Trump, Biden zero in on swing states that are key to victory

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — With Election Day just three weeks away, President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden concentrated Tuesday on battleground states both see as critical to clinching an Electoral College victory, tailoring their travel to best motivate voters who could cast potentially decisive ballots.

Biden went to Florida to court seniors, looking to deliver a knockout blow in a state Trump needs to win while trying to woo a group whose support for the president has slipped. And Trump visited Pennsylvania, arguably the most important state on the electoral map, unleashing fierce attacks on Biden’s fitness for office in his opponent’s backyard.

“He’s shot, folks. I hate to tell you, he’s shot,” Trump told a big rally crowd in Johnstown, saying there was extra pressure on him to win because Biden was the worst presidential candidate of all time. “Can you imagine if you lose to a guy like this? It’s unbelievable.”

In his second rally since contracting the coronavirus, Trump spoke for more than an hour to a crowd of thousands packed in tightly and mostly maskless. Like the night before in Florida, Trump seemed healthy, and his rhetoric on the pandemic — including the dubious claim that it was mostly a thing of the past — changed little despite his own illness, except for his threat to kiss audience members to prove his immunity.

Trump made a local pitch, hammering home the claim that a Democratic administration could limit fracking in areas where the economy is heavily dependent on energy, despite Biden’s proposal to only bar new leases on federal land, a fraction of U.S. fracking operations. And Trump, touting his elimination of a federal rule that would have brought more low-income housing to the suburbs, zeroed in on groups whose support he has struggled


College Park marches to victory over Fort Bend Austin

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SUGAR LAND — In its third-straight game outside of Montgomery County, College Park made itself comfortable early in a 46-7 win over host Fort Bend Austin at Mercer Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Cavaliers (2-1) raced out to a 20-0 lead in the first quarter, then marched to victory in the non-district meeting.

“The kids did a great job,” College Park coach Lonnie Madison said. “Every win is a good win. We’re in the third game of the season and we’re still trying to evaluate. We were able to get a lot of kids in the game and we’ll have a lot of kids to evaluate on tape, which is great. Lots of good things. Happy for the kids.”

College Park’s offense was strong all night, particularly through the air. Junior Ty Buckmon completed 11 of 18 passes for 230 yards, two touchdowns and a pick, and senior signal caller Hank Hudson completed 7 of 9 passes for 126 yards and three scores. Six players caught at least a pass, and four scored.

“Ty Buckmon and Hank Hudson were our two main guys last year, and they’re our main guys this year,” Madison said. “It’s nice when they’re firing on all cylinders.”

Defensively, the Cavaliers held Austin (0-2) to 231 yards of offense, much of it coming in the second half when the score was lopsided. Marcus Scott II and Jaeren Taylor picked off passes, and Curt Evangelister recovered a fumble. The lone Bulldog scoring drive was propelled inside the 10-yard line by a hook and ladder on fourth down.

“They did a good job,” Madison said of the defense. “We’re still wanting to get off the field when we have our opportunities on third and fourth down. (Austin) made a play on the trick play, but overall the kids