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TJCA moves to third round, East ends season

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It won't be an easy third round match up, but Thomas Jefferson's football team has landed there once again.

Thomas Jefferson (12-0) will host Robbinsville on Friday. Last week, they easily beat Bishop McGuinness 34-3 on a wet and cold night in Avondale.

Robbinsville (10-2) has been a force to reckon with over the years in 1A and this will be the toughest matchup for the Gryphons all season long.

The Black Knights like to run the football with Rylee Anderson (1722 yards, 29 TD's) and Lex Hooper (757 yards, 14 TD's). Landon Orr is the quarterback and has thrown for just over 1300 yards.

Robbinsville is still pretty good considering they do allow more points this year than in the past. So, I expect a shootout. Defensively, they like to blitz, but I feel like Thomas Jefferson's run defense is going to continue to play a big factor. Chance Sutton and Ethan Jackson were great last week as they allowed just 30 yards rushing and just over 100 overall yards in the game. This is tough...I will take TJCA 34-26.

East Rutherford's football season came to an abrupt end in Reidsville (13-0) this past Friday. East lost 41-6 in the second round. Reidsville's rush defense was too much, while Reidsville rushed for over 300 yards in the win. East was led by Demetrius Mauney (nearly 1400 yards rushing this season) on the ground. The team was mainly seniors and I hate it for Mauney and those others who ended high school football careers this past Friday.

NFL

You heard it here first, but the Carolina Panthers will not make the playoffs this year. They started out 6-2 in the first half of the season. They looked like a shoe-in. Defensively, they are averaging 300 passing yards allowed over the last three games during this losing streak. While they have allowed 100 yards rushing just once in the last three games, that is definitely not the problem.

This secondary has been exploited as of late and the Panthers seem to be going down too far too early or not able to hold a lead. With the schedule they have remaining, nothing looks promising. The Panthers have to beat the Bucs, Browns and Falcons. They also have the Saints twice. Carolina has already loss to the Falcons, the Browns have now won two straight and the Bucs arose from the dead to make what seemed to be a Panthers blowout into an interesting second half earlier this year.

NFL top ten as of now: 1)Saints, 2)Rams, 3)Patriots, 4)Chiefs, 5)Steelers, 6)Chargers, 7)Bears, 8)Vikings, 9)Seahawks and 10)Texans.

The Colts, Browns, Ravens and Cowboys are making a charge, but not there yet.

Until somebody can prove who wants to win the NFC East, I have kept those teams off the board for now.

As for the NFL too, it's sad to hear that Rutherford County's own Bob McNair passed away last week. McNair has done a number of things for this county over the years with scholarships and improving sports facilities. Plus, the building of the Owls stadium would not have been possible without him. The Houston Texans owner even picked up Rutherford County's own Carlos Watkins in the NFL Draft a couple of years ago. He gave back to the community even though he wasn't able to be in the county much over the last few years, but his presence was certainly felt. I don't know if we could ever thank the McNair's enough. May Bob rest in peace.

High School Basketball season has started. Like always, I look forward to it and there is more to come about that in the next couple of weeks.

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