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Ottawa-Glandorf made sure Eastwood's football season came to a screeching halt Nov. 14 in the Division IV regional semifinals in Findlay.

The Titans handed coach Jerry Rutherford's Eagles a convincing 48-3 loss just one week after Eastwood dealt previously unbeaten Galion, the Northern Ohio League champion, a 35-6 home drubbing.

Rutherford, who saw his team's season end with a 9-3 record, said the loss to O-G (10-2) didn't diminish the Eagles' accomplishments in 2009.

"It was one of those nights where we didn't move the ball, and their quarterback (Nathan Kahle) was pretty good," Rutherford said. "We went to Galion and played real well and beat Galion. We had to give credit to Ottawa-Glandorf. They were a good football team, but it was one of those nights, just like down at Galion.

"That didn't take anything away from Galion's season and our loss to Ottawa-Glandorf didn't take away from our season. Ottawa-Glandorf is a good football team and it was one one of those nights."
Eastwood made the playoffs for the sixth time in eight years, including the last three seasons. The Eagles are now 5-6 all-time in the postseason.

Eastwood also finished second in the Suburban Lakes League for the third straight year behind three-time league champion Genoa, which dealt the Eagles a 54-11 loss on Oct. 2.

"The seniors were in the playoffs three times and we've played for a league championship every year," Rutherford said. "You've got to give Genoa credit. They've done a great job. They've beaten us for the league championship three years in a row. Every year we were able to come back after that Genoa loss and get ourselves back in the playoffs.

"As sophomores (the seniors) made it to the regional finals and this year they made it to the second round. They had a great career and did some good things. Just a great bunch of guys."

Rutherford added that it is always difficult to see a season come to an end. This year marked Rutheford's 28th season as the Eagles' head coach.

"The toughest thing about the season ending, you still see guys and stuff but it will never be the same, going out there and practicing," the coach said. "You see guys, but it's never going to be the same. The last couple weeks have been a lot of fun. The whole season was a lot of fun. It was an enjoyable season.

"Our guys overcame injuries a lot of times, and guys were sick. They overcame a lot to get in the playoffs. To get a couple games in the playoffs was a good reward for them. We had a great time."

Next year's Eastwood squad, which will play non-league opponents Clyde, Rossford, Oak Harbor and Patrick Henry, will have to replace several starters. Gone on offense are the Eagles' starting quarterback, tailback, guard, tight end and wide receiver. Four linemen and two running backs return.

Eastwood loses both defensive ends, three linebackers and three defensive backs. The Eagles' strong safety and two defensive linemen return.

Senior first-team All-Northwest District lineman Seth Hoffman graduates along with second-team defensive end Clay Rolf. Running back Cody Seifert and kicker Taylor DePew made honorable mention all-district.

Junior fullback Pernell Connor was a second-team all-district selection along with junior punter Jeff Rutherford.