EATON TWP. — Midview’s 30-14 win over North Ridgeville on Friday night was a little bit of what was expected, but a whole lot of the unexpected.
You expected Midview’s Cody Callaway to put the ball in the air and he did — 35 times with 18 completions.
What you didn’t expect was for Callaway not only to use his arm but his legs, which he did, piling up 112 yards on 13 carries.
“We needed Cody to run a little more for us,” said longtime Midview coach Bill Albright, who announced on WEOL 930-AM that he was retiring after the season, saying it was simply time to hang it up after 28 years as Middies head coach. “He probably should have been doing that last year, but as coaches you’re always afraid of losing your quarterback, especially a kid as talented as he is.
“So we talked to him and to his dad (who is on the Midview staff) and I said for us to be a good team you’re going to have to carry the load and run the ball a little bit. It adds so much more to our offense.”
And for the Rangers, you expected Demario McCall to run on the turf field and lead the Rangers to victory.
What you might not have expected was Midview’s coaching staff — including former Ranger Ray Bolin – to devise a game plan that would keep McCall out of the end zone all but one time. That came on a 53-yard run that demonstrated exactly what Albright and his staff feared the most.
Although McCall was able to rush for 135 yards on 18 carries, keeping himout of the end zone was huge for the Middies, who improved to 4-2, 2-1 in the West Shore Conference. North Ridgeville fell to 3-3, 1-1.
“My offensive line opened some great holes,” Callaway said. “This was a great team win. There were no individuals on the team tonight. This was Middie football that we played tonight. North Ridgeville came out well-prepared. Their coaches did a good job. They were prepared to stop the pass, but we mixed it up on them and came out ahead.”
For North Ridgeville coach Jeff Riesen, it may have been a disappointing loss but he credited Midview’s offensive line for the win.
“We were prepared to stop the pass with Cody Callaway,” he said. “He’s a great player with a well-deserved scholarship to Bowling Green. Their offensive line should be congratulated for the job they did tonight. And (Brett) Zupancic impressed me tonight. He ran hard tonight.”
Riesen pointed to a screen pass that Zupancic turned into a first down in the third quarter with the game tied at 14 as being a pivotal moment.
“I feel that was the play of the game because that enabled the drive (to continue) and then they threw a touchdown pass right after that,” Riesen said. “That was a good call by them. They get a big first down. We were telling the kids to get their heads up. That’s sometimes easier said than done.”
On the ensuing kickoff, McCall was called down at the North Ridgeville 2-yard line and quarterback Jason Lucas was tackled in the end zone for a safety shortly afterward to put the Middies ahead 23-14.
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