NO. 4 AVON LAKE VS. NO. 1 TOLEDO CEN­TRAL CATHOLIC

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - SPORTS -

What: Divi­sion II, Re­gion 6 semi­fi­nal When: 7 p.m., Nov. 9 Where: Fire­lands Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter Sta­dium, 3714 Camp­bell St., San­dusky Records: Avon Lake 10-1, Toledo Cen­tral Catholic 11-0 Last play­off ap­pear­ance: Avon Lake 2016, Toledo Cen­tral Catholic 2017 The road here: Avon Lake — Def. Olm­sted Falls, 44-28, in a re­gional quar­ter­fi­nal, Toledo Cen­tral Catholic — Def. Toledo St. John’s Je­suit, 35-0, in a re­gional quar­ter­fi­nal For the record: Toledo Cen­tral Catholic passed its first test in the Divi­sion II play­offs, Toledo St. John’s Je­suit, with fly­ing colors. Now, the 2017 D-III state semi­fi­nal­ist gets to take a crack at a his­tor­i­cally vaunted, al­beit it re­cently re­turned to promi­nence, Avon Lake team. And, to put it sim­ply, be ready for the fire­works to fly. Both teams fea­ture high-oc­tane of­fenses, but that does not Rocky River 2015, Nor­walk 2014 The road here: Rocky River — Def. Clyde, 27-17, in a re­gional quar­ter­fi­nal, Nor­walk — Def. Bowl­ing Green, 42-14, in a re­gional quar­ter­fi­nal For the record: The Pi­rates have made a habit of rewrit­ing his­tory this sea­son. They will have to do it once again against Nor­walk. And this his­tory runs deep. The show­down be­tween the Pi­rates and the Truck­ers will be the first since 1952. They have met four times in the his­tory of the pro­grams, with Nor­walk claim­ing three wins. But, as has been stated, the 2018 Rocky River Pi­rates are not let­ting his­tor­i­cal fact and data in­flu­ence how they per­form this year. The Pi­rates have rein­vented their of­fense into a pass-first one. But a more bal­anced at­tack may be re­quired against a Nor­walk team that has been in­ter­cept­ing

Clearview — Def. Sparta High­land, 30-16, in a re­gional quar­ter­fi­nal, Bel­lville Clear Fork — Def. Bryan, 20-6, in a re­gional quar­ter­fi­nal For the record: The num­ber 44 has been haunt­ing the Clip­pers for just over a year. Now, Clearview gets a chance to de­throne the team that de­throned its triumphant re­turn to the play­offs last year in a lop­sided 44-0 game. The Colts are once again the top-seed in the re­gion af­ter a 10-0 reg­u­lar sea­son, but, while still an out­stand­ing team, do not ap­pear to be quite as dom­i­nant as last year. Clear Fork de­feated Bryan, 21-6, in a re­gional quar­ter­fi­nal, but that score does not tell the whole story, as it was a 7-6 Colts ad­van­tage with around 8 min­utes to play. That’s when the Colts’ de­fense did what it has the en­tire sea­son — be the dif­fer­ence. Clear Fork picked off Bryan three times in the game, re­turn­ing one for

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