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The No. 3 ranked Genoa football team is good — no doubt about it.


But how good are they?

There is talk of a Division IV state championship, but the 11-0 Comets have a long ways to go before that. There are five weeks of playoffs, and Coach Mike Vicars knows that.

Plus there is the No. 1 team, defending state champion Kettering Archbishop Alter. Alter is undefeated at 11-0 and also cutting through opposition like a knife through butter.

Last season, Alter (13-2) defeated Genoa (13-1) 42-37 in a state semi-final and went on to defeat Steubenville in the state final by two touchdowns.

Genoa’s contest with Alter was the closest the Dayton area Catholic school had seen all season and it was the most points scored against Alter. Alter did have two losses, but those were both by forfeit because of an ineligible player.


If Eastwood hopes to continue winning playoff games, chances are

Eastwood running back Pernell Connor takes the
handoff from quarterback Clayton Ruch during
Eastwood’s 35-6 rout over previously undefeated
Galion. (Press photo by Lee Welch/

the Eagles' three-headed monster will lead the way.

Call them the Three Musketeers, the Three Amigos or whatever you want, but Eastwood's backfield trio of senior Cody Seifert and juniors Pernell Conner and Tony Tijerina are giving defenses fits running out of the Eagles' wing-T offense.

"We've really developed our identity now with the wing-T, and it's evolved," coach Jerry Rutherford said. "An offense is always evolving into different things. It just took some time to find the right combination. Hopefully, that's what we've done right now. They all complement each other and they block for each other. It's a good combination right now."


A Lake freshman midfielder, Shelby Antonacci, was named the


Suburban Lakes League Player of the Year.

Antonacci was joined by two other Flyers on the first team, both juniors — defender Tara Preble and attacker Drew Plummer. The 19-2-1 Flyers reached the regional final, losing to St. Mary Memorial 1-0 in a shootout.

The Flyers won an SLL championship with a 7-0-1 record, followed by Genoa (5-2-1), Woodmore (2-3-3), Eastwood (2-4-2), and Otsego (0-8).

Genoa first team choices are junior defender Tiffany Wright, senior midfielder Amanda Curry, junior midfielder Olivia Harder, sophomore attacker Rachel Albright, and junior goalkeeper Kayla Pickard.

Eastwood first team choices are senior defender Ashley Seifert, senior midfielder Kate Nicely, and sophomore attacker Saige Smith.


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