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Football playoff elation and disappointment

November 1, 2009 - Michael Palmer
First Futbol: St. Clairsville girls’ soccer team is a group of young ladies all of the valley should be proud of. In addition to breaking new ground for the Red Devils athletic program, the players and fans represented the area and the OVAC well.

It was my opinion that the officials were contacted prior to the contest by a person or persons that senior Jaclyn Dutton’s aggressive style of play was pushing the boundaries of fair play. As the top scoring player in the state, Dutton is harassed constantly by triple and quadruple-teaming and still manages to score goals, lots of them. In addition to this making her a marked woman, I believe the officials were keying on her conduct and I hope that was unintentional.

This should not tarnish a brilliant high school career for Sutton, a record breaking season for the Lady Red Devils and a fine showing in the playoffs. Sophomore goalie Jasmine Vincent also should not shed any tears, she was a wall at the front of the net and again stopped 20 attempts by the opposition to score a goal on a muddy field, standing on bare dirt with rain falling from the dark sky, incredible.

Amy Castle is just a freshman and after helping the Lady Red Devils cross country team win their school's first-ever regional cross country championship she traveled to Duncan Falls and scored the first goal in the post season against Riverview. Not a bad day.

Congratulations to St. C. girls' soccer coach Joe Kubik and all of his team for a fine season.

Now Football:

Disappointment - Union Local missed the post season by .003, that’s three one-thousands of one point in OHSAA Division 4, Region 13.

Elation - Harrison Central has reached their first ever berth in the playoffs and will travel to Dover for the Division III Region 11 regional quarterfinals Friday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Playoff breakdown:

Division III Region 11: In addition to the Huskies taking coach Kropka to Crater stadium to face the 9-1 Tornadoes the Buckeye Local Panthers have earned retiring head coach Poblish a home game against the Indians of Northwest. Harrison Central (8-2) finished No. 7 in the Region 11 computer ratings while Dover gained the No. 2 seed. The winner of Friday’s game will advance to play the winner of the Northwest/Buckeye Local contest.

The other half of the bracket has Marlington playing at Steubenville and Salem going to Granville.

Scouting Report. Dover - has one blemish, a 22-21 loss to 9-1 Canfield in 2 overtimes. The Tornadoes have dispatched Ashland (9-1) 44-21, Tri-Valley (9-1) 28-0, Coshocton (8-2) 23-8 and New Philadelphia (9-1) 35-7. All of these with the exception of Coshocton are Division II schools. It is a short drive for the Huskies’ faithful, so look for a standing room only showing of the Black, Blue and Silver clad fans Friday night.

Northwest Indians (7-3) - Three losses in September to Field (8-2) 10-17, Marlington (8-2) 7-17, and Louisville (10-0) 15-23. Three of their wins came over teams with winning records; Orrville (7-3) 40-14, Minerva (7-3) 38-8, and Carrollton (6-4) 21-14. The team from Canal Fulton is a passing oriented team with 2872 passing yards on 212 completions from the arm of senior QB Bryan Jones.

Division 5, Region 19: Sticking to Friday night - The Seminoles started last season 0-3 and missed week 11 but are back in the post-season for 2009. Monroe Central will host the Wheelersburg Pirates (8-2) in the OHSAA Division 5, Region 19 regional quarterfinals Friday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Scouting Report: Wheelersburg has just two losses to Ironton (8-2) 8-24 and Minford (8-2) 15-16. With 3000 yards rushing this season and under 400 yards passing the Pirates are old school football behind 1000 yard rusher QB Brandon Schankweiler and RB Tyler Craigmiles with 800 yards. Wheelersburg has two big wins over Portsmouth (7-3) 68-14 and Valley (7-3) 41-14. The winner moves on to face either top seeded 10-0 Fredericktown or 8-2 Caldwell.

Ohio Division 4, Region 13: Saturday night November, 7 the 3 seed Purple Riders will host the 6 seed Woodridge Bulldogs (8-2) at 7:00 p.m. Martins Ferry’s offense will come up against a stingy Bulldog defense that has allowed under 800 yards of total offense from their opponents - under 500 rushing and 300 passing. In the other half of this bracket is second seed 10-0 Girard and 7-3 Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.

Scouting Report: The two losses for Woodridge have come against Chagrin Falls (10-0) 26-32 and Rootstown (5-5) 32-34. The Bulldog’s biggest win came over Mogadore (9-1) when they racked up a 52-7 final. The season is a bit of a mystery with a 42-0 thumping of Garfield (7-3) coming just one week before the loss to Rootstown and a 22-21 squeaker over East Canton (5-5). Woodridge QB Anthony Westren threw for 318 yards and four TDs in the win over Mogadore in Week 6. The Bulldogs are averaging 42 points a game and balance their offense with the tough running of 1000 yard rusher Anthony Kelly who is averaging 160.3 yards per game.

Ohio Division 6, Region 23: Like DIII we have two local teams in the post-season Saturday night when Bridgeport will host Tuscarawas Central Catholic and Shadyside will travel to Columbiana.

The Bridgeport Bulldogs (9-1) welcome the Saints (7-3) to Perkins Field inside Bill Jobko Stadium in Brookside.

Scouting Report: The first of the three losses for TCC came at the hands of number one seed in Region 23, 9-1 Malvern, in a classic Inter-Valley Conference battle, 35-36. The other two blemishes were Division IV Sandy Valley (5-5) topping the Saints 18-7 and league champion Ridgewood (10-0), rolling to a 55-6 victory. The Saints have rolled up 1182 yards on the ground and 2411 yards through the air. Quarterback Joe Lawless has passed for 1814 yards this season and his favorite targets are Sam Fondreist with 39 receptions for 483 yards and Tyler Sunderlin with 358 yards on 37 catches. In the other half of this bracket is 8-2 Symmes Valley traveling to Malvern 9-1.

Shadyside earned their way back into the top eight with a win over Holy Cross Saturday and travel to Columbiana (8-2).

Scouting Report: The Clippers downed Steubenville Catholic Central 41-40 to begin their 2009 campaign. Their two losses came at the hands of East Palestine (7-3) 41-7 and Crestview (9-1) 20-13. The Clippers have rushed for 2696 yards this season on the shoulders of a pair of running backs; Austin Barbato with 795 yards and Jeff Davidson adding 711 yards and 7 touchdowns. In the other bracket pairing 8-2 Zanesville Bishop Rosecrans will face off against 9-1 Grove City Christian.

NOTE TO FANS: Admission for regional tournaments this season is $9.00 per person at the gate; $7.00 presale at participating schools only.


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