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High school football preview 2011: Open Door dream becomes a reality

On a warm August afternoon, Open Door Christian School principal Darrell Dunckel watched as several young men ran football drills and practiced plays. He beamed as if he were a father watching his baby enter the world. “It’s sort of one of those dreams you’ve had for years, and when it comes to fruition, it’s Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division breakdown

TEAM CAPSULES Black River Pirates COACH: Al Young, 23rd year 2010 RECORD: 6-4, 4-0 RETURNING LETTERMEN: 15 STRENGTHS: The lines, both offensive and defensive. Almost all starting linemen are back. The most visible of the group is senior defensive end John Guilford, a first-team Division IV All-Ohio selection in 2010. There’s plenty of speed in Read More…

High school football preview 2011: PAC finds fine fits in Firelands, Fairview

The addition of Firelands and Fairview to the Patriot Athletic Conference has already made an impact. The conference’s website is still pac10hs.org, but when you access the site you’re welcomed to PacTwelve.org. As far as the PAC’s longtime members are concerned, the expansion of the conference from 10 schools to 12 means only there’s another Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Wellington’s Clay Wright doesn’t miss starts, or tackles

Matt Stoll racked his brain, yet couldn’t think of a single play or any one incident in the football career of Clay Wright that would be indicative of the kind of player Wright is. “Maybe if he ever completely misses a tackle,” said Stoll, the Wellington coach. “I guess if that ever happened I’d be Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Clearview’s Chad Anderson and Matt Jordan step into the spotlight

As far back as Matt Jordan and Chad Anderson can remember, Clearview football has played an important role in their lives. When they were barely old enough to run they played in the grass near the concession stand at Tom Hoch Field as their parents watched the action on the field. As they grew older, Read More…

High school football preview 2011: West Shore Conference coaches feel good about changes

For one season, the West Shore Conference will have an uneven number of teams. But if you ask the football coaches, the changes for 2011 – in which Firelands and Fairview depart for the Patriot Athletic Conference and Elyria Catholic comes in from the North Coast League – will only make the conference stronger. “Our Read More…

High school football preview 2011: West Shore Conference breakdown

TEAM CAPSULES Avon Eagles COACH: Mike Elder, fifth year 2010 RECORD: 10-1, 7-0 RETURNING LETTERMEN: 24 STRENGTHS: An edge. Despite a 10-0 regular season last year, the Eagles no doubt will be hungry to avenge a bitter ending to the season – a first-round loss to Sandusky in the Division II playoffs, a game in Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Justin O’Rourke finally gets the keys to Avon’s offense

Over the past two seasons, Avon quarterback Justin O’Rourke was given ample playing time by coach Mike Elder. However, it was part of a platoon under center, as O’Rourke split time with Cody Schroeder. In fact, as the 2010 season wound down and Avon made a run at a 10-0 season and Division II playoff Read More…

High school football preview 2011: Joe Dempsey is a throwback player Elyria Catholic plans on keeping

One of the first things Mike Polevacik did when he was hired to replace Ben Malbasa as Elyria Catholic’s head coach was look into the program’s rich tradition. What he found was the importance of the No. 44 in Panthers history. It had never been retired, but was intended to be issued only in special Read More…

H.S. football 2011: QB Brennan Hosier and Amherst have unfinished business

First-year Elyria coach Kevin Fell says the key to his new squad’s Week 1 game against Amherst is limiting the Comets quarterback. He should know: He had a front-row seat in Brennan Hosier’s first year as a starter, when all Hosier did was lead the Comets to an 8-0 start and, in Fell’s words, need Read More…