Portville 12 vs. Falconer
Thursday, Nov. 4 7:30 pm
Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park
$5 Tickets at PCS or Tops
$7 Gate (opens at 4:30 pm)
Interview with Big Jim Hawbaker, PANTHER NATION SUPER FAN
pcs1979.com: Thanks for taking the time off from bow
season to speak with us, Big Jim.
Big Jim: You betcha, son. There's only one thing
better than huntin' deer, and that's watchin' and talkin' Portville Football.
79: What do think about the upcoming championship game
against #1 Falconer?
Big Jim: I'm proud of what these boys have done
so far, and I know they have it in 'em to go further, dagnabit. But their goin' up against a strong and classy
squad who beat the poop outta them in week four. One of my biggest worries is that their heads and bodies may think
it's still the Cleve Hill game, and they won't hit and tackle hard enough. But I believe these boys learned their lesson
after the first Falconer game.
79: What do you think of Portville's chances of upsetting
the Golden Falcons?
Big Jim: I like 'em. And I say that because Coach
Swetland has dudes like Shane Hood, that Getty kid...Jeremy Taylor and the rest...pushin' the first team to be better in practice.
People think football's all about gameday, but it ain't...it's 90% practice and Portville's second-teamers make it happen
day in and day out. They help Nitsche and company become what they are - a fine team that should and can win some more
79: Any other observations that only Big Jim could make?
Big Jim: Well, I'll mention some other boys who've stepped
up when called upon - Matt Blue on special teams, Burlingame at corner, and frosh Jeremy Reynolds, who comes from a long line
of bricklayers. And I say that in a positive sense. And Kirk Austin. That young man has shown me alot
79: Yes, Austin has definitely helped fill the shoes
of Scotty Forrest, who's now playing for Alfred.
Big Jim: Yessiree. I really hope he crosses the
endzone at Rich, er the Ralph. I can't seem to get outta the habit of calling it Rich. Could you imagine that?
Scoring a TD in the steps of OJ Simpson, Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Cookie Gilchrist, or even Barry Sanders, who I saw there
in '91. Yeehaa!
79: Didn't Walter Payton score one in Buffalo back in
Big Jim: I watched that one from the ER at ECMC.
I think so. But whatever. These Portville lads have are lookin' at a 12-point ready to be bagged from 30 feet...bow...on
a crisp November mornin' up in the Basin. If they win, life will be good. Very good. And I'm glad that Nick
Prozeller, Jared Warner, and Kris Young are contributing and gettin' a taste of this zone.
79: What are Portville's keys to winning on Thursday
Big Jim: Like I always say, the TEAM must execute what
they know to be effective against this particular Falconer squad, which has a different QB this time 'round. A lefty.
And doggonit, they gotta attack, block hard, wrap up better in tacklin', and become TERMINATORS before they get terminated.
I also expect dudes like Ross Degolier to take 'er to the next level. I know this
kid can do it, cuz I've seen'm do it before. I wanna see Stephen, Steen, and Sprague go all get-out.
The Panther have got to stop Erickson, Jones, and Lodestro. And the bring the full
package. I know the coaches will.
Of course, the big studs like Miller, Caya, Hill, and the other trench workers must perform
And that's all I have to say...I gotta help Mother Hawbaker cook up some chow for these
hungry bow hunters.
79: Thanks again for your comments and time, Big Jim.
See you at the Ralph.