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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Sunday, September 26, 2004

    Ohio's real battleground 

    Thursday's debate may be in doubt (don't worry, W will show), but Malone College's 30-7 victory over St. Francis (Ill.) was not. Malone quarterback Brad Reifsnyder didn't address it with the Canton Repository's John Seaburn, but he didn't feel as if he played that well. Understandable. Reifsnyder's capable of completing more than 50 percent of his passes, and he didn't (14 of 29 for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns, including one of 61 yards). There were complications: Malone couldn't run early-on so St. Francis could concentrate on its pass rush (blitzing two linebackers) and locking onto the Pioneer receivers; Malone tried to run when it should have just put the ball in Reifsnyder's hands, and his receivers dropped a couple of balls that should have been caught.

    What should please Reifsnyder, who transferred back to Stark County from Clarion University, is that the Malone offense continued to mature, including his connection with Cleveland Heights freshman Alphanso Owen (3 catches for 95 yards and 2 TDs). The offensive line created a cacoon for its QB, the defense played better than during a loss at St. Xavier the week before) and so the stage is set for Saturday's showdown with North Canton's Walsh University (2-1 after a last-second 23-21 loss to Trinity University.)

    If President Bush and challenger John Kerry want to understand Ohio and be a part of a real battleground, they should drop in at Fawcett Stadium at noon on Saturday. They would get the real flavor of Ohio, this swing state so important to them.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 10:47 AM

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