November 23, 2014

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H.S. Football: A grand exit for retiring coach Bill Albright as Midview beats Berea-Midpark 28-19

Midview coach Bill Albright was honored Friday night. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

Midview coach Bill Albright was honored Friday night. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Midview was hoping to send retiring coach Bill Albright out in grand style Friday night.

Mission accomplished.

Middies quarterback Cody Callaway threw three touchdown passes to sophomore Logan Bolin, tying him for the most touchdowns thrown in Lorain County history, and the Middies staved off a comeback by Berea-Midpark with a 28-19 win in a non-conference finale at Adelsburg Stadium.

Albright was emotional before and after the game, but wanted to keep his team focused.

“It was a tremendously emotional week trying to prepare for this game,” said Albright, whose team finished 7-3. “It seems like every day I was getting texts and emails. It was unbelievable. You just never know how you affect young men until it’s all over with. It wasn’t about me. It was about the seniors and ending the season on a great note.”

Callaway didn’t waste any time, completing his first seven passes, including a 40-yard touchdown to Bolin to complete an 80-yard drive on the Middies’ first possession.

“It was awesome, an unbelievable experience to play in this game,” said Callaway, who completed 21 of 34 passes for 213 yards. “I never knew it was going to be this hard in the end. The thing that makes me feel the best is we sent Coach Albright out on a good note.”

Senior linebacker Devon Crum, who had a great game with four sacks, came up big late in the first quarter, recovering a fumble to set up Midview’s second score. Three plays later, Callaway found Bolin for a 28-yard TD. The pair converted the 2-point conversion for a 14-0 lead.

Midview quarterback Cody Callaway picks up yards. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

Midview quarterback Cody Callaway picks up yards. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

Bolin finished with 11 catches for 152 yards, including his third touchdown reception, a 21-yarder from Callaway to give the Middies a 21-7 lead at halftime. The play was set up by Bolin’s second interception, this one in the end zone to halt a Titans drive.

“The quarterback started rolling out and I saw the receiver cut across in front of me so I just broke on him and that’s when he threw it,” Bolin said. “I timed it perfectly.

“This was all for them (the seniors and Albright). Words can’t describe how awesome it was to receive for Cody. He’s a great quarterback and makes it easy for me.”

Callaway entered the game needing four touchdowns to set the Lorain County career passing touchdowns record, but threw three to tie former Elyria Catholic star Danny Reaser for most all time with 69.

“It’s an honor just to be up in the same category as Reaser,” Callaway said. “I’ll never forget my time at Midview. This feeling will last forever. I’ll never forget this.”

Callaway added a touchdown in the third quarter when he ran 11 yards to put the Middies up 28-7.

Albright closed out his 37th season at Midview, where he spent 28 years as the head coach. He finished with a record of 176-105. His Middies made the playoffs seven times and had the school’s only postseason win in 1998.

“It’s Midview being Midview, they take care of their own,” Albright said. “They’ve supported me through the good and the bad. We’ve had our good times and we’ve struggled some years, but they’ve always been there. We couldn’t be where we’re at if it wasn’t for the great support of the fans, the student body and especially the administration. It’s a community thing. That’s what Friday nights are all about.”

Contact Steve Walker at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.