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The Loneliest Number

November 3, 2013
Terry Vaughan

Harry Nilsson was right.

The legendary singer/songwriter penned the song and placed it in his 1967 album entitled Aerial Ballet.

Three Dog Night released it two years later in their debut album and it became a top 5 Billboard hit.

One is The Loneliest Number

Bradford fans can relate following the hard fought 21-20 loss to Keystone Friday night. There is nothing that leaves you with more of an empty feeling than falling short by a single digit with so much at stake.

It was, however, a battle befitting a game between two backyard rivals with a District championship on the line.

Both teams left it all on the field and it came down to the final minute with the outcome still in doubt. Alas, a missed extra point was all that separated these valiant squads.

One is the Loneliest Number That You Will Ever Do....

Ironically, it was an aerial ballet that propelled the typically ground oriented Indians to victory. A 49 yard bomb from QB Blake Valenzuela to Tight End Micah Brown tied the game seconds before the end of the first half and Brown's 4th down reception on a throw back to the Tight End in the 4th quarter set up the Indians go-ahead score.

Chuck Dickinson's team deserves a lot of credit for finding a way to win despite not having the services of star tailback Anton Noble. And Steve Reynold's Tornadoes earned kudos for playing with excellent effort and passion.

Like the worn joke regarding horseshoes and hand grenades-close doesn't get it done in most cases. The reward for being District Runner-up? Bradford must now travel to Jacksonville on November 15th to face a talented and ranked Raines team.

Harry and Three Dog Night also kinda summed up Keystone's prize for capturing the District:

Two Can be as Bad as One, It's the Loneliest Number Since the Number One

Regarding the hand that is now dealt, there is not much difference at the pay window of fate regarding  Number One from Number two.

In District 4-4A, the top seed gets a coveted home game in the opening round of the playoffs..but the Indians now must face perennial state power Jacksonville Bolles.  Thanks a lot FHSAA.

Not exactly a kind draw for either team, but at least Keystone will have bragging rights in the rivalry and some hardware to place in the trophy case....and a chance to play in front of a friendly crowd.

Meanwhile, Steve Reynolds must find a way to get his guys to shake off the disappointment and get ready to wrap up the regular season at Gainesville Eastside this Friday.

Three Dog Night derived its name from an old Australian saying used to illustrate how cold it was expected to get before morning. On a really chilly evening it can take up to three dogs to keep you warm. For Bradford, last Friday's one point loss sure felt like a three dog night, but hopefully they can enjoy some warm and fuzzy outcomes in future seasons.