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Slow start concern for Indians, Grafton

by Mike Nutter


(September 10) Heading into the third week of high school football, two teams rich with tradition find themselves searching for their first win.

Bridgeport (0-1) and Grafton (0-2) look to get that win Friday night as both play at home.

When Bruce Carey took over the Indians' program last season, little changed.

Bridgeport punished teams with a dominating ground attack en route to an 8-2 season and a playoff berth.

Grafton, meanwhile, rolled through the regular season undefeated behind the play of Brian Gillespie, Jay Garrett and Brad Westfall before falling to Bluefield in the Class AA championship.

All three are gone for the Bearcats, while the Indians' rushing game was nonexistent in their 14-7 loss to Preston in their opener -- Bridgeport rushed for just 48 yards.

"The thought of being 0-2 has definitely gone through my mind," said Carey. "The loss hurts, but to tell you the truth what really bothered me the most was the way we played.

"I think maybe we came out a little flat and had some missed blocking assignments and the bottom line was Preston wanted it a lot more than we did.

"I can tell you one thing, we had better come out ready to play Friday night," Carey said. "We need to control the line of scrimmage and eliminate the mental mistakes."

The Indians will have a tough task, as they host Big 10 rival South Harrison. The Hawks also are coming off of a disappointing loss.