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 Their contributions are identifiable only by their teammates and immediate family.

The Coal Miners, as they are affectionately called by their Eastwood football teammates, are the 12 or so players who are partially responsible for getting the Eagles’ starters ready to play each week. These “scout team” players are the unsung heroes on every high school team.

For the first time in school history, Eastwood football was 12-0 heading into their regional final game against Marion Pleasant Friday. A win meant the Eagles were on their way to the state final four. The scout team is a big reason for that.

“We think the scout team is critical for our (starting) defense,” Eastwood coach Craig Rutherford said. “This is one of best defenses in school history and we think one of the main reasons is the look they get (in practice) Monday through Thursday.

        “We hope Jaden has a pretty good year for us.” - Eastwood football coach Craig Rutherford.

        The Eagles’ first-year coach said those words about sophomore running back Jaden Rayford in mid-August, less than two weeks before the season opener against Ottawa-Glandorf.

        Rayford carried the ball 36 times for 175 yards and two touchdowns in that game, a 39-7 rout by an Eastwood team that would be ranked No. 1 in Division V in the initial Associated Press state poll on Sept. 11. The Eagles have remained in the top spot all season.

        “The offensive line likes to block for Jaden,” Rutherford said, “because they know how hard he’s going to run the ball.”

Christmas is going to come early for Lake senior Dylan O’Quinn.

On Dec. 20, the early signing day for college recruits, O’Quinn will sign a letter of intent to play football at the University of Cincinnati. O’Quinn was a second-team All-Northern Buckeye Conference defensive end and honorable mention tight end this season for coach Mark Emans’ Flyers.

“It will be an emotional day for me, very exciting,” said the 6-foot-5, 250-pound O’Quinn. “It’s the final chapter, going into my next chapter, if that makes sense.”

O’Quinn said he’s dreamed about playing in college since he was in the fifth grade.


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