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Tucker County looking to put Sandy’s wrath in past

November 8, 2012
By Andrew Davis - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Tucker County defeated every opponent standing in its way en route to a perfect 10-0 regular season.

One-by-one they all fell, but last week the Mountain Lions ran into a foe it couldn't defeat - Mother Nature.

Tucker County was one of the worst areas ravaged by the blizzard brought on by Hurricane Sandy last week.

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Tucker County players talk to assistant coach Shane Eakle during a recent contest in Parsons. The Mountain Lions will entertain Moorefield Saturday for Class A playoff action.

"The damage in Tucker County is the worst I've ever seen," Tucker County coach A.J. Rapp said. "We still have some players and coaches without power over here."

Despite most of the county being powerless last week, the Mountain Lions grabbed their gear and traveled to Fairmont State College to battle Notre Dame for their regular-season finale Nov. 3.

Top-ranked Tucker County showed no ill effects in the contest, which was originally slated for Friday, rolling to a 69-35 victory.

"The only practice we had to prepare for Notre Dame was on Saturday before the game at Bridgeport High School," Rapp said. "Offensively the time off didn't really hurt us, but you could really see a difference in our defense. That's the most points we've given up all season."

Tucker County did meet one time last week when several players gathered at a teammate's house to watch game film on the Irish.

"We had to get a generator and hook it up so we could watch the film," Rapp said.

Tucker County returned to school on Wednesday and had its first practice in preparation for Saturday's home playoff contest against Moorefield.

"We were finally able to get back out on the field at Tucker Valley Middle School and practice," Rapp said. "We're not going to let what happen last week bother us, it's behind us now. We have moved our practices to Tucker Valley for the rest of the week."

Hopefully Tucker County's incredible run this season will continue, giving people of the county something to worry about other than snow.

"It's still a mess over here," Rapp said. "We still have a lot of snow up on the mountain and it's going to take forever before its all melted away."

Kickoff for Saturday's contest is set for 1:30 p.m. at R.H. Armstrong Memorial Field



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