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Define physical

The physical component of play is huge for Eastland. I'm trying to figure out exactly how much the officials are going to let the Cougars flex that advantage.

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Scoreboard. I'm not chanting. That's just what it is, after the first period.

It's early. The game is only 8 minutes old. But I'm already curious how much the officials are going to let Eastland use the deadliest arrow in its quiver: the Cougars' physicality.

Early on, there were a couple of tic-tac fouls called. In the final 2 minutes, I counted three (glaring, really) fouls that went by the boards. Most notably, Shaner appeared to have a cape on a jumper, the Trojan he blew by left with a handful of jersey.

But in the closing seconds, Shaner got away with a monster hack, as Angel Sierra noted. I told you Angel came to play today. Got a bonus analyst. We'll take all the help we can get.

Bottom line? The physical component of play, yet again, is going to be telling in this one.

As I finish this entry, Eastland has made it a 16-13 lead.

Are we having fun yet?

Yes. Yes we are.

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