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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…

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…