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High school football 2014: Lorain senior class united, ready to lead

Lorain quarterback Eddie Williamson runs on a play. The three-year stater will lead the Titans this year. CHRONCILE FILE PHOTO

LORAIN — For the first time, the Lorain Titans football team will be Titans through and through. The seniors on the 2014 squad are part of the first class that did not start somewhere else. They were not Southview or Admiral King students that came together when Lorain City Schools consolidated its high schools. This Read More…

Semi-pro football: Troy Davila gives Nightmares a leg up on the competition

Troy Davila has had a big hand in the success of the Lorain County Nightmares this season. Well, technically, he’s had a big foot in the team’s success. A punter, Davila leads the Premier Amateur Football League with a 48.6 yards per kick average. Last week, in a 35-21 win over the Cleveland Saints in Read More…

High school football 2014: Amherst has new coach, desire to get winning tradition back

Amherst's #2 Donte Dower runs for long yardage against Clearview last season. Comets' first-year coach Bill Fishleigh is ready to bring back winning ways to Amherst. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

AMHERST — If he would have been asked about football at Amherst High School back in 2007, when he joined Mike Elder’s staff at Avon, Bill Fishleigh never would have expected to talk about the need to “change the culture.” Amherst was a perennial playoff contender then, a power team in the Southwestern Conference. As Read More…

High School Football 2014: Keystone looking for first trip to postseason

Several Wellington players attempt to bring down Keystone tight end C.J. Conrad after a pass completion in a game last season. The senior has already committed to college football so he can he enjoy his last season with the Wildcats. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

LAGRANGE — The Keystone football team has the same goal it had last year … only now it can point to the moment that goal was taken away. Last season in Week 9, Buckeye came to Keystone High in a battle for Patriot Athletic Conference supremacy. The Bucks were 4-1 in the PAC, Keystone was Read More…

Nightmares adjust, rely on run to beat Saints in playoff opener

Quarterback Cody Schuster looks for an opening in Saturday's game. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — It’s never easy for one football team to defeat another football team three times in one season. When the teams don’t like each other very much it can be that much harder. With that in mind, Lorain County Nightmares coach Terry Murray knew he’d have to come up with a new wrinkle Read More…

Semi-pro football: Nightmares open playoffs tonight

EATON TWP. — The Cleveland Saints have probably seen all they can handle of Tim Jones. Jones, the Lorain County Nightmares kicker, played a large role in both regular-season wins over the Saints this season, and hopes to continue his success when the teams square off tonight at 7 o’clock at Midview High School in Read More…

Paints’ tough lefty handles Ironmen

Lorain County’s Cody Semler forces Chillicothe’s Ronnie Dawson and throws on 
to first for the double play in the first inning of Wednesday’s game at The Pipe Yard. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — With both their leading hitter and hottest hitter on the bench, the Lorain County Ironmen faced one of the top pitchers in the Prospect League on Wednesday at The Pipe Yard. Infielder Taylor Emody, who leads the Ironmen with a .299 average, is getting over a hip injury while third baseman Billy Salem, Read More…

Ironmen can’t get offense going against Springfield

Lorain County’s Anthony Bova slides into third base during the first inning against Springfield on Sunday. Bova would later score — the Ironmen’s only run of the game. ANNA NORRIS/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — The defense was better but the result was the same. The Lorain County Ironmen lost for the ninth time in their last 10 games, falling 3-1 to Springfield on Sunday at The Pipe Yard. Unlike most of the games during this losing streak, the defense wasn’t to blame. In its last 10 games, Read More…

Semi-Pro Football: Nightmares roll to win over Mahoning Valley

Southview High product Ricky Earl eludes a Mahoning Valley defender Saturday during the Nightmares’ victory at Ross Field. CHRISTY LEGEZA/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — The first time Lorain County and Mahoning Valley played, June 14, the second half had barely started when the game was suddenly over. Friday at Ross Field, the second half almost never got started at all. After a weather delay of over an hour after the game started a half-hour late, it took Read More…

Logan Landon finds groove, Ironmen find win over Kings

The Ironmen’s Lucas Raley makes a running catch in the outfield in Wednesday night’s 5-3 win over Champion City. AMANDA K. RUNDLE/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — All it took was a little tinkering. Logan Landon went six innings on the mound and tripled and scored in three at-bats to lift the Lorain County Ironmen to a 5-3 win over Champion City at The Pipe Yard. Langdon, who could not get out of the fourth inning in his last start Read More…