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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…

Playoffs preview: Running back Tyler Polen feeling at home at Keystone

Tyler Polen might not get the most attention on the Keystone offense, but the senior has rushed for 1,049 yards and scored 23 touchdowns this season to help the Wildcats make it to the playoffs for the first time in school history. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

It’s been a long journey for Keystone senior running back Tyler Polen. His high school football career began when he was a sophomore starter for Wellington, one of Keystone’s biggest rivals. It continues tonight with an appearance in the Division IV playoffs. In between he’s gained 1,808 yards rushing, including 1,049 this season, and scored Read More…

VIDEO: Lorain County high school football playoffs preview

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It’s playoff time for high school football, and AM 930 WEOL’s Tim Alcorn sat down with Chronicle-Telegram chief photographer Bruce Bishop to talk about what fans can expect for the six Lorain County playoff games. If you’re not going to one of the games, you can follow our live feed Friday and Saturday nights for Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Updates and Scores

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After 10 exciting weeks of high school football, six Lorain County teams have earned seeds in the playoffs. Follow our live feed below for updates and commentary on the games. Show off your team spirit by tweeting pictures from the game using #LoCoFBall. Friday Games (7:30 p.m. start time): Division II: Walsh Jesuit 28 at Read More…

High school football: First-time participants Lorain, Keystone join 4 others in playoffs

Midview quarterback Dustin Crum leads the Middies back to the playoffs after an undefeated regular season. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

At some high schools, Week 11 of the football season is marked on a calendar as a given, such as homecoming or final exams. For others, it’s a whole new ballgame. First-time playoff participants Keystone and Lorain highlight the list of six Lorain County teams that will have the chance to battle for a state Read More…

High School Football: Columbia at Clearview

Clearview's Tyler Reed is brought down by Columbia's Zavier Tatum-Felder (14) and Mike Jacobucci at Clearview. Photo by Ray Riedel

  SHEFFIELD TWP. — The scenario was simple for the Columbia Raiders — beat Clearview on Friday night and they’d clinch the outright Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division championship and keep their playoff hopes alive. Their chances got a little better as the rain began to fall on Tom Hoch Field — the perfect weather Read More…

High School Football: Wellington at Brookside

KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE Brookside High School junior runningback Dudley Taw (9) runs the ball and is tackled by Wellington High School junior defense back Jordan Howard (15) on Friday night, Oct. 31.

  SHEFFIELD — Despite being out of the playoff picture, the Brookside Cardinals still had plenty to play for against Wellington (2-8, 1-4) in the regular-season finale. Looking to finish .500 for the first time since 2006, the Cardinals pulled out a win in thrilling fashion, beating the Dukes 22-21 thanks to a last-minute score Read More…

High School Football: Elyria at Medina

Elyria's Chris Atkinson runs away from the diving tackle of Medina's Connor Varney during the first quarter Friday night at Medina High School. Photo by Judd Smerglia

  MEDINA — Week 11 is starting to sound pretty good to Elyria after Friday’s 50-20 win over Medina in the cold and rain. For only the third time in school history, but for the second year in a row, the Pioneers are heading to the postseason. And if things turn out just right, it Read More…