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Vols Went Down To UGA – With Video

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So the last couple of weeks have been crazy for me and I have not had a lot of time to post much on the blog. After my root canal yesterday (oh, that was fun), I was sent some audio about the upcoming University of Tennessee vs University of Georgia football game this weekend and thought I would have some fun with it and add some video. Here is what I made last night:

The original audio came from the Andy and Alison show (from Knoxville) which you can see on their Facebook page (on 9/28/16) here: https://www.facebook.com/andyalisonwivk/?pnref=story.

GO VOLS!!!

Scott E

Long Reach High Football Now 4 And 0 After Win Over Oakland Mills High

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Via the Baltimore Sun:

A Sloppy, gritty football game wouldn’t usually end in Long Reach’s favor in recent seasons. After all, the program won just three games the previous two years, and had the second-worst defense in the county in 2015 with 330 points allowed.

But this is a new Lightning team, and the defense helped prove that in a 14-7 victory over visiting Oakland Mills Friday night to move to 4-0.

It’s the first time they have been undefeated this late in the season since starting 7-0 in 2004.

“You never apologize for winning,” Long Reach coach Jamie Willis said after his team held on to a 14-0 first-quarter lead to beat the Scorpions for the first time since 2012. “It builds some character. The last few weeks we were able to do some things offensively and how they played us on defense … gave us some issues. But a win is a win. We’ll take it.”

Long Reach scored on its first possession of the game, as running back KaDarrian Booker broke free up the middle for a 39-yard touchdown run on the third play of the drive. It would turn out to be the only offensive score of the game for either team, as both team’s defenses dominated the contest throughout.

The Scopions went three-and-out on their first drive, and then their next five drives ended with a lost fumble, punt, another lost fumble, and interceptions on back-to-back possessions between the first and second quarters.

Long Reach failed to capitalize on the first three turnovers, but not on the fourth. Luis Gooden Jr. picked off Oakland Mills quarterback Aaron Gibson’s pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown with 10 seconds left in the first quarter to put the Lightning up 14-0.

The Scorpions, however, were able to overcome most of the turnovers and found life in the fourth quarter thanks to their own defense.

Shallon Robinson, who stepped in to play quarterback for a struggling Gibson early in the third quarter, intercepted a pass from Long Reach quarterback Tyler Raines and took it 25 yards for Oakland Mills’ only touchdown with less than nine minutes to play.

“We’re always in the game – we’re always preaching that and we’re not lying to them,” said Oakland Mills coach Tom Browne, who added that he put Robinson in at quarterback to “change it up” and get a “spark.”

“It was nice to back in the game and the defense was excited to get back on the field because they’ve been balling all night. We just couldn’t get it done on offense.”

On the Scorpions’ next offensive drive, it looked like they were going to have a first-and-goal at the Lightning 1 after Robinson completed a 90-yard pass to Jordan Hopkins, who caught a slant over the middle and sped down the left sideline. However, the referees called a block in the back penalty on Oakland Mills, which moved the ball back 54 yards to its own 45 yard line.

The Scorpions (2-2) managed to gain just one yard on the next four plays and turned the ball over on downs, and Long Reach managed to get a first down to ice the game.

“Honestly the play went by so fast I don’t know, but I’d have to see it on film,” said Browne. “Chances are it’s not even on the film, but that’s not why we lost the football game. We lost the football game because we turned the ball over [a bunch] of times and they outplayed us. … We made a ton of mistakes.”

The Scorpions turned the ball over four times in the first half, and had four more in the second half, including two additional interceptions. They also committed eight penalties while on offense, several of which came after long first or second down gains that pushed them backwards.

“If you don’t take care of the football, you’re probably not going to win a high school football game against a good team, and that’s exactly what they are,” Browne said. “They’re a good football team, and my hat goes off to them.”

Long Reach, meanwhile, missed several opportunities to cash in on offense. It had a 17-play drive stall at the Oakland Mills 24 in the second quarter, and failed to get points on a drive that started inside Scorpions’ territory just before halftime.

