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Football: Pittsburgh Stalwart Brashear Visits Unbeaten Linsly

Bulls bring 6-1 mark against 8-0 Cadets

October 28, 2011
By RICK THORP , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Linsly will look to move to 1-0 when it plays host to Pittsburgh City League leader Brashear on Saturday afternoon in Lockhart Alumni Field's final game of the season.


Yes, that's how the Cadets see things.

''Every time we break a huddle at practice (the players) say their goal, which is 1-0,'' Linsly coach B.J. Depew said.

''That's their mentality right now. They know they have to take it day by day if they want to achieve their goals.''

Linsly has gone 1-0 eight times this season and is two victories shy of an unbeaten campaign.

While there's been lots of talk about a matchup between undefeated city rivals Wheeling Central and Linsly next week on the island, Depew, for one, isn't looking ahead.

''We've never had a letdown and taken an opponent lightly,'' he said. ''We continue to do things the way we should.

''And that's a credit to the kids. They love to play the game. We get 10 opportunities and their goal is to win all 10.''

Linsly has kept its foot on the gas pedal all season and it's shown in the results.

The Cadets have allowed 10.2 points per game this season, while racking up an impressive 37.2 points per contest. The past two weeks, Linsly put 41 on the board.

And despite all that that, Depew said his team has yet to put together four solid quarters.

But it's been close.

''The Indian Creek game (a 54-32 victory) is one I can point to,'' he said. ''We played with the upper hand, but we really never put them away.''

Another time was last week.

''We were scrambling to get out of our end zone ... still backed up and punting,'' Depew said. ''There were some moments there in the second half that were critical to our development.''

The Cadets also struggled somewhat in the red zone, a place that, frankly, Linsly hasn't had to work from much this season.

''We've been scoring mostly from a distance,'' Depew said. ''It wasn't so much that I wasn't happy with our offense in the red zone, just the mentality of finishing drives. Maybe it was the play calling, but whatever the case we got bogged down there more times than I would've liked.''

While those difficulties weren't much of a factor last week, they could be this week against a Bulls team that beat Wheeling Central in 2009.

''We expect them to be strong,'' Depew said of the Bulls (6-1), who haven't lost since a Week 1 contest against current unbeaten Knoch.

''Physically, we match up very well. We're almost mirror images of each other.''

Quarterback Adam Lynch - rumored to have great speed - guides the Bulls offense.

The tailback is Joel Nesbitt, a 5-foot-11, 210-pounder.

''I would call them a spread team,'' Depew said.

As for the Cadets, they continue to be a team that can hit you with the run or the pass.

''The stars of our team change from week to week and that says a lot about the number of kids that can play at a high level.

''Hopefully, that makes us harder to prepare for.''

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