So it is the end of another year. Wow. Hard to believe. And though a lot hasn't changed, which in most retrospects that's great, I know God is in the process of changing those that need changing.
I lift up this Prayer to You Father.
I come humbly before You on the brink of this new year and I ask for forgiveness for all my failures and shortcomings. I ask that Your hand of mercy and grace will guide the lives of my family members and me through this next year. I thank You for the blessings You have given to me in 2008. You have blessed my health, my wealth, my family, my spirit, my womb (even though there isn't a child there yet, or could there be?). I praise You for these things.
I ask, Father, that Your hand would continue to be upon the health and the spirits of those that I hold so dear. Be with my blessed parents, baby brother, precious husband, precious aunt, special cousins, sweet in-laws, good friends, loving pastor and church, myself, and on my womb. I Pray even now for the precious child that is making his/her way into our life when Your time is right. I thank You for Your words of wisdom as given to me through others. You truly are a good God.
Go before us now and bless 2009 Father. Let us be blessed with blessing uncountable and let us lay them all back at Your holy feet. I love You Father and I give You all the glory for every situation that I am walking through and will walk through.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
So it is the end of another year. Wow. Hard to believe. And though a lot hasn't changed, which in most retrospects that's great, I know God is in the process of changing those that need changing.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Please click the above link to see the award given to me by my dear blogger friend PODDY. Thanks brother! God bless!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
It truly is a sister's dream come true! I am already excited for the undefeated season for my lil bro's team.... but my biggest Prayer was answered as I found this video clip. Please watch it all the way to the end. The last shot shows my baby brother Praying his last Prayer as a Bobcat on the field after winning State. This was the very thing that I had Prayed to see this entire season. I love you lil bro and I'm so proud of you for making God your number 1 priority! Thank you Father for letting me have this clip to bear witness! I bless your Holy Name!!!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
MORE TO COME...
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The Results Are In...... As of About 10 pm Friday Nite.... WE GOIN' TO STATE BABY! UNDEFEATED THE ENTIRE SEASON!
Our boys with the trophy! We're goin' to State!
The Run Through!
Our JROTC... RIP JON, WESLEY, JESSICA, AND DANIEL! (not pictured in this shot)
Sooooooooo excited for these Bobcats! We are heading to state this Saturday at the Papa John's Stadium, 3pm. I'll be in my in-laws turf for this one. My home away from home, Louisville!
We beat Boyle Co. 17-15. It was tough but well worth all the stress. I am so proud of this group of boys! My little brother told me that he Prayed his way through it. I told him he wasn't alone, I did my fair share of Praying as well along with mom, dad, and a lot of other mothers and folks. I would get so hyped up and then feel God tugging at my heart to just sit, be still and Pray. I did just that. Then I'd jump up excitedly again and repeat the process. God is so good to hear all of our Prayers and not just those that are major in the world's eyes.
Our boys play in Louisville Saturday. If you live in the WYMT coverage area, tune us in. We'll be on T.V. You may even see me screaming and jumping around. HAHA Also, our boys will be honoring those students who have honored them at so many games in the past, the students who were killed this weekend. They will have a memorial to the students on their helmets and we will have a moment of silence aka in the Christian world... Prayer for our fellow comrades who have gone on. Please continue to bathe the families in Prayer.
Keep us in Prayer on Saturday as well. We are really looking forward to bringing home our first state title in 17 years! I am almost as excited as they are! HAHA Please Pray for a safe trip to and from Louisville for our boys and everyone who is headed that way. Please Pray that if we can bring God more glory by winning, that He will bless us to do just that. Please Pray that if interviewed our boys give God glory for the win and point to our Creator and Savior for all their successes and strengths. Pray for all of us who are excited, yet sad to see our favorite senior players' (aka my lil bro) football career at BCHS end.
Psalm 62 (King James Version)
1Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
2He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
3How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.
4They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
5My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
6He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
7In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
8Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
9Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
10Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
11God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.
12Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
Six turnovers help Bell hold off Boyle Co. 17-15
By JAY COMPTON/Sports Editor
The Bobcat defense forced six turnovers Friday night as Bell held off Boyle County 17-15 in the Class 4A semifinals.
“The old man is going back to the big house one more time,” coach Dudley Hilton said. “I didn’t know if I’d ever make it, but give Boyle County a lot of credit they’ve got a great football team.”
For the second straight week the Bobcats were taking down to the wire. The Rebels were driving in the final minute and a pass interference penalty gave them a first down at Bell 27 with 23.3 seconds to play.
Bell senior Shawnta Zachery jumped up and intercepted the pass at the four yard line and slid down to clinch the win for the Bobcats with two seconds left to play.
“They threw the verticals and a couple of plays before that they had it open and they dropped it,” Zachery said. “I thought they might be looking to their big play man inside, the big UK man (Aumiller). So I cheated this way a little bit and kind of baited him. When it came I just went up an got it.
“I wanted to go back and score but it’s more important to get the win, anything could have happened. So I just intercepted it and fell down,” he said. “Then I just threw the ball up in the air. It was an amazing, great feeling.”
It was fitting that the ball landed in Zachery’s hands on the deciding play. With Boyle concentrating to stopping the Bell running game, the senior quarterback had a career day throwing the ball.
He completed 15-of-24 passes for 163 yards. Zachery also ran for 18 yards on ten carries including three times for first downs and a one-yard sneak for a touchdown in the third quarter that gave Bell a 14-9 lead they would never give up.
“What an outstanding performance by our quarterback. Shawnta stepped up big for us throwing the ball tonight and I put a lot of credit not just him, our defense played well too,” Hilton said.
Sophomore cornerback Cody Davenport had intercepted Phillips on Boyle’s first drive of the second half at the Bell 28-yard line.
The Bobcats went 72 yards on 14 plays with the biggest one being a 28-yard catch by Adam Overbay. He caught the ball eight yards down field on a crossing pattern and broke a pair of tackles on his way down the sideline to the Boyle County 11.
Overbay led the Bobcats with six catches for 73 yards in the game.
Three runs by Spencer Greer left Bell with a 4th & inches at the two. Zachery plowed ahead once for the first down, then again for the go-ahead score with 4:16 to play in the third quarter.
“What about little Overbay,” Hilton said. “I told you: ‘Thank the Lord that he came out’ and he showed why tonight.”
The Rebels’ next possession was brought to an early end as Billy Lawson rolled up running back Rees MacShara behind the line of scrimmage and the ball came free. Taylor Mills recovered the fumble and Bell took over at the Boyle 44.
Zachery passed to Matt Raines for nine yards and a first down on a 4th & 4 play. Then hooked up with John Dudley Hilton for an 18-yard gain down inside the Rebel five.
Boyle County opened the fourth quarter with their second goal-line stand of the game and a false start penalty moved the Bobcats back to the six.
Monte Merrick came on and kicked a 23-yard field goal to extend the lead to 17-9 with 10:19 to play.
Mason completed 4-of-6 passes for 41 yards as Boyle County drove 80 yards on nine plays on the following drive. Tight end Lamar Dawson capped the drive with touchdown catch from ten yards out.
In a game filled with big plays from the Bobcat defense, their smallest defender Davenport made what might have the biggest play of all.
The Rebels went for the two-point conversion to tie the game. Mason scrambled to his left and looked to have a clear path to the pylon. But Davenport peeled off his man and came out of nowhere to knock Mason back before he reached the goal line.
“He took that boy’s head off. I really thought he made a heck of a play right there,” Hilton said.
With 6:10 to play, the Bobcats clung to a 17-15 lead.
They ground out two first downs and made the Rebels used all their timeouts before being faced with a 3rd & 12 from the Boyle 44.
Zachery went deep for Raines down the left sideline, but the pass was intercepted and Boyle’s last drive would start at their own 22 with 2:18 on the clock.
