The Warriors will make the program’s first playoff appearance since 2015, and Coach Randy Clark’s club has won as many games this season as the past 2 years combined. One of this season’s setbacks occurred to state-ranked Springfield Local (49-28).
Last week’s Warriors’ win over Champion (33-0) secured the All-American Conference Blue Tier Division title (1st since 2015) – the last, as the conference is dissolving. In that win Tyler Briggs ran for 91 yards (5 and 29-yard TDs) and tossed a 48-yard scoring strike to Gage Emery, and QB Hayden Gibson ran for a 4-yard score and tossed a 30-yard TD to Dakota King.
Coach Matthew Adorni’s Wildcats have whipped opponents by an aggregate 359-181 scoring differential, including Norwayne (31-30), Shadyside (28-21), Mogadore-Field (35-6), Meadowbrook (44-20), Rootstown (42-6), Valley Christian (42-14), Garrettsville-Garfield (39-21), Southeast (32-12), and Crestwood (43-24). The lone loss occurred in Week 4 to state-ranked Lima Central Catholic (27-21). Rootstown and Garfield are OHSAA D-V playoff qualifiers.
Members of the Portage Trail Conference, Mogadore’s program has produced 3 OHSAA championships and 33 playoff appearances. A year ago Mogadore advanced to the state semifinals, falling to perennial power and eventual state champion Kirtland.
According to cleveland.com’s Matt Goul, in last week’s win over Crestwood, the Wildcats went for 351 yards rushing, led by Dylan Jones, Tave Constantine and Tyler Knight, as well as athletic wide-out Nathan Stephenson.
OTHER OHSAA D-VI REGION 21 PAIRINGS
• No. 8 Berlin Center Western Reserve (8-2) at No. 1 New Middletown Springfield (10-0)
• No. 5 Salineville Southern (10-0) at No. 4 Glouster Trimble (10-0)
• No. 6 Dalton (9-1) at No. 3 Beverly Fort Frye (10-0)