Hills School Board and the Harrison Hills Teachers Association reached a tentative agreement and elected to suspend the strike. The teachers headed back to the schools Friday, while students had the day off and will be back on
Monday. Also Friday, the Huskies football team returned to the
field and defeated Wintersville Indian Creek 36-35 in
The teachers headed back to the schools on Friday for a teacher work day. The students had the day off and will be back in classrooms on Monday. Also Friday, the Huskies football team returned to the field and defeated Wintersville Indian Creek 36-35 in overtime.
“I don’t think in any occasion in my life I could be prouder of a group of young men than I am of these guys,” Harrison Central head coach Justin Kropka said after the win, “What a credit to our assistant coaching staff and our kids that after a full week of missing practice – and then I could not be there this week – and we can come out and play like we did tonight.”
Harrison Central had been unable to practice last week due to the teachers strike and although the team returned to the field Monday, coaches that were also teachers were unable to cross picket lines to attend. That meant Kropka had to rely on his senior quarterback Robbie Davia to provide some leadership.
“It was hard to run a practice with three coaches, but our team stuck together,” Davia said. “We had 50 of our 52 players show up this week, and it was hard to work on schemes and plays with just three coaches. I think everyone stepped up this week and to come through everything and win a game like this says a lot about our team.”
Davia ran for two touchdowns and scored on a two-point conversion in regulation. The senior signal caller ran the ball for 17 yards to set up Taylor Banks’ score in overtime and then clinched the win for the Huskies when Kropka decided to go for two in the extra frame.
“We had a pass play called but they had been blitzing people off the outside all night ,” Davia said. “They came from the right side and after I turned around and the blitz went by me, that whole side was open and luckily I was able to dive into the end zone for the two.”
Indian Creek had come out following their last score set up for a two-point conversion but called a time out and returned to kick the PAT for the tie.
Kropka chose to go for the win in overtime.
“I told our coaches ‘What the hell’ we aren’t even supposed to be here, let’s go for the win,” Kropka said. “You draw up a play and sometimes it doesn’t work. No. 4 makes you look smart and if it comes down to one play I want it in Robbie Davia’s hands.”