Mason — who was 17-of-31 passing for 175 yards and two TDs — drove them into Bell territory, but Zachery’s last second heroics sealed the win for the Bobcats.
“I can’t explain the feeling, it’s amazing. It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Zachery said of securing a spot in the championship game. “I just want to thank God first of all, and my family, friends, my team, coaches, everybody. It’s the greatest feeling in the world, seriously.”
The teams traded long drives in the first quarter with neither getting on the scoreboard.
Bell opened up with nine straight running plays out of the wishbone. Goodin and Greer alternated carries, but the drive stalled after a fumbled exchange and then a false start penalty.
Merrick pinned Boyle back at their own two-yard line with a 45-yard punt.
Mason came out throwing from his own end zone and completed throws to Bret Marshall and Ron Crutchfield for first downs before the Rebels were also forced to punt.
Zachery completed his first five passes and got the Bobcat offense moving again on their second possession. Overbay, Davenport and Chase Ely all made catches for first downs and another completion to Overbay gave Bell a first down at the Rebel 11 early in the second quarter.
But the Bobcats were eventually stopped on a 4th and 1 play from the two yard line.
On 2nd & 10 Mason again dropped back to pass from his own end zone and had to get rid of the ball under pressure from Lawson and Shawn Marcum. His pass went right to Matt Simpson at the 15 and he ran untouched into the end zone to put Bell on top.
Merrick’s extra point made it 7-0 with 9:07 to play in the second quarter.
“He just threw it up in the air and it was like he was throwing it to me and I just took it to the house,” Simpson said. “We got to the regional last year and lost in a heart-breaker. Our seniors have worked so hard (to get to Louisville) this year, it means everything to us.”
The Bobcats tried an onside kick, but Boyle recovered it at the 47.
Mason passed to MacShara for a 34-yard touchdown to complete a quick drive that tied the game with 8:23 left in the half.
“A lot of people might second guess me, but I was scared of that little boy back there returning kickoffs,” Hilton said of the decision to onside kick. “We lost here last year after Lexington Catholic returned the opening kickoff (for a touchdown).”
Bell moved the ball again on their next drive, but stalled in Boyle territory. Merrick missed a 44-yard field goal attempt and the Rebels took over at their own 20.
Aumiller gained a total of 41 yards on two catches on the following drive and Boyle County was threatening to take the lead.
MacShara made a nice move to cut inside the Bobcat 10-yard line, but John Dudley Hilton managed to strip the ball from behind him and Zachery recovered it on the one-yard line.
Bell couldn’t move the ball and Merrick came on to punt from the end zone. The snap sailed over his head and out of bounds for a safety to put the Rebels on top 9-7 with 48.9 seconds to go in the second quarter.
An interception by Raines made sure the Boyle wouldn’t add to that lead before the half.
“I thought we should have had two or three touchdowns in the first half,” Hilton said. “We had some bad mistakes but the bottom line is our kids didn’t quit.”
The Bobcats came out and forced two quick turnovers as they took control of the game in the third quarter. Then held on at the end.
“You’ve got to have a little bit of luck,” Hilton added. “We probably should have been beat last week and anybody could have won this game.”
Bell County (14-0) will play Bullitt East (9-5) Saturday at 3 p.m. in the state championship game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.
Bullitt East defeated Calloway County 52-49 in Friday’s other semifinal.
Above: The Bell County seniors pose with their trophy after holding on for a 17-15 win over Boyle County Friday night in the Class 4A semifinals. The Bobcats advance to face Bullitt East next Saturday at 3 p.m. Bell and coach Dudley Hilton (inset above) will be looking for their first state title since 1991.�� (JAY COMPTON/Daily News)
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
On Saturday, we were all pumped. We had just won the final game before heading to the state championship this coming weekend. That all was quieted down by the news that four more of our students at BCHS were killed in a head on collision in Pineville. The students were on there way to the Christmas Parade in Middlesboro to march with the Junior Airforce ROTC group. I didn't personally know any of the students but I did have Daniel Campbell's sister and brother a couple of years ago. Jonathan was also a student that I had seen around quite often. Daniel and Jonathan both went to Page School Center (where I work). My brother was really hurt overr all of these students, especially Jonathan. The night before the accident, after we won the game, Jonathan came up to Billy and was congratulating him. He was saying all kinds of encouragging things and telling Billy that he had played well. Billy told me that he felt like God was telling him to hug Jon again and so he hugged him for the second time. He sure was glad that he did. Today as he was checking out of school to attend Jon's funeral, mom asked if he really felt like he would be ok. He told her that Jon attended his game to see him play and that the least he could do would be to see him out this final time.
