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Tall, long and wiry, Ohio Bobcats receiver Brendan Cope lines up at Peden Stadium’s 25-yard line. He peers over at his quarterback – JD Sprague for this particular drill – awaiting a signal. Sprague hikes the ball, rolls out and tosses a touchdown dime to Cope on a post route.

There is no place like home.

That’s what the Ohio Bobcats (1-2) are thinking this week, as they finally prepare for their first home game of the season after playing three-straight on the road to begin the season.

Ohio’s five-match winning streak was broken Thursday as the Bobcats fell to Northwestern University in five sets (24-26, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 17-15) in their first game of the Wildcat Challenge in Evanston, Ill.

Over the last two seasons, the River Valley Raiders won a combined three games. But this season, the Raiders have started on fire, winning each of their first three games.

Ohio University announced plans Wednesday for a new “state-of-the-art” academic center that will be located behind the north end zone at Peden Stadium, as well as a fundraising campaign to finance the project.

The NFL and NFL Players Association announced a new drug policy on Wednesday afternoon, and it has some implications on some former Bobcats.

In Ohio football’s recent bowl run, continuity in the coaching staff has been a key to the Bobcats’ success. As the ‘Cats battle through 2014 to make their sixth-straight bowl appearance, two more familiar faces patrol the sidelines as coaches.

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Through the first three weeks of the 2014 season, it has been anything but a struggle for the Point Pleasant Knights (3-0), as they have dispensed of all three of their opponents in impressive fashion.

For a conference that was on the brink of disassembling before the 2014 season began, the SEOAL has provided plenty of excitement through the first three games. The Jackson Ironmen sit atop the standings with a perfect 3-0 record after shutting out its last two opponents.

In the first nine volleyball matches of her senior season, Hannah Burkle has already recorded more kills and blocks than her previous seasons as a Bobcat combined.

Ohio senior goalkeeper Brittany Walker and freshman Megan Silveira were named Mid-American Conference field hockey defensive and offensive player of the week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday, Sept. 16.

 

1) Trimble Tomcats (3-0)

It’s so-good so-far for the majority of the TVC-Ohio with all but Megis and Vinton County accumulating winning records through the first three weeks.

Ohio University announced plans Wednesday for a new “state-of-the-art” academic center that will be located behind the north end zone at Peden Stadium, as well as a fundraising campaign to finance the project.

The NFL and NFL Players Association announced a new drug policy on Wednesday afternoon, and it has some implications on some former Bobcats.

The first quarter of the season is over and the race to the top of the MVL is a tight one. The defending league champion Tri-Valley Scotties sits atop of the conference for now but don’t blink just yet.

The leaves are beginning to fall off the trees, the sun is going down sooner and the Friday night’s wind is growing the baby teeth to winter’s harsh bite. It’s football season and three weeks in, the power players in West Virginia are beginning to show themselves.

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