Big week for our local prep football teams

By Chad Upton | Aug 09, 2011

As we near the openers of the prep football season, both Tuscola and Pisgah are in the middle of a crucial week in terms of preparation.  Both the Mountaineers and Black Bears will scrimmage this week before the final week of preparation for very tough season opening games.
On Friday, Aug.. 19, Pisgah opens by hosting T.C. Roberson and Tuscola opens on the road at Polk County.
Both opening season opponents are not cupcakes, which leaves just one week  for adjustments based on the scrimmages this week.  But I also look for both teams not to show much and stay with the basics.
Be sure to drop by and pick up season tickets at your favorite school’s front office this week. It’s almost time amd before you know it, we’ll be kicking off the 2011 high school football season.
While I’m on the subject of football, be sure to listen to WPTL’s Preseason Football Show on AM 920 or on the web at wptlradio.net Saturday morning (Aug. 13).   
The Godfather, Chuck Fiebernitz, and I will preview the upcoming NFL, college, and high school seasons and we’ll also give our best predictions on your favorite teams this season.
The show starts at 7 a.m. and that will be followed at 8 p.m. by the season’s first Pisgah Head Coach David Pressley Show.
I hope you can join us at the Jukebox Junction Restaurant in Bethel or  by tuning in on your radio. It should be a lot of fun.
Braves may be in good shape
As of the writing of this column, the Atlanta Braves are 8.5 games out of first place in the NL East.  If you just looked at that number , it would be easy to ask yourself what happened to the Braves this year.  When you dig a little deeper, you’ll see that Atlanta has the second best record in all of the National League and is in prime shape to receive the wild card in the NL.  
Key injuries to Chipper Jones, Brian McCann, and Jair Jurrgens have limited this team in many ways, however, players like Dan Uggla have kept  Atlanta in this thing and may just allow their to be some magic in October.  Uggla has the longest active hitting streak in the majors, and is tied with Rowland Office for the second-longest streak in franchise history behind Rico Carty’s 31 in a row in 1970.
The streak comes after the two-time All-Star endured a miserable first three months of the season. Traded from Florida to Atlanta in November, Uggla was last in the majors in batting at .173 when the streak began, but he’s up to .220 now. Everyone is aware that Philadelphia is on fire, in fact, this is a team that could go out there and win 108 games this year.  
Never the less, if the Braves can get everyone healthy, or at least a good portion, then anything can happen in a seven game series.  With the Braves pitching, and assuming that the Braves deep starters are healthy, boy I’m telling you that things could be ripe once again for Atlanta. We’ll just have to see.

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Be sure to see next Wednesday’s Mountainer as I will share my top 10 college football teams in order of where I see them finishing the season.

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