Those students who died in the accident were:
(Courtesy of Middlesboro Daily News)
Tragedy strikes Bell High again
By Sarah Miracle/Staff Writer
PINEVILLE — The Middlesboro Christmas Parade marched on as scheduled Saturday afternoon, with the Bell County High School Air Force JROTC as one of the participants.
Bell’s JROTC Instructor Lt. Col. Barry Tanner recalls that, however, prior to the parade, he had a strange feeling.
“I was missing three of my students,” remarked Lt. Col. Tanner. “It wasn’t like those kids not to be there.”
Lt. Col. Tanner tried to put his worries aside and BCHS’s JROTC performed without three of their star cadets. Little did he and his cadets know, those three teens would never perform again.
While in route to the Christmas parade along U.S. Highway 25-E in Pineville, former JROTC cadet and BCHS graduate 18-year-old Jonathan Lee Miracle; current cadets and BCHS students 16-year-old twins Jessica Nicole “Niki” Ingram and Wesley Allen Ingram of Pineville; and 15-year-old Daniel Earl Campbell Smith of Blackmont lost their lives in a fatal car accident.
At 12:51 p.m., Kentucky State Police and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement responded to a call about a two vehicle accident along U.S. 25-E, near the Off Track Betting facility. The 2007 Toyota Yaris driven by Miracle was travelling south on U.S. 25-E, while a Peterbilt coal truck driven by 34-year-old Dwight Robinson of Tyner, Ky., was traveling northbound.
Police report that due to the road and weather conditions, Miracle lost control of his vehicle and veered into the northbound lane of traffic, where he collided with the coal truck. All four occupants of the Toyota Yaris sustained fatal injuries.
Miracle was transported to the Pineville Community Hospital after the accident, where Bell County Deputy Coroner Bill Bisceglia later pronounced him dead. The Ingram twins and Campbell were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
“This is the second accident involving Bell County High School students that I have responded to this year,” stated Deputy Coroner Bisceglia.“My heart just goes out to the families and kids at Bell High.”
Facing the aftermath of this tragic incident, BCHS Principal Jeff Saylor has arranged for grief counselors to be available at the school throughout this week.
“I guess what makes this so hard is rejoicing over our football team’s victory Friday night, and now within 24 hours, we’re facing the loss of four young people who meant a lot to the students, this school and the community,” said Principal Saylor. “There’s no rhyme or reason to something like this.”
Bell County School System’s Superintendent George Thompson agreed. “What can I say? This is the second time we’ve suffered a fatal accident involving our students. It doesn’t get any easier. It’s just a tragic and terrible shock and a loss,” stated Thompson. “These children will be sorely missed.”
Thompson and Bisceglia referred to the untimely passing of four former students, all killed in a vehicle accident on Hwy. 92 on January 6. Bell County High School students Shawna McCreary, Stephanie Wilder, Eric Ogan and Wesley Cole perished in that incident.
According to Lt. Col. Tanner, the school will be opening a memorial fund for the students’ funeral costs and the family’s incurred expenses. Details are not yet confirmed, although the accounts will be established at Home Federal Bank.
“They’re going to be missed. We’re talking about kids who were loved for who they were,” commented Lt. Col. Tanner. “These children didn’t have enemies, only friends.”
Tanner also mentioned that the Ingram family wishes to hold a memorial for both Nikki and Wesley at Bell High. However, arrangements are not yet complete or official.
