December 20, 2014

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Gerett Choat provides a boost for Avon in multiple ways

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Life has a funny way of working itself out sometimes. Gerett Choat can attest. Choat, Avon’s junior running back/slot receiver/cornerback — depending upon the game — suffered a shoulder injury in Week 5, putting a quick halt to a second consecutive impressive season as the Eagles’ lead tailback. What’s worse, the Eagles lost that Week Read More…

VIDEO: Tim Alcorn previews Avon vs. Midview rematch

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In last week’s video preview, AM 930 WEOL’s Tim Alcorn said he hoped Avon and Midview would both win so they could rematch. Well, his wish was granted, and here we are. See what Tim has to say about this highly anticipated game:  #AVONvsMID Tweets

Avon vs. Midview Rematch: Eagles in unusual role of underdogs against unbeaten Middies

Midview quarterback Dustin Crum rushes for a touchdown while Avon’s Austin Lewis tries to make the tackle during their meeting in Week 5. Midview won 49-42 that night, but the teams meet again Friday in a Division II regional semifinal at North Royalton. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Avon coach Mike Elder is a master motivator, and he’s using Midview’s No. 1 seed, its unbeaten record and a 49-42 victory over the Eagles in Week 5 to frame his team as the underdog heading into Friday’s Division II, Region 4, semifinal against conference and Lorain County rival Midview. And despite Avon being the Read More…

Football: Opposing coaches say Avon, Midview rematch too close to call

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Midview or Avon? Avon or Midview? In the eyes of the coaches who had to face them this season, Friday’s Division II regional semifinal on the turf at North Royalton is what odds makers in Vegas call a pick-em. Top-seeded Midview (11-0) won 49-42 the first time around in a classic midseason West Shore Conference Read More…

H.S. Football semifinals: Ticket details for Avon, Midview rematch

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The Division II, Region 4 semifinal game features a rematch of two powerhouse Lorain County West Shore Conference teams. Midview is undefeated heading into the game, and Avon’s only loss came at the hands of Midview, 49-42, in an exciting Week 5 showdown. AM 930 WEOL will be re-broadcasting the Week 5 Avon/Midview game at Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Huron quarterback sacks Columbia

Columbia's Cody Shields runs 80 yard for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Huron Tigers. DAVID RICHARD/CHRONICLE

HURON — The night started bad for Columbia and never got any better in a 52-20 loss to Huron in a Division V, Region 16, playoff game at Kalahari Field at Huron Memorial Stadium. Columbia (9-2) just didn’t have an answer for Huron quarterback Kyle Kovach, who was nearly perfect on the night, going 12-for-12 Read More…

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…