Duty, Honor, Country

by | Sep 28, 2021 | Darke County News, Sports

SHOTS IN THE DARKE

My wife and I just returned from an eight day swing through New England on our way to the Miami-Army football game at West Point. If you haven’t had the chance to visit the campus of the United States Military Academy be sure to put it on your bucket list!

The setting on the bluffs of the Hudson River, the history and tradition of the institution, the buildings themselves, and the general overall feeling that permeates the air all create a sense of pride and awe. The pageantry of the parade review by the Corps of Cadets prior to the game and then the atmosphere at Michie Stadium are why game-day at West Point is considered one of the finest college experiences in the country. Only the Black Knights 23-10 win over the RedHawks spoiled a great weekend!

Speaking of great weekends, Homecoming at GHS always is a tradition worth participating in with the annual parade Thursday at 6:30 and the introduction of Chief Green Wave followed by the crowning of the Queen before the game with Piqua on Friday night.

The Wave are coming off a hard-fought win over West Carrollton and enter divisional play the remainder of the season. Piqua at 6-0 and Tipp at 5-1 pace the Miami Division while Xenia leads what appears to be the weaker Valley at 4-2. Butler and Troy at 3-3 each are the other Miami teams that will face the Wave, making the last four games a dogfight every night for the Green and White!

As a reminder, all Wave home games can be seen on YouTube by searching The Wave at GHS.

Around the county a huge game takes place in New Madison Friday evening as the host T-V Patriots at 5-1 take on the 6-0 Arcanum Trojans in a battle of high-powered offenses. I won’t be surprised if the scoreboard blows a fuse or two over the course of the night! Tri-County North and Preble Shawnee also figure heavily in the race for WOAC honors through six weeks.

Meanwhile, up north, the Versailles Tigers at 5-1 (3-1 MAC) are a game behind both Coldwater and Marion Local in the always powerful Midwest Athletic Conference. You can always pencil in at least two or three Final Four participants from the MAC!

How about both the Browns and Bengals with victories this past weekend! The Brownies made life miserable for Bears QB Justin Fields, sacking the former THE star nine times in a dominating defensive performance.

Over in Pittsburgh Ja’Marr Chase lived up to his billing as the number five overall pick in last spring’s draft with two touchdown receptions in pacing the Bengals to their second win of the season over a disappointing Steelers team and aging QB Ben Roethlisberger. Beware the Stripes!!

Wow, what a blowout in golf’s Ryder Cup as the young American contingent dominated a mostly veteran group of Europeans! Dustin Johnson regained his form in picking up five points in leading the Red, White, and Blue to a rather routine victory that was absent any of the usual dramatics that has marked past events.

Congratulations to the Green Wave girls golf team on winning the MVL championship with a perfect league mark of 8-0 and 12-0 overall! The boys are also having a fine fall at 10-2 (7-2 MVL) trailing only Tipp and tied with Troy and Butler for second.

The Cardinals as of this writing have reeled off 16 straight wins to all but clinch the second wild card spot in the NL. The Reds finally won a series for the first time in almost a month and will finish with a winning record for the second year in a row. St. Louis will be a dangerous team for either the Giants or Dodgers in the wild card game—say what you want Cardinal haters, the “St. Louis Way” once again appears to be magic!

Finally, the young men and women of the Corps of Cadets at West Point represent some of the finest of American youth—they truly adhere to the motto of the Military Academy—Duty, Honor, Country. We are all fortunate that we will be served in the future by such individuals!!

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