The teens’ full obituaries are listed on page five in this edition of the Middlesboro Daily News.
Sarah Miracle is a staff writer for the Daily News. She can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
On our last set of notes we left off talking about the confusion at Babel. We will now conclude these notes from Creation Conference 2008.
*** Babylon (Modern Day Iraq) -
- Saddam Hussein spent charity money to restore Babylon.
- He believed that he was in the direct line of Nebacunezzar and that he was rightful heir to his world.
- Hussein even had his image placed over Nebacunezzar's on a gold coin to signify that he was in this direct line.
***What is the story of the Tower of Babel?***
Now the whole earth had one language and few words. And as men migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth."
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, "Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."
So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the earth. - Genesis 11.
More Notes on the Tower of Babel
- Babylon was to bring (and stil is to bring) a one world order.
- PreBabylonian men were far superior to us.
- They had far better memories (we use about 10% of our brain, men from Adam's time used 100%).
- They also had smarter brains.
- They spoke 1 language and they lived five times longer than we do today.
***The foundation of the Tower of Babel has possibly been found.
(From http://unmuseum.mus.pa.us/babel.htm 's website)
Archaeologists examining the remains of the city of Babylon have found what appears to be the foundation of the tower: a square of earthen embankments some three-hundred feet on each side. The tower's most splendid incarnation was probably under King Nebuchadnezzar II who lived from 605-562 BC. The King rebuilt the tower to stand 295 feet high. According to an inscription made by the king the tower was constructed of "baked brick enameled in brilliant blue." The terraces of the tower may have also been planted with flowers and trees.
***The people took the science of astronomy and created astrology.
(From http://artvam.com/Article/Astrology_A_Little_Background/187 's website)
Astrology goes back to about 2900 BC. During this time, the Sumerians built temples in the form of pyramids. They did this to observe the stars and planets. Some say that it is even possible that Astrology goes back even farther than this but there is little evidence to support this theory.
It wasn't until about 2000 BC that the magi of Mesopotamia believed that there were indeed no accidents. He believed that everything in the universe including people, objects and all events, was connected. Not only did these magi, or priests study the stars but they also looked for omens in weather patterns. They would predict future events from the internal organs of many animals and even listened to the words of trees, dogs, cats and insects to hear what they had to say.
The main use of astrology, however, was to study the relationship between the position of the Earth and other bodies in the heavens such as planets, stars and even meteors and asteroids. They believed beyond any doubt that the position of each object in the universe has an effect on every person and even on our planet. It should be pointed out that with astrology, our Earth has no effect on these bodies themselves. This may or may not be true. Nobody knows for certain.***WE DO KNOW FOR CERTAIN. ASTROLOGY ISN'T A SCIENCE, RATHER A PERVERSION OF THE SCIENCE OF ASTRONOMY!
Random Note *** First century batteries have been found. These were found among the ruins of the Minoans.
Other Ziggurats as Copies of Babel: Other Places Folks Worshipped gods
- These stones are in astronomical alignment. They are so technologically advanced that we couldn't even figure out the alignment until computers came about.
- None of the stones have a foundation, so the folks who made Stone Henge had to figure out how much soil would compress. We didn't even start worrying about soil compression until about 75 years ago.
*** Eg. Myans : Cancun, Mexico
- Cancun means "nest of vipers"
- In one section, there was a stone ring sticking out of the wall. They placed a colored cloth about 12 ft off the ground and the object of the game was to take the cloth out of the ring while the other team tried to get it, too.
- The winner's prize was to get their heart ripped out and sacrificed.
- The ziggurrat contained a serpent head and during the Autumn and Spring equinox it appeared to look like a snake slithering
(From http://www.stevealten.com/Domain/professor.htm )
The Kukulcan pyramid in Chichen Itza is an example of the unexplainable Mayan ingenuity. The pyramid is a perfect ziggurat of stone, with 4 sides, each possessing 91 steps. With the platform at the top the count it equals 365--as in days of the year. What is far more amazing is that for over 1,000 years, on each Autumn and Spring Equinox, the afternoon sun creates the shadow of a giant serpent on the pyramid's northern balustrade. As the sun sets, the body of the serpent appears to descend the steps to meet with its stone head.
