NFL HALL OF FAMER Jack Ham had to be drooling at the mouth over James Harrison’s performance Monday night.

Harrison registered nine tackles (eight solo), 3.5 sacks, six quarterback hits, an interception, one defensed pass, three forced fumbles (one on special teams) and one recovered fumble in the Steelers’ 38-7 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Harrison forced a fumble and recovered the ball on the Baltimore 20 that led to a first-quarter drive to the end zone to start Pittsburgh on their way to a 35-point first half.

That was probably one of the most dominating defensive performances ever put forth in the NFL.

I’ve even heard some players calling it a video game like performance.

Very true.

I don’t recall ever having one of my defensive players do that in any of the football games that I’ve played during my day as a video game player.

? For those hoops fans out there, your wait for some quality local hoops is about to end very soon, especially those of you wanting to watch some former local standouts.

Former Grove City High School standout Mike Johnson leads his Eastern University Eagles into Lawrence County next Friday and Saturday for the Westminster College Tip-Off Tournament.

Eastern plays Carthage at 6 p.m. Friday and then again sometime Nov. 17 at Buzz Ridl Gymnasium.

Another former GCHS standout Julie Molloy returns to the area after one year at Division I St. Bonaventure when she and the Slippery Rock University women’s basketball team heads to Clarion County for the Clarion Classic Nov. 16 and 17. The Rock plays at 4 p.m. both days.

Their opponent for the 2007-08 lidlifter will be the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and former Lakeview standout Sheena Aden, who starts at point guard for the Lady Panthers as a true freshman.

Corey J. Corbin is the Sports Editor for Allied News. He can be reached

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