August 28, 2015

Partly sunny

Select games will be streamed on

Day Date Game
Friday 8/29 Avon at Avon Lake
Friday 8/29 Lorain at Midview
Friday 9/05 Lorain at Elyria
Friday 9/05 South Central at Columbia
Friday 9/12 Firelands at Vermilion
Friday 9/12 Twinsburg at Avon
Saturday 9/13 Elyria Catholic at Beachwood
Thursday 9/18 Elyria at Valley Forge
Friday 9/19 Keystone at Clearview
Friday 9/19 North Ridgeville at Avon Lake
Saturday 9/20 Vermilion at CCC
Friday 9/26 Avon at Midview
Friday 9/26 Clearview at Black River
Friday 10/03 Westlake at Avon Lake
Friday 10/03 Brunswick at Elyria
Friday 10/10 Lakewood at Elyria Catholic
Friday 10/10 Wellington at Keystone
Friday 10/17 Lutheran West at Columbia
Friday 10/17 Elyria Catholic at Midview
Saturday 10/18 Elyria at Shaker Heights
Friday 10/24 Olmsted Falls at Avon
Friday 10/24 Westlake at Amherst
Friday 10/31 TBA
Friday 10/31 TBA

New homes, new hopes: Area schools feeling optimistic after conference shuffle

The Chronicle’s Shaun Bennett and WEOL’s Tim Alcorn talk about the new conference alignments — among other things — in the inaugural high school football preview for the 2015 season. The shake-up started two years ago when the Northeast Ohio Conference started to fracture and come apart. By the time footballs fill the air this Read More…

VIDEO: Alcorn, Bennett, Bishop talk high school football

Tim Alcorn of WEOL 930 AM talks with the Chronicle’s Shaun Bennett and Bruce Bishop at Cork’s and Stubby’s in Amherst about the upcoming high school football season.

High School Football 2015: Speed, smarts make North Ridgeville’s McCall a man apart

North Ridgeville’s Demario McCall (with ball) is striving to reach new heights this season, but knows he’ll need the help and support of his teammates. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Demario McCall breaks off the line and the opposing defensive back begins to backpedal. The quarterback drops back, passes and — with the football just a few feet from the QB’s hand and with the cornerback locked on McCall’s hip — the superstar North Ridgeville senior yells out, “Touchdown.” The advanced warning doesn’t matter. The Read More…

High school football 2015: Vermilion wants to win …. now

Vermilion Sailors

VERMILION — The Vermilion Sailors are in the final season of independent purgatory. After the 2012 season, the Sailors left the West Shore Conference and began a two-year period of long trips, unfamiliar opponents and desperate scheduling. With no conference schedule to play, Vermilion had to scramble to fill its 10-game slate the last two Read More…

High school football: Bulldogs looking for more bite this year in new SWC

Olmsted Falls Bulldogs

OLMSTED TWP. — Olmsted Falls needed a couple third-down stops against Avon in last season’s Week 9 to position itself for a possible upset. The Bulldogs lost by a touchdown in Week 1 to Bedford, an eventual regional finalist. Olmsted Falls lost to Mayfield, which went 12-2, by 13 in a game that felt closer Read More…

High school football: North Olmsted looking to take next step

North Olmsted Eagles

NORTH OLMSTED — “The inches we need are everywhere around us.” North Olmsted coach Tim Brediger might use that famous line from the movie “Any Given Sunday” on his team after it finished 7-3 three straight years and missed the postseason by finishing ninth or 10th in its region. Like the two years before, the Read More…

High school football 2015: Black River feeling healthy, confident it can get back to its usual winning ways

Black River Pirates

Black River had a very un-Black River-like season in 2014. The Pirates went 4-6, failing to reach .500 for the first time since 2007, while also snapping a five-year streak of winning at least six games. But that record can be deceiving. Black River started 3-2 and won its two cross-division Patriot Athletic Conference games. Read More…

High school football: Firelands looking for second playoff berth

Firelands Falcons

HENRIETTA TWP. — Last season, Firelands was eager to erase the memory of a winless 2013 and the Falcons proved it by winning six games. Now they are thinking back to 2011 when the team made its only playoff appearance with 18 returning starters that also returned from a breakout season, which ended a touchdown Read More…

High School Football: Brookside plans to thank voters with play

SHEFFIELD — In May, the future of Brookside’s football team — and the school’s entire athletic program — was in doubt, hinged on a school levy the district’s voters needed to pass. Fast forward three months, and the Cardinals are back on the field for two-a-days, with a new head coach, coaching staff and new Read More…

High school football 2015: Oberlin coach thinks foundation set for future success

Oberlin Phoenix

OBERLIN — When coach Michael Law took over the Oberlin football program prior to last season, he knew it would be a long-term rebuilding project to get the Phoenix back to the top of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division. Although the team finished 2-8 in his debut year, it ended the season on a Read More…