- Aztec/Myan Calendar was 365. (some decimal) days.
- They figured this out 4 places past the decimal. They were extremely smart people. They were right because we still consider 365 days/1 year.
Genealogy draws 4,000 years to Christ and 2,000 years from Christ to us.
- There is no problem with genealogy and the truth. The Bible lines it all up and shows us.
Bishop Usher calculated Oct. 4,004 B.C. was the year of Creation.
Ussher next turned his attention to identifying the precise date of Creation. Like many of his contemporary scholars, he assumed that God would choose to create the world on a date that corresponded with the sun being at one of its four cardinal points—either the winter or summer solstice or the vernal or autumnal equinox. This view sprang from the belief that God had a special interest in mathematical and astronomical harmony. The deciding factor for Ussher came from Genesis. When Adam and Eve found themselves in the Garden of Eden, the fruit was invitingly ripe. Ussher reasoned, therefore, that it must have been harvest time, which corresponded with the autumnal equinox: “I have observed that the Sunday, which in the year [4004 B.C.] aforesaid, came nearest the Autumnal Aequinox, by Astronomical Tables, happened upon the 23 day of the Julian October.” (FROM:
(Book: Animals of the World)
- The Mayans were the most accurate time keepers.
- Their calendar at year zero is within 50 years of the year Bishop Usher came up with.
- So you have a Biblical source and a very non Christian Source.
- Noah took the books already written on board to preserve the time line.
- Angkor Wat in Cambodia
Southeast Asia of a ziggurat set up to worship the sun, moon, and stars.
- Peru: Eldorado, city of gold Inca temple of the sun
- Machu Picchu built on rock, rapid running river, the base of Machu Picchu mountain is a village where people worship evil spirits and Jesus.
"The Temple of the Sun is a round tapered tower. The stonework of this temple is some of the finest in the city, outlining its importance. In the center of the temple is a carved rock with a straight edge. During the Summer solstice, this edge will precisely align with the light falling through the only window of the temple.
Observing the sun was very important to the Inca. During the winter solstice (when the Sun is furthest from the Earth), the Inca would hold a festival, which included sacrifice to bring the sun back.
Below the Sun Temple one can find the Royal Tomb, where it is said that Bingham found the remains of some important people. Unfortunately you cannot enter the Tomb, but you can have a peek inside.
Entrance into the Temple of the Sun is prohibited, but you can look inside from the structure above it.
Next to the Temple of the Sun stands a two-story building that got named Princess Palace. The stonework of this building with slightly inclining walls is better than that of most ordinary houses. This fact and the fact that it is bigger than most other housing structures suggest that someone important lived here (maybe even a Princess, who knows)." (From: http://www.opentravelinfo.com/travel_guide/south_america/peru/andean/machu_picchu_peru_inca_city_in_the_sky
- They built all houses they have 2 bulls with a basket between them and put a cross in the middle. They put their petition in the basket for the evil spirits, so they just added Jesus to the other gods.
"On the way up the hill you get a view of the grimy housing made out of Adobe bricks topped off with a corrugated iron roof and a Cross with at least one bull statue on every roof. " (From: http://www.epinions.com/review/trvl-Dest-Latin_America-Peru-Machu_Picchu/content_212559761028)
- Cusco - like a bowl and the light blinds you
-Massive stone blocks put together so tightly cut perfectly
- When you look at the shapes in the wall, you can see how they put animals in them.
Eg. Platypus found in the stones
- According to Evolutionists it evolved in Australia, what is it doing in an Incan stone wall?
- Either Inca is sailing or it was from Inca instead of "evolving" from Australia
- Noah's Ark and the flood ... everything died.
- Coal, oil, gas are all from the vegetation buried in the worldwide flood.
