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Prep Football: Panthers take care of Cubs, 36-6

By TED RADICK staff writer TIFFIN — McComb two-way lineman Noah DeLaCerda was confident, yet wary, as the third quarter got underway in Friday’s Division VII, Region 24 championship at Tiffin’s Frost-Kalnow Stadium. The Panthers, up 14-0, were to receive the...

Prep Football: Tinora has plenty of respect for Van Buren

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER Tinora’s football team, a Division VI state semifinalist last year, is a program that has earned respect with its gridiron success in the 2000s. Rams coach Kenny Krouse made it clear he respects Tinora’s opponent, Van Buren, in...

Prep Football: Defense coming up big for Van Buren

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER VAN BUREN — Football these days, it seems, is all about the offense. The scoreboard turns over like a pinball machine as passes fill the air and points are scored in bunches. Defense? A foregone conclusion much of the time. Not at Van Buren,...

Prep Football: McComb looking for a fast start

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER MCCOMB — Knowing that Lucas running back Mason Galco enters Friday’s Division VII, Region 24 championship game just 11 yards shy of 2,000 for the season, McComb coach Kris Alge figures the best defense may be a good offense. “Our...

Prep Football: Lucas hungry for additional playoff success

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER These are heady days for the Lucas football program, and coach Scott Spitler is quick to acknowledge it’s not all about him. “It’s been a total commitment, from our kids to our coaching staff to our administration,” said Spitler,...

Prep football: Black Knights beat Delta on final play

BY TED RADICK STAFF WRITER HOLLAND — Van Buren’s Nick DeVore ran for 195 yards Saturday night. The final yard will stick in the minds of the Black Knights for a long time to come. DeVore, on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 5 seconds left in the game, took a...

Prep Football: Van Buren wins 29-28 thriller on final play

BY TED RADICK STAFF WRITER HOLLAND — Van Buren’s Nick DeVore ran for 195 yards Saturday night. The final yard is what will stick in the minds of the Black Knights for a long time to come. DeVore, on fourth-and-goal with 5 seconds left in the game, took a pitch, ran...

Prep football: McComb’s been down, not out

By TED RADICK staff writer It’s getting to be a habit for McComb’s football team, this falling behind at the half issue. For the second straight week, the Panthers found themselves behind on the scoreboard at intermission. For the second straight week, McComb rallied...

Prep football: O-G defense makes late stop in 23-15 victory

By TED RADICK STAFF WRITER LEWISTOWN — Indian Lake got what it wanted late in Saturday’s Week 11 football playoff game, a chance to tie and send it to overtime. Ottawa-Glandorf got what it wanted, a chance to make a key stop. Survive and advance, and that’s what...

Division IV football: O-G advances with ‘ugly win’

By TED RADICK Staff Writer LEWISTOWN — Indian Lake got what it wanted late in Saturday’s Week 11 football playoff game, a chance to tie and send it to overtime. Ottawa-Glandorf got what it wanted, a chance to make a key stop. Survive and advance, and that’s what...