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Chat session

By JOHN C. COTEY and DAVID MURPHY
Published September 28, 2006


[Times photo: Zach Boyden-Holmes]
Ridgewood will count on junior running back Byronell Arline, left, to show up Central counterpart DuJuan Harris this Friday.

JohnCotey: Dave, Dave, Dave, while I certainly understand your excitement about the possibilities for the Central football team, what with that speedy running back and all, the Bears have bigger problems than just stopping the Ridgewood running game. They have to stop destiny. Do you know how hard that is?

DMurph003: Destiny? What position does he play? Wide receiver?

JohnCotey: Tight end. Name is Will Nichols, who has a touchdown catch in every game this year. Did you know Ridgewood can also pass the ball? I thought not.

DMurph003: Give me three good reasons Ridgewood will win other than the fact you like their nickname.

JohnCotey: Better offensive line. Can score myriad of ways (10 touchdowns through the air, btw). And Central has three wins, against teams with a combined 2-14 record. Color me unimpressed.

DMurph003: I didn't realize they taught math differently in Pasco County. Because up here in Hernando, the 2-14 combined record of Central's victories is a heck of a lot better than the 2-17 combined record of Ridgewood's victims. That 22-13 win over 0-5 Pasco was impressive, though.

JohnCotey: Pasco is the best 0-5 team in the county, mister!

DMurph003: We don't have a best 0-5 team. Because we don't have an 0-5 team (don't you have two?). But we're getting off track. Here's why Central will win: 1. The Bears' pass rush. They've tormented opposing quarterbacks, and they don't wait until 10 Mississippi to do it.

DMurph003: 2. Heath Heroux. He's the Bears' free safety. And he's a Heath-seeking missile. He might even come up in the press box and knock you out.

DMurph003: 3. DuJuan Harris. The kid is going to make some college coach really happy. He can win games by himself. I've seen it.

DMurph003: :-*

JohnCotey: Heath-seeking? So, he seeks himself then? What, does he run around in circles during the game, trying to tackle himself? Sounds like you during your Pop Warner days.

JohnCotey: Well, sounds like Harris has to win games by himself. Therein lies your problem. I don't know how you win games by yourself, though, with Ridgewood linebacker Ben Perry is all up in your mug. Answer me that.

DMurph003: Seriously, is that all you can bring to the table? Ben Perry? Doesn't he make ice cream?

JohnCotey: What? A 900-yard rusher, a passing game that has produced 10 touchdowns, three receivers with over 100 ...what more do you want?

JohnCotey: But if Lecanto scored 17 points on Central (and 10 in its previous three games), and Hernando scored a season-high 25, what's the over/under on how many Ridgewood gets?

DMurph003: Well, let's see. The over/under in last year's game was 3.5, and I took the under, and won.

DMurph003: 33-0. Wasn't that the score?

DMurph003: Did Ridgewood suddenly turn into that high school team from the Nike commercial?

DMurph003: Is LT gonna throw a halfback option?

DMurph003: Wait, sorry, I was wrong.

DMurph003: It was 35-0.

JohnCotey: Yeah, 33-0 was the score Central beat Hernando by ...the same Hernando team it lost to this year. So your point?

DMurph003: Well, my point (and unlike Ridgewood last year, I actually have one) is just because the Rams were lucky enough to schedule two 0-5 teams doesn't mean they are suddenly Permian High.

DMurph003: And by the way, the two wins that Ridgewood's opponents do have?

DMurph003: They were over 0-5 teams.

DMurph003: In other words, if high school football were governed by the BCS, Ridgewood would be playing in the Poulan Weedeater Bowl right now.

DMurph003: DuJuan Harris has broken more ankles than Tonya Harding.

DMurph003: Heath "Super" Heroux, Duane "Marky" Marks, Chase "Texas Ranger" Walker.

DMurph003: This ain't a one-man team.

DMurph003: Even if it was though, it would still be a heck of a team

JohnCotey: Eight straight messages by you. This is a one-man chat session! You're the DuJuan Harris of chatting!

JohnCotey: Why do I feel like I'm talking to George W. Bush about the war on terra? Okay, we get it - DuJuan Harris, weapon of mass destruction. Stay the course, stay the course, stay the course. DuJuan, DuJuan, DuJuan.

JohnCotey: So, gimme the final breakdown and score please. I love it when you make a fool of yourself.

DMurph003: Central 21, Ridgewood 17

DMurph003: Your turn.

JohnCotey: Ridgewood 20, Central 13.

DMurph003: But neither one of us is a homer.

JohnCotey: That's ridiculous. Of course not.

JohnCotey and DMurph003 can be reached, obviously, online.

Times staff writers John C. Cotey, who works hard in Pasco County and covers Ridgewood, and David Murphy, who casually hangs out in Spring Hill and files the occasional story about Central, duked it out online about who will win Friday's Rams-Bears showdown in New Port Richey.

[Last modified September 28, 2006, 07:19:50]


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