* If we study Nimrod, it will show us the prophecies of 1 world government today.
- We are in a crisis and the devil will take full advantage of it.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
Just making a little noise for my brother and our county football team who are playing their final game tomorrow in the playoffs to go to the State Championship. Hats off to you fellas! I am so proud of this team and I am especially proud of my little brother. He really has come a long way with this team. Today, the newspaper covered the team and the seniors. Coach Dudley Hilton spoke of my little bro this way:
"Helping pave the way for skill players is an offensive line led by senior tackle Jacob King, a four-year starter, and senior guard Billy Brittain.
“We’ve scored over 600 points this year and that’s a tribute to him and the whole offensive line,” Hilton said of King.
“I never thought Billy would get to play much at all, but he worked hard this off season and turned out to be a heck of an offensive guard for us and I’m very proud of him and what he’s accomplished for us.”'
Go little bro!
And I ask that each of you be much in Prayer for this team of Bobcats who are giving God all the glory for their victories this season and in years past. This is a good group of boys who really deserve to win a State Championship! God instructs us to bring everything to Him no matter how big or small.... so I am doing just that. I Prayed every play last Friday night and will spend tomorrow night doing the same. Please keep us in your Prayers all day tomorrow, at 7:30 tomorrow night, and always!
Bell County’s success built on senior leadership
By JAY COMPTON/Sports Editor
They’ve had back-to-back undefeated regular seasons and will be hosting Boyle County Friday night in the Class 4A semifinals.
The Bobcats are 25-1 over the last two years with their only loss coming in the playoffs last year after giving state champion Lexington Catholic their toughest test in the post-season.
One key to that success is the leadership on and off the field provided by 13 seniors.
“It’s unbelievable what they’ve done here since they’ve been at this high school,” said coach Dudley Hilton. “We’ve beat everybody in the area who would play us for the last two years. Look back on it now and maybe that’s why people don’t want to play us.”
With 318 career wins over 33 years coaching high school football, Hilton has seen his share of good teams and good players. He says what sets the current group of seniors apart is their unity and willingness to sacrifice individual accomplishments for the good of the team.
“They’ve always been winners since grade school and they’ve stuck together,” he said. “Most of them are baseball players and you look at what they did last year on the baseball team — winning the first regional in school history. Now they’ve won the football regional championship too.
“I look at them more as a group of winners. Not only in football, but in other sports and they’re all good in academics, too.”
Hilton said many of the players have set aside personal goals and are excelling at positions that may not have been their first choice.
“I don’t know if Shawnta has always wanted to be a quarterback but he wasn’t until his senior year. Tyler Harbin always wanted to be a fullback. We played him there some, but we needed him at defensive tackle. Matt Simpson always wanted to carry the ball and be a big-time running back, but we’ve had to depend on him at linebacker,” he said.
“That’s what kind of kids they are. They fit in to where they had to in order to make us a good, solid football team. It didn’t matter which position they played, they did it for the sake of the team.
“That’s one thing I can say as far as leadership — They’ve been willing to sacrifice some individual things for team accomplishments.”
Hilton will tell you that he doesn’t play for stats or try to showcase individual players and a look a rushing and passing attempts for each play bear that out.
Though stats aren’t always the best way to evaluate players, many of their numbers are impressive.
Greer, who was a second team All-State selection last season, has put together his third straight 1,000 yard season.
Though he missed one entire game and parts of two others because of injuries, he’s still ran for 1,314 yards and 21 touchdowns on 169 carries. He broke through for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter in last week’s regional championship win over Knox Central.
“Spencer’s had a great year,” Hilton said. “He got hurt early in the year and that kind of slowed him down a little bit, but he’s coming back into form.”
Zachery has completed 64-of-105 passes (61 percent) for 1,360 yards with 22 touchdowns and only one interception.
He kept his cool under pressure on a 3rd & long late in the fourth quarter Friday night and hooked up with junior Matt Raines for a 71-yard pass play that set up Greer’s late TD.