Early in the third, Chad Brown intercepted Gibson’s final pass of the night at the Scorpions’ 36, but the offense went three-and-out. A costly holding penalty nullified what would have been a 41-yard touchdown pass from Raines to Emmanuel Ekop Jr.

On their next drive late in the third quarter, Booker lost a fumble in Oakland Mills’ territory on the first play.

“We left a lot of points on the board,” said Booker, who finished the game with 26 carries for 89 yards and a touchdown. “The defense stepped up. They basically pitched a shutout, and we turned the ball over. Our defense really gave the game to us.”

But the Lightning defense came up big time and time again down the stretch. Dane Lynch Jr. ended Oakland Mills’ best offensive drive by intercepting Robinson’s pass at the goal line with less than 10 minutes to go. Jeree Willie also had an interception for Long Reach.

Raines has been one of the top quarterbacks in the county but struggled for much of the night. He went 7-for-22 for 68 yards passing and an interception. Willis said the Oakland Mills defense caused havoc with so many blitzes.

But he was proud of the way his defense played in all aspects.

“Our defense and our [defensive backs] are outstanding. They played lights out. And our defensive line played well,” Willis said. “… The one thing we’ve really stressed over the last few years is not playing for yourself, but playing for the guy next to you. In games like that, when you play for the guy next to you, you get games like this. You pull it out for them and you just keep fighting, and that’s what they did. They kept fighting and our defense played a hell of a game.”

Browne said he was excited about how well his defense played, and looking at the big picture, he said his team would be “fine” going forward.

“It’s a marathon. It’s a 10-game season and you can’t look a minute down the road,” he said. “It’s our job as coaches to make those kids realize that. … It’s a long season and there’s going to be tons of ups and downs.”

Gibson finished the game 6-for-17 passing for 49 yards and two interceptions, while Robinson went 3-for-12 with 46 yards and an interception. Jorie Kolliegbo led the Scorpions with 15 carries for 41 yards.

Long Reach (4-0) – 14 0 0 0 – 14

Oakland Mills (2-2) – 0 0 0 7 – 7

Scoring plays:First quarter

LR: KaDarrian Booker 39-yard run, Arthur Yann Nkonoandjouo kick [7-0]

LR: Luis Gooden Jr. 25-yard interception return [14-0]

Fourth quarter

OM: Shallon Robinson 25-yard interception return [14-7]

Next week LRHS will be home vs Centennial High School at 7:00pm. Go Lightning!!!

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Candidates – Maryland’s 1st Congressional District – September Technology Outreach Scorecard Suspended

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MD01 is another race I have decided to just throw in the towel on following. Overall the online outreach is minimal and I don’t see Werner or Beers making a significant challenge to Harris at this point. With only 47 days until the election, it very much looks like Congressman Harris will be elected for his 4th term. That being said, here are some resources for those still interested:

The candidates: To see the full list of candidates click here

(D) Joe Werner: http://www.wernerformaryland.com/

(R) Andy Harris: http://www.andyharris.com/

(L) Matt Beers: http://www.beersforcongress.com/

Past evaluation and articles:

AugustJulyJunePrimary Results | (Scorecard Suspended) January

Scott E

Candidates – Maryland’s 7th Congressional District – September Technology Outreach Scorecard Suspended

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With 48 days until the election, I have decided to suspend this scorecard. Seriously does anyone think that Congressman Cummings can lose this race? I don’t. He never receives less than 70% of the vote (OK, in 2014 he got 69.9%) and this year there is no candidate strong enough to get any closer than past candidates. This grouping of candidates running against him is pretty bad with online outreach which is why I am suspending this scorecard. That being said, here are some resources for those still interested:

The candidates: To see the full list of candidates click here

(D) Elijah Cummings: www.cummingsforcongress.com

(R) Corrogan Vaughn: http://vaughn4congress.com

(I) Andre Odell Kersey: http://www.kerseyforcongress.com/

(L) Scott Soffen: http://www.whyvotelibertarian.com

(G) Myles B. Hoenig: http://www.hoenig2016.com

Past evaluation and articles:

