November 26, 2014

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Select games will be streamed on WEOL.com

Day Date Game
Friday 8/29Avon at Avon Lake
Friday8/29Lorain at Midview
Friday9/05Lorain at Elyria
Friday9/05South Central at Columbia
Friday9/12Firelands at Vermilion
Friday9/12Twinsburg at Avon
Saturday9/13Elyria Catholic at Beachwood
Thursday9/18Elyria at Valley Forge
Friday9/19Keystone at Clearview
Friday9/19North Ridgeville at Avon Lake
Saturday9/20Vermilion at CCC
Friday9/26Avon at Midview
Friday9/26Clearview at Black River
Friday10/03Westlake at Avon Lake
Friday10/03Brunswick at Elyria
Friday10/10Lakewood at Elyria Catholic
Friday10/10Wellington at Keystone
Friday10/17Lutheran West at Columbia
Friday 10/17Elyria Catholic at Midview
Saturday10/18Elyria at Shaker Heights
Friday10/24Olmsted Falls at Avon
Friday10/24Westlake at Amherst
Friday10/31TBA
Friday10/31TBA


High School Football Playoffs: Lorain shows grit, fights until very end

Lorain's Eddie Williamson breaks a tackle and gains 8 yards on a QB keeper deep in Mentor territory with Mentor's Bradie Crandall in pursuit. Photo by Ray Riedel

MENTOR — Lorain’s first playoff game in 30 years was not going so well. With the 13th-seeded Titans trailing by 30 heading into the fourth quarter Saturday night and facing a state-mandated running clock, along with a quarterback who played with a broken right foot, it might have been understandable if they would have lost Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Mistakes punish Elyria against St. Ignatius

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE Elyria High School senior wide receiver Brendon Koziura (6) is tackled by junior linebacker Alexander Maruna (43), senior defense back Derek Smith (25), senior defense back Michael Mathews (46) on Saturday night, Nov. 8.

PARMA —Elyria learned a hard lesson Saturday night at wet, windy Byers Field in the first round of the Division I playoffs. The Pioneers pretty much stood toe-to-toe statistically with St. Ignatius but a couple of huge turnovers and one big botched punt doomed any chance they had to knock off the Wildcats. St. Ignatius, Read More…

Playoffs preview: Elyria’s Michael Church making difference even as opponents try to avoid him

Michael Church, left, eyes an interception during practice this week. The senior had three interceptions last week. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Michael Church knows all about St. Ignatius, Elyria’s first-round opponent in Saturday’s Division I playoff game at Byers Field in Parma. “We’re big underdogs,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for us. It’s a big game.” But that just might play into Church’s hands. After all, he’s a big-time player. “He’s an exceptional corner,” Elyria Read More…

Playoffs preview: Brandon Heidecker’s 6-foot-7 frame has helped Columbia roll into another playoff game

Toledo recruit Brandon Heidecker, who stands6-foot-7 and weighs 305 pounds, has used his big presence to help the Division V Columbia Raiders mow down opponents and earn a spot in the regional playoffs. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Not every Division V football program has a 6-foot-7, 305-pound offensive tackle that is also a Division I college recruit. That’s why senior Brandon Heidecker has been so important to the Raiders this season and will be expected to play a big role Saturday night when Columbia takes on Huron in a regional quarterfinal at Kalahari Read More…

Playoffs preview: Chemistry, hard work turned Lorain’s offensive line into a strength

Lorain’s offensive line went from being a question mark to one of the strengths of the team this season as the Titans have rushed for 2,938 yards. The lineman, from left to right, are right tackle Sly Worthy, right guard Chris Mair, center Roger Jones, left tackle Josh Fenn and left guard Nelson LaBoy. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Dave McFarland knew he had inherited some talented playmakers when he became Lorain’s football coach in January. Quarterback Eddie Williamson, tailback Sherman Saunders, wide receiver-defensive end Rashod Berry and safety-wide receiver Aaron Neal had all established themselves as special players on teams that struggled the previous two seasons. He also knew that without a solid Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Avon running back returns to carry Eagles to win

Avon's Gerett Choat tries to break from from Highland's Tony Svoboda during the fourth quarter. (RON SCHWANE / CT)

NORTH ROYALTON — With the game tied heading into the fourth quarter, Avon needed to score and milk the clock. Luckily for the Eagles, those just happen to be running back Gerett Choat’s specialties, and he couldn’t have picked a better time to return to action on offense. The junior rushed for 59 of his Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Midview gets first playoff win since 1998

Midview quarterback Dustin Crum completes a pass in the second quarter against Walsh Jesuit. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — The first-round beating Midview suffered the last time it was in the postseason was a little tough to swallow, but two years later the Middies have regained their appetite. “I think what was different from my sophomore year to this year is our mentality,” Middies senior running back Brett Zupancic said. “My Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Keystone comes up short in first postseason appearance

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE It was hugs all around for the Keystone Wildcats after they fell to Bellevue 32-40 on Friday night, Nov. 7 in a nail-bitter of a game.

BELLEVUE — Keystone coach Rob Clarico had everything he wanted, but his Wildcats couldn’t make one final play. Bellevue was able to stop a pair of late Keystone drives, one that would have given the Wildcats the lead and one that would have given them a chance to tie, to pull out a tight 40-32 Read More…

Playoffs preview: Midview brothers enjoy playing with, against each other

Brothers Dimitri, left, and Dante Redwood have helped Midview go unbeaten during the regular season and hope to spark the Middies’ to their first playoff win since 1998. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It’s hard to top an undefeated season. But sharing that season with your brother comes pretty close. Just ask Midview wide receivers Dante and Dimitri Redwood, who were instrumental in the Middies going 10-0 and making the playoffs for the seventh time. “Playing with my brother is awesome,” said Dimitri, a junior. “There’s no other Read More…

Playoffs preview: Avon’s Jake Sopko learned the ropes during playoff practices in ’12

Avon starting quarterback Jake Sopko embraced the extra practice time he got during the Eagles’ playoff run in 2012, citing the scout team experience as a boost to his confidence.

Avon coaches have been preaching since the program’s run of postseason appearances began in 2008 about the value the extra playoff practices can offer a team’s younger players. The coaching staff talked to some of those players at the end of Monday’s practice about the responsibility they had for however long this year’s stay lasts. Read More…