“Shawnta has been out there as a fixture for four years. He’s played at split end and cornerback, this year he’s taken over at quarterback and safety,” said Hilton. “He’s been true to it and I don’t know if we’ve still found out what all he can do.”
Ely has been Zachery’s favorite target this year as he has 23 catches for 419 yards and six touchdowns.
“He’s been out there as a three-year starter at safety and receiver,” said the coach.
Fullback Justin Goodin is a powerful lead blocker who has found the end zone 11 times. He ran for 329 yards on just 58 carries on the season.
“He’s been a two-year starter at fullback and he’s played a lot of linebacker this year,” Hilton said. “He’s a young man that’s really come along. He’s one of the key players on our football team.”
Helping pave the way for skill players is an offensive line led by senior tackle Jacob King, a four-year starter, and senior guard Billy Brittain.
“We’ve scored over 600 points this year and that’s a tribute to him and the whole offensive line,” Hilton said of King.
“I never thought Billy would get to play much at all, but he worked hard this off season and turned out to be a heck of an offensive guard for us and I’m very proud of him and what he’s accomplished for us.”
On defense the Bobcats allowed just 21 points during the regular season — the fewest in the state. They are ranked number three in rushing defense with just 71 yards per game allowed on the ground and are also in the top ten in passing yards allowed.
Harbin and Slusher up front and Simpson at linebacker are three of the cogs on Bell County’s top-ranked defensive unit.
“What can you say about Tyler, he’s played about everywhere we’ve wanted him to play — defensive tackle, tight end, full back — and he’s done a great job,” Hilton said of his defensive tackle.
“Robbie Slusher started at end last year and we moved him to guard and he’s really adjusted to that and had a great career,” the coach added.
“Matt Simpson started as a freshman at fullback and has played linebacker the last two years,” said Hilton. “He’s led us in tackling this year and has been all over the place. He’s also a good running back.”
Simpson has run for 428 yards on just 36 carries with six touchdowns and is nearing 80 tackles on the season.
Merrick’s field goals from 30 and 47 yards last week were huge in a five-point win. He added another extra point to his state career record in that game as well.
He’s been honorable mention All-State the past two seasons and after a big summer on the camp circuit he’s one of the top college kicking prospects in the country.
“He’s kicked here for four years and broke every record coming and going,” Hilton said.
Overbay sees some time at wide receiver, but has been especially valuable to the Bobcats as the holder for Merrick’s field goal and extra point attempts.
“He’s one that just came out for one year, but Lord are we glad he did come out,” said Hilton.
The coach said Brad Slusher was injured his junior year and got behind, but never gave up and continues to work hard with the team.
“Kyle Fuson has been good scout player for us and played hard,” Hilton said. “He’s just not been able to break into the lineup.”
Now just one game away from reaching the state championship game, the coach said he’s been impressed with how the team has handled high expectations this year.
“Rockcastle County and Knox Central were two hard teams to beat and we had to beat them twice and that’s a heck of an accomplishment,” he said. “That’s a lot of pressure on our kids. Like last week, we had a lot to lose and not a whole lot to win because everybody already had us winning.
“That shows you what kind of character this team has.”
Bell County’s seniors have led the team to 25-1 record over the past two seasons. Pictured above during pre-season picture day are the Bobcat seniors, front row (from left): Robbie Slusher, Justin Goodin, Spencer Greer, Adam Overbay, Kyle Fuson and Matt Simpson. Back row (from left): Billy Brittain, Monte Merrick, Tyler Harbin, Chase Ely, Brad Slusher, Jacob King and Shawnta Zachery.(JAY COMPTON/Daily News) (COURTESY OF THE MIDDLESBORO DAILY NEWS, YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT THIS NEWSPAPER HERE.... http://www.middlesborodailynews.com/articles/2008/12/04/sports/997seniors.txt)
Psalm 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in time of trouble.
(Photos courtesy of Elaine Ely... actually I think that's where they are from... I stole them from Billy)