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North Sports Report – September 19, 2013

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Alumni Alert: Long NFL Career for Glencliff Alum

In his eighth NFL season, Houston Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins’ football roots can be traced back to his playing days as a Glencliff Colt. Drafted out of Iowa State by the San Diego Chargers, Dobbins is in his third year with the Texans after four years in San Diego and one year with the Miami Dolphins. Selected as a captain by his Texan teammates in 2012, he had a great game in last year’s match-up against the Titans when he intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. Dobbins and the Texans come to town later this season to play the Titans at LP Field on December 29.

More than the Game – Helpful Hosts at Hunters Lane

A large crowd and the NSR enjoyed a great night last Friday as Whites Creek visited Hunters Lane. The football game went right down to the wire with both teams playing their hearts out; the two bands were extraordinary; the late third quarter concessions stand burger was superb; the pre-game tailgating was top-notch; and the atmosphere was simply electric! It takes more than the faculty, staff and fans to create such a smooth-running, family-friendly event. Here’s a shout out to the Hunters Lane Army JROTC who greeted me at the parking lot, guided me to the tailgate festivities, welcomed me to the stadium, posted the American flag, and presented the colors for the National Anthem – all under the direction of Colonel Barry Sprouse. Thank you for your service and leadership!

Hunters Lane Tailgating

Football Friday – September 20, 2013

The North Sports Report will be at Nick Coutras Stadium this week as the Overton Bobcats – coming off a thrilling, nail-biting victory – host the defending District 12AAA champion Cane Ridge Ravens. It’s still early in the season, but this game has playoff implications.

In other action:

  • Antioch Bears welcome Glencliff Colts;
  • Stratford Spartans travel to the field at TPS for the east bank battle with the undefeated East Nashville Eagles;
  • McGavock Raiders play at home against Hillsboro Burros;
  • Hillwood Hilltoppers host the showdown with Hunters Lane Warriors;
  • Whites Creek Cobras travel over to face Maplewood Panthers; and
  • Pearl-Cohn Firebirds host Lipscomb.

The MNPS home games are at Overton; at Antioch; at East Nashville (played at TPS on Foster Avenue); at McGavock; at Hillwood; at Maplewood; and at Pearl-Cohn. Go to a game!


MNPS: The First Choice for Service and Leadership

North Sports Report – September 12, 2013

by Mark North, president of The Fans, Inc

Friday Night = Football Night = Family Night = Community Night

TWow! The atmosphere at Stratford was fantastic Friday night. Families tailgating outside the gates, an elementary school PTO supporting the high school, friendly faces and greetings met the North Sports Report even before we reached the ticket booth. The stands were full, the bands for Stratford and Pearl-Cohn were rocking, the football was excellent, and everyone had a good time. Belmont University students were recognized at halftime for their volunteer work in cleaning and painting the stadium; and the stadium looked great. Nothing beats a festive, family-friendly Friday night of football!

Tailgating at Stratford vs. Pearl-Cohn last week.

Tailgating at Stratford vs. Pearl-Cohn last week.

Dan Mills families tailgate at Stratford home games.

Dan Mills families tailgate at Stratford home games.

Alumni Alert: Antioch Alum / Marine in the National Spotlight

MTSU student and former Antioch Bear Steven Rhodes made the rounds on television news shows and was recognized nationally for his service to his country as a Marine and for standing up to the NCAA when it ruled that he was ineligible to play college football due to his previous military service. Merely stating the NCAA’s position on the issue underscores its absurdity. Nevertheless, Steven appealed through the appropriate channels until common sense prevailed and he suited up for the Blue Raiders of MTSU. Good luck this season and thank you for your service.

Football This Week: Two Nights are Better than One

The Pearl-Cohn Firebirds will be featured on WUXP Channel 30 in a regionally televised game on Thursday night at Pearl-Cohn. The Firebirds host MBA in the battle of two undefeated teams. Kickoff is at 7:00pm. If you can’t make it to the game, tune in to the broadcast!

The rivalry games continue this week and the NSR will be in attendance as the Hunters Lane Warriors host the Whites Creek Cobras in a showdown of two hungry teams from the north edge of Davidson County.

In other games:

  • Antioch Bears host Station Camp;
  • Hillsboro Burros travel to the Overton Bobcats who feature running back Justin Martin and his 200 yards per game average.
  • Stratford Spartans look to defend their home turf (aka Buster Boguskie Field) against Rossview;
  • McGavock Raiders travel south to Franklin;
  • Maplewood Panthers head down to CPA;
  • Hillwood Hilltoppers play at Father Ryan;
  • Glencliff Colts go to Kenwood;
  • East Nashville Eagles travel north to Westmoreland; and
  • Cane Ridge Ravens go to Madison to face Goodpasture.

The MNPS home games are at Pearl-Cohn (on Thursday); at Hunters Lane; at Antioch; at Overton; and at Stratford.

Go to a game or two this week! You will love it!


MNPS: The First Choice for Courageous Alumni

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