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Mark’s Musings – August 30, 2017

| August 28, 2017

Mark Fortune

It’s time for . . . BACON, BACON AND MORE BACON!! Yep. The third annual Appalachian Bacon Nation festival is this weekend – in tandem with First Friday on Friday, Sept. 1 and then on Saturday, Sept. 2 the Bacon Festival will feature lots of activities downtown at the Art PARK and court square with the crowning of a new Bacon King and Queen at 2 p.m. Come to downtown Coshocton on Friday evening and again on Saturday to enjoy the festivities!

Please find the 2017 high school Fall Sports Preview in this week’s edition of The Beacon – with many thanks to all of the coaches, athletic staff, school officials, photographers Lenzo Studio and Seibert Studios and others that helped us put this section together. We are all proud of our young athletes and they deserve it. They – and the coaches – put in a lot of time and energy each season. And let’s not forget the parents and family members that ensure these young folks get to their practices and games, matches and meets on time! Yes, some of them drive but not all.

A shout out must also go to the booster club members, fans and those that work the food stands, sell programs and just generally ensure that the things that need to get done – get done. We would also be remiss if we did not thank the officials that make sure our young athletes are treated fairly and keep the sport clean. Thank you – as it is often a thankless job.

Next week we will feature the four area high school marching bands and a special section on Fall Home Improvement.

This week is it of course. Time for college football to crank it up. The Buckeyes head into the season now ranked number one – depending on the poll. The AP and coaches poll have the Buckeyes at number two while a “re-rank” by other pollsters has the Buckeyes number one. We will get a real feel for the Buckeyes of course on Sept. 9.

The Browns have now rattled off three straight pre-season wins with one game remaining against the Chicago Bears on the 31st. It appears that the Browns have settled on DeShone Kizer as quarterback. Naturally the first game would be against those Steelers on Sept. 10. At least it is at home. Could this be a year of surprises? We already had the solar eclipse – but we knew that was coming a decade ago – or something like that. Football is a bit more unpredictable they say.

How about the Tribe? A weekend of shutting out the Royals despite key injuries and more players on the disabled list than glasses sold for the eclipse (mentioned above). The Indians are rolling. Key games in the Big Apple this week could give us real insight as to the abilities of this team heading down the stretch.

Local high school football teams hit the gridiron with the Generals racking up a big win while the Black Bears played it tough in their contest.

Good luck to all area fall sports teams from The Beacon!

Jerry Lewis will be missed.

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