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The drought is over for Northwood.

Despite posting 8-2 and 9-1 records in 2007 and 2008, respectively, and winning the Toledo Area Athletic Conference title both years, the Rangers were shut out of postseason play.

This season, the Rangers finished 7-3 and garnered enough computer points to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time since 2004. Their reward? A first-round road game against the top-ranked Division V team in the state.

Northwood, which won its third straight TAAC title, played at Northwest Ohio Athletic League champion Patrick Henry (10-0) Friday. The winner will play either Ashland Crestview (9-1) or Jeromesville Hillsdale (8-2) on Nov. 13.

"We knew even mid-year that if we had a chance to get in, we would get in as a number seven or eight seed and we knew we would draw somebody at the top of the region or at the top of the state (poll)," Northwood coach Ken James said. "If we want to get where we want to go as a program, we're going to have to play teams like this. We're going to have to play at this level and compete against them.


It is a certainty that Eastwood's current players have more postseason experience than Saturday night's Division IV playoff opponent, Galion.

Coach Jerry Rutherford, in his 28th year, has led the Eagles to the state playoffs six times in the past eight years, including three years running.

Galion, located in Crawford County, ended a 20-year playoff drought this season. The Tigers won the Division II state title in 1985, beating Youngstown Cardinal Mooney 6-0 in the finals, and also qualified in 1986 and '89.

Rutherford, however, said the Eagles' recent playoff experience won't be much of a factor against Galion (10-0), which hosts Eastwood (8-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday, November 8.

"Galion played 10 games and went 10-0 and had close games in some big-time atmosphere, so I don't know if it will be any advantage for us or a disadvantage for them," Rutherford said. "They're playing at home and we're traveling. Our seniors played 13 games as sophomores and played 11 games last year, so they are used to playing more than 10 weeks."


Genoa’s offensive line has allowed only four sacks in two years ( 24 games) and paved the way for another 1,000-plus yards rusher. Line coach Tim Speiss talked about their success in a recent interview.

Kody Vincent, C, 6-0, 230 lb Sr. "Kody Vincent has done a tremendous job in making himself into the best center in the SLL. His physical transformation from his sophomore year, to his senior year, will be a story I will tell all my underclassmen until the day I retire."

Brad Szypka, LG, 6-2, 225 lb Jr. "Brad is one of my top three guards, and he's a junior. I believe I can substitute in Brad, (starting RG) Andrew Hayes, and #56 Casey Wojciechowski in at any time, and our level of play should stay the same."

Jake Schreuder, T, 5-7, 223 lb Sr. "Jake Schreuder scored a 34 on the ACT. I had an NCAA D-I offensive tackle who could have played anywhere in the country, but he chose to go to Harvard, and graduated with honors. He scored a 33. So, obviously Jake's future is a very good one. He's a very unselfish leader,that our younger players emulate."


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