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foot­ball. Sure, we’re look­ing for­ward to that.”

The run de­fense for Baltimore, in par­tic­u­lar, will have its hands full on Sun­day, as it at­tempts to con­tain rookie run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott, who cur­rently leads the NFL in rush­ing. On the flip side, the Cow­boys will at­tempt to find run­ning room against the league’s top rush de­fense, which al­lows an NFL-low 71.3 yards per game.

“Yes, we have our be­liefs and our phi­los­o­phy [on de­fense]. Cer­tainly, the Ravens, since 1996, have chased that. I think that is some­thing that [Ravens gen­eral man­ager] Ozzie [New­some] cer­tainly be­lieves in, too. Ozzie and I have had many con­ver­sa­tions about how we want to play and who we want to be and how to get there. That is some­thing that has been here for quite a while,” Har- baugh said. “I think Ozzie has al­ways drafted to­ward big, phys­i­cal guys up front. We have al­ways had them, and we have them now. We have had our lulls at times, where we have not de­fended the run, but we have al­ways wanted to get back and de­fend the run well. We do not want to have that prob­lem.

“But you know what? I’m telling you what – that ar­ti­cle – I’m re­ally not in­ter­ested in be­ing quoted in the ar­ti­cle about how good the run de­fense is, be­cause we have a game to play next week, and we are play­ing against a re­ally good run of­fense,” he added. “Af­ter that game, it will be an­other one. Un­til the sea­son is over and un­til you can look at the stats look­ing back on the sea­son, to me, you just have to keep on im­prov­ing. Be­lieve me, we can get bet­ter at our run de­fense. As well as they are play­ing, it can be even bet­ter, and that is what we are chas­ing.”

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SPE­CIAL TO THE WHIG

North East se­nior Rose Ben­jamin, cen­ter, signs to con­tinue her soc­cer play­ing ca­reer at Goldey-Bea­com Col­lege. Pic­tured be­hind her, left to right: In­di­ans head coach Matt Roberts, Ben­jamin’s fa­ther, Mike, her mother, Su­san, and her coach with the Ce­cil Fire Club, Don Harmer.

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