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Updated Weekly: 2008 Football Preview
Written by J. Patrick Eaken   
Tuesday, 07 October 2008 09:34
 

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Coach: Mike May, first year, 0-0.
Last Year: 8-3 (6-1 Sandusky Bay Conference).

Forecast: May has the task of keeping the Rockets rolling after coach Gary Quisno, who is now at Sandusky Perkins, led the program to a 224-83 record in 29 years. Oak Harbor, which lost in the first round of the playoffs to Marion Pleasant last fall, made eight playoff appearances under Quisno.

"There's an old saying in football that you never want to follow a legend, but I saw it as an advantage," May said. "He left the program in such great shape. Everything was intact coming in. He and his staff did such a great job over the years. The kids already knew how to work hard and they are used to discipline and have been fundamentally sound over the years. There are a lot of advantages to following coach Quisno."

 
Ottawa Hills struggling against Rangers in James Era
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 03 October 2008 15:46
Northwood joined the Toledo Area Athletic Conference in 2000 and has beaten Ottawa Hills in six out of seven meetings on the football field.

Rangers coach Ken James, who took over the Northwood program in 1986, has a 16-5 all-time record against the Green Bears.

The veteran coach, however, isn’t counting on his team’s past history against Ottawa Hills to have any bearing on its Oct. 10 meeting on the Bears’ turf.

Last season, Northwood struggled en route to a 28-21 win over Ottawa Hills. It was the Rangers’ closest conference game of the year on their way to the TAAC title.
 
Bears relying on seniors to turn program around
Written by Mark Griffin   
Friday, 03 October 2008 15:45
Matt Harp is not Jim Tressel.

The Gibsonburg football coach can’t turn to a freshman phenom like Terrelle Pryor to help save the Golden Bears’ season, in much the same way Tressel has done at Ohio State.

Harp must use the horses he already has in his stable to lead Gibsonburg to a winning record, and the third-year coach is confident he has a bunch of thoroughbreds in his 12 seniors.

Case in point: On Sept. 12 the Bears lost 49-13 at Suburban Lakes League favorite Eastwood. Seven days later Gibsonburg bounced back in impressive fashion, toppling a solid Lake squad 43-7.
 
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