BELPRE - Needless to say, Greg Adams was quite pleased with his Belpre football team's impressive 54-0 throttling of host Zanesville Rosecrans last Saturday night.
But the fourth-year Golden Eagle grid mentor knows too well that his 1-0 squad will face a tougher test by far in Fort Frye come 7:30 p.m. Friday in Belpre's home opener.
It all went pretty much Belpre's way versus Rosecrans - a shutout; 361 yards, including 243 rushing, to just 45 total for the Bishops; six players scoring touchdowns, three by tailback Manney Tullius, who ran for 129 yards on only seven carries.
The win marked the first time the Golden Eagles under Adams' direction had begun a season with a victory.
But he made the point that now Fort Frye, also 1-0 after a 23-17 Week 1 win over River, is Belpre's focal point. "It's good to be 1-0, but we've never beaten Fort Frye since I've been head coach here," said Adams.
And Cadet senior Chandler Lang has drawn most of the attention from Adams and his staff. "They do a lot of things with him," said Adams. "They played him at quarterback and running back against River, so it's no telling where he'll be. But he can make things happen wherever he plays."
Adams thought the season-opening triumph was just a continuation of last year's late surge of three wins in the final four games to finish the season with a 4-6 record after notching only one win in his first two years at the Belpre football helm.
Plus too, the Golden Eagle offense is more diverse this season, which should pose some problems for foes, with notably better depth and more talent at wide receiver, to go along with what may be a return to what was once a Belpre grid staple - a sound, solid hard-hitting defensive unit. After Fort Frye, the Golden Eagles move into the eight-game TVC Hocking Division portion of their schedule, with the first two tilts at Southern and then at home against Wahama.