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Woodmore senior quarterback Jake Matwiejczyk signed his letter of intent last week to continue his football career at NCAA Division II Ashland University. 

The six-foot tall, 200 pound Matwiejczyk had back to back 2,000 yards passing seasons and 1,000 yards rushing seasons, 49 career passing touchdowns, and 27 career rushing TDs.

In 2012, Matwiejczyk was a second team All-Northern Buckeye Conference and all-district honorable mention quarterback, and he was honorable mention in 2012, too. He holds Woodmore records for career passing yards (3,085), season passing yards (2,112), single game pass attempts (59), single game total offense (429), single season total offense (3,085), single season touchdown passes (26) and career touchdown passes (49).

Woodmore record-setting quarterback
Jake Matwiejczyk will play football at
NCAA Division II Ashland University.
(Press file photo by Dean Utendorf/

Three times he threw five touchdown passes in a game. His senior year, Matwiejczyk completed 138 of 261 passes for 2,080 yards, 26 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, throwing for an average of 208 yards per game. His junior year, he completed 190 of 347 passes for 2,112 yards, 23 TDs, 12 interceptions, throwing for an average of 211.2 yards per game.

Matwiejczyk did his share of damage to opposing defenses carrying the ball, too. His senior year, he had 171 rushing attempts for 1,005 yards (5.9 per carry), 14 TDs, running for an average of 100.5 per game. As a junior, his 185 rushing attempts were good for 910 yards (4.9), 11 TDs, and 91 yards per game.

His senior year, Woodmore had its first winning record (6-4) in 10 years. In 2013, the 47-man roster set nine offensive school records, including points (380), total offense (4,146), TDs (50), and as a team averaged 201 yards rushing and 214 yards passing per game. He had five receivers with 30-plus catches and two with 50-plus catches.

"I've watched Woodmore football ever since I was a kid and it was always my dream to be under those Friday night lights. But to be a key part of the Wildcat resurgence? That's like a dream come true. We're here to prove that we're the new Woodmore football team," Matwiejczyk told Press contributing writer Jeffrey D. Norwalk.

At Ashland, Matwiejczyk joins a program that has put out 80 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference performers, seven All-Americans, and was in the NCAA D-II national playoffs in 2007, 2008, and 2012.

Matwiejczyk lettered three times each in football and baseball and once in hoops and is the son of Kelly and Jerry Matwiejczyk.

Sports announcements
The Oak Harbor Athletic Boosters will hold its 26th Annual Reverse Raffle Mar. 22 at Ole Zim’s Wagon Shed, Gibsonburg. The evening will include dinner, drinks, games, silent and live auctions and a raffle. Tickets are $75, which admits one for dinner and raffle. Extra dinner tickets may be purchased for $25. Call Kevin Rutledge at 419-707-1342.

The Lake Baseball Association will have a sign-up day for t-ball (5-6 year olds), coach pitches (7-8), and youth baseball (8-14 on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Walbridge Administration Building, 111 N. Main St. Dues of $40 for t-ball and coach pitch and $125 for baseball are due at time of signups. All players must live in the Lake School District or attend Lake Schools. Call Scott Howard at 419-350-4224.




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