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Scott E

 

HoCoBOE Candidate Interviews – General Election

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I am starting up a second round of Howard County Board of Education candidate interviews (on Scott E’s Blog Talk Radio Show) during the month of September. I have reached out to all six candidates and here is the schedule (note – I will update this as I hear back from other candidates):

September 21st, 2:00pm – Kirsten Coombs (LISTEN HERE)

September 23rd, Noon – Christina Delmont-Small (LISTEN HERE)

September 27th, 10:00am – Vicky Cutroneo (LISTEN HERE)

September 28th, 11:00am – Robert Miller (LISTEN HERE)

September 29th, 3:00pm – Janet Siddiqui (LISTEN HERE)

October 1st, 9:30am – Mavis Ellis (LISTEN HERE)

I am still waiting to hear back from one candidate…hopefully I will get them scheduled soon.

The format of these interviews: The first time around I talked to the candidates about their backgrounds and why they were running for BOE. This time around I will be asking the candidates three questions. What three questions you ask…well you will just have to tune in to find out. I can tell you the candidates will get different questions that I have seen in the news related to the Board of Education or the school system. Some examples may include (Executive Order to start after Labor day, thoughts about the Budget Committee, Downtown development and the impact on schools, communications from the Board to residents of Howard County and more).

Do you have a question you would like me to ask? Send me an email (lscottewart@me.com) and I will review it and potentially add it into the mix of questions. You can also submit a question on the form below:

Scott E

Titans and Ravens Report – Week 2

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What a crazy week two for both the Titans and Ravens. Both teams started slow but bounced back for big wins. Here is your weekly recap:

Baltimore Ravens (2-0)

(Via AP) Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Mike Wallace and the Baltimore Ravens rallied from a 20-point deficit and beat the Cleveland Browns 25-20 on Sunday.

Justin Tucker kicked three field goals – the last with 2:56 left – and the Ravens (2-0), who trailed 20-0 in the first quarter, withstood Cleveland’s final drive to improve to 15-2 against the Browns under coach John Harbaugh.

Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley intercepted Browns quarterback Josh McCown at the goal line with 13 seconds left to seal the win.

Baltimore was a point from trailing by three touchdowns in the opening quarter before blocking an extra point and returning it for two points and igniting the comeback.

McCown stayed in the game despite an injured left shoulder for the Browns (0-2), who were hurt by a missed field goal and three costly penalties in the fourth quarter.

McCown completed a 20-yard pass in the final minute Terrelle Pryor to the Baltimore 10, but the play was nullified because the wide receiver was called for taunting when he flipped the ball toward Ravens defensive back Lardarius Webb.

McCown, filling in for Robert Griffin III who broke a shoulder bone in last week’s opener, threw a pair of TD passes to rookieCorey Coleman and Isaiah Crowell had an 85-yard touchdown run for the Browns.

Cleveland scored three touchdowns in the first quarter – two in a span of 2:13 – to stun the Ravens, but Flacco brought his team back and finished 25 of 45 for 302 yards.

McCown briefly went to the locker room in the first quarter with an injured left shoulder, but returned and went 20 of 33 for 260 yards.

My comment:

A really slow start had all Ravens fans concerned early in this game but the Ravens settled down and pulled out the win. Just a reminder…the Ravens have not had a loss in 2016 (preseason or regular season). The running game is still struggling but the team finds ways to win. Mike Wallace has become “The Man” in the receiving game.

Tennessee Titans (1-1)

(Via AP) Marcus Mariota converted a fourth down with a perfectly lofted 9-yard pass to Andre Johnson with 1:13 left, lifting the Tennessee Titans to a 16-15 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Mariota dropped the pass over linebacker Tahir Whitehead to Johnson just before safety Rafael Bush could get to the veteran receiver to potentially break up the pass.

