of everything,” according to fourth-year Comets coach Mike Vicars.

“That's probably what makes him pretty good,” Vicars said. “He has good vision to find the seam. He doesn't have super-duper breakaway speed, but I wouldn't call him slow. He can get from zero to 60 right now. That's a very strong attribute of his.”

Another one of Nutter's intangibles is his ability to finish what he starts.

“He finishes the run,” Vicars said. “When you think the run is done, he gets you more yards. He always finishes the carry to get you another couple yards.”

Eastwood can vouch for that.

Last Friday night, the 5-foot-1

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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