Virginia—and Blacklick Valley—football Letter No. 207 | November 11, 2000 Hello Jon,
I thought it time to post something on the Valley Forum Letters to keep up my writing skills.
Several recent letters to the Nanty Glo home page discussed football and the impressive feats of a football player named Cedric Bryant, the leading rusher in Northern Virginia, who plays for the Thomas A. Edison High School, the school that my two children attended years ago. For the year 2000 season, the Edison Eagles had a record of 9 wins and 1 loss with a perfect 6-0 win-loss record in their district. In the season finale they played Mount Vernon Majors (8-2, 5-1) for the district title. In 1999, Edison needed a victory over Mount Vernon in the regular season finale, but lost, 22-21, in overtime when the Majors completed an improbable two-point conversion pass to knock Edison out of the playoffs. I witnessed this exciting game.
In the year 2000 playoff game, Edison got their retribution when they defeated Mount Vernon 34-0. It was the Eagles' first district title in 30 years. In the first half, Bryant was held to less than 50 yards gained. In the second half he electrified (pun intended) the fans when he broke free for touchdown runs of 75 and 56 yards. He has the uncanny ability to weave through holes he finds in the opponents' defense, and once in the secondary elude and outdistance the safetymen.
The season ended with Cedric leading all Northern Virginia district players with 28 touchdowns and 2,094 yards gained, an average of over 200 yards per game.
On another topic, it's easy for National Football League place kickers to experience a short career when they miss a crucial field goal. Perhaps the football scouts for NFL teams haven't reviewed all their options in finding talent. In the Northern Virginia area, for example, several area high schools have resorted to using talented female soccer players to kick extra points and field goals. One girl has hit 13 of 18 extra point attempts and kicked four field goals for her high school football team. Another female player has also been successful as a place kicker.
Also, I saw in the Nanty Glo Journal that Blacklick Valley HS Coach James Poldiak finally had his prayers answered. At last the gods were merciful to him. Several weeks ago the Blacklick Valley Vikings beat Berlin-Brothersvalley in impressive fashion by the score of 47-12. Maybe this is the beginning of a new winning era. It might be noted that the Thomas A. Edison Eagles had experienced only 5 wins in the prior two years before they were jolted into their winning seasons.Best regards,
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