The Titans (1-1) ended a five-game losing streak, dating to last December, after Mariota threw two TD passes in the fourth quarter after trailing 15-3.

The Lions (1-1) had an opportunity to drive for a second straight game-winning field goal, but Matthew Stafford threw an interception to Perrish Cox at midfield in the final minute. They had won seven of nine, dating to midway through the 2015 season.

Tennessee started five possessions in Detroit at their 9 or closer to their end zone, making it tough to win the battle of field position. DeMarco Murray flipped the field once with a 67-yard run, his longest since 2011 when he was a rookie with theDallas Cowboys, but the Titans didn’t take advantage because of penalties in the flag-filled game that included 29 penalties.

Tennessee went 93 yards on 13 plays over nearly 6 minutes on the game-winning drive.

My comments:

The running game was a bit better this week (Murray – 89 yards and Henry – 40 yards) but the real story of this game was the improved defense and the BIG catch by Andre Johnson at the end of the game. Thank goodness the Titans signed him this offseason. He may not have huge stats this season but he is there in these situations when the Titans need him.

The Ravens go on the road next week taking on the Jaguars (0-2) and the Titans will host the Raiders (1-1). Both games will be at 1:00pm EST.

Scott E

Candidates – Maryland’s 8th Congressional District – September Technology Outreach Scorecard

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Only 50 days until Maryland voters pick their new member of Congress to represent MD08. Which candidate is doing the best at reaching out to voters online? Here are the numbers…

The candidates: To see the full list of candidates click here

(D) Jamie Raskin: https://jamieraskin.com/

(R) Dan Cox: http://www.coxforcongress.org/

(L) Jasen Wunder: No Website Found

(G) Nancy Wallace: www.nancywallace.us

The Scorecard: (Click the follower numbers below to view the social media page)

Candidates

Facebook Followers

Twitter Followers

Jamie Raskin 4,900 (+80) 4,857 (+127)
Dan Cox 860 (+244) 1,060 (+671)
Jasen Wunder 433 (+34) 265 (+6)
Nancy Wallace  892 (+138) 139 (+68)

Notes:

  • Facebook – Cox added the most new followers over the past month. Wallace was the number two in adding new followers and Raskin continues to add new followers at a consistent pace.
  • Twitter – Cox by far added the most new followers. It sometimes concerns me when an account adds that many new followers in one month but as I look at the account, I noticed they have continued following my advice (following other accounts) and that may be the reason for the significant jump. My hope is that the new followers are local and not something else. Raskin was a distant number two in adding new followers. Wallace was number three…but still a significant jump for that account.
  • Other –
    • Wunder still continues his campaign without an actual website. An actual original tweet from time to time might be a good thing going forward.

A significant factor in evaluating online outreach is looking at follower engagement. In September, I am focusing my reviews on recent Twitter engagement. Want to know how I get the numbers? READ THIS. Here are the recent Twitter numbers for the candidates:

Candidate

Tweets Evaluated

Engagement Score

Raskin

7 most recent

132

Cox

7 most recent

36

Wunder

No original tweets

0

Wallace

7 most recent

47

Notes:

  • Raskin had by far the highest recent engagement (likes and retweets) on Twitter. Not a big surprise given his follower advantage.
  • Wallace outpaced cox for the number two spot with recent engagement. This was a bit of a surprise given the high number of new followers Cox picked up.
  • Wunder has lots of retweets on his account but no original tweets over the past week. All candidates should give an original voice to your social media accounts (in my opinion).

Online outreach leader for September: RaskinRaskin has the most followers, the highest engagement (on Twitter) and continues to add new followers at a consistent pace. I really like what I see from Cox and Wallace and their online outreach efforts will help come November with their get out the vote (#GOTV) efforts.

Of course the reality of followers, likes, and subscribers does not mean a lot when it comes down to voting in the end, but it can show trends in a campaign cycle and makes a great resource for following all of the candidates.

Scott E