I WAS WRONG
...and I could not be happier.
Last nights 22-16 Ross win over Toledo Whitmer was another classic Little Giant-Panther battle. It seems that every time these two programs meet, the game is one to remember. The 2010 edition did not disappoint. An overwhelming majority of fans had tabbed the Panthers to win this game, myself included. Some expected a Whitmer blowout. Well, someone forgot to tell Coach Derek Kidwell and his team about that. The Little Giants were ready and played one of the best games this long time Fremont Ross fan has seen in years...on both sides of the ball.
Make no mistake about it, Whitmer is good. The Panthers are a tough team that have size and speed. Whitmer rolled into the Don after spanking Tiffin Columbian last week 35-6. The Little Giants were ready and matched up with the Panthers just fine.
I kept hearing after last weeks game that the coaching staff "held back" in the win against Start. I wasn't sure if that was really the case or just hype. It wasn't hype. Tyler Wolf had a great game against a big defensive unit. That young mans grit and determination in leading his team last night was admirable. Skyler Refner had a great game and deserved the "Wendys player of the game" award from the guys at WFRO. That catch and run by Marquan McDonald was fun to watch as well. Carter, Miranda and the Little Giant defense had a great game against a good Whitmer offense.
The Senior leadership that some of us talked about in the preseason is clearly evident. Greg Brown, Tylor Trautwein and Co. are doing a great job leading this team. Leading by example, I might add. Two games into the 2010 season it is evident that this years team is different. There seems to be more unity. Gone, at least so far, are the issues that determined the fate of the 2009 team. Let's keep that unity and move forward.
Last nights game was a preview of what life in the Three Rivers Athletic Conference will be like. Tough games against quality opponents before big crowds. What we in Fremont are used to. And we'll fit in with the TRAC just fine, last night proved that.
Now it is on to Frost Kalnow Stadium and a meeting with neighborhood foe Tiffin Columbian. The Tornadoes spanked Mansfield Madison last night 33-0. Tiffin will be ready for us, they always are. I know we'll be ready for them.