2006-09-16 / Sports

Going Deep...

with Mike Bauer

Three weeks into the high school and college football season and the drama is already unfolding.

A win against perennial power Coudersport last night would put the Raiders in the driver's seat for an AML North title, while a loss puts them at 2-1. I don't see Coudy losing to anyone the rest of the year. Either way, the Red Raiders are off to a great start and a trip to the District 9 playoffs appears reachable.

The D9sports.com website this week acknowledged running back Cash Grimone as a runner-up for its Player of the Week honor, based on his performance at Smethport. He joins teammate Jordan Crane from week one with that honor.

Much was made of the Raiders' offensive show, but I was even more impressed with the defense. Some 43 of the Hubbers' 65 rushing yards came on one play. If you take away one drive, Cameron County held Smethport to 34 yards on 25 plays and one first down.

The intensity that was lacking over the last few years has definitely picked up. The rest of the district is still wondering if the Raiders are for real. I say yes.

Last week, everyone was saying Penn State looked terrible. I don't think the Lions looked as bad as Notre Dame looked good. The Irish are a senior-dominated team poised to win a national title if they play like they did last week. The offense is very good under Brady Quinn and the defense has picked it up a notch. To all the Irish fans, good luck the rest of the way... but we will see you next year at Happy Valley. The roles will be reversed, Notre Dame will be the young team and the Lions will be more experienced. Also, the fans from South Bend will be awarded 5,000 tickets in a 110,000-seat stadium, the same number the PSU ticket office received from the Irish athletic department.

I'm off to Penn State this weekend to see the Lions meet the Penguins from Youngstown State. My son doesn't care who they're playing; he just loves the fact that he gets to go to a game or two every year.

Major League Baseball is winding down with many of the usual teams chasing playoff spots. One exception is Atlanta.

know there are mostly Pirate fans around here, so many may not realize what the Braves have accomplished. They have won their division title every year since 1991.

That streak started when Barry Bonds had 111 career home runs and gas was $1.25 a gallon. I don't think that any team will ever win 14 straight division titles again. Even the Yankees, with all their success, have never done that.

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