Sunday, June 20, 2010
Orrville Football - Dream Schedule
We're a mere 9 weeks from the opening game of the 2010 high school football season. Plain and simple...it's time to talk football.
An easy topic today. Make your dream Red Rider football schedule. Sounds easy right? Sort of.
Here's the 10 teams I'd have on the schedule if we were an independent. I'd love to add teams like Massillon, McKinley and the like, but let's be realistic, most years we'd lose games against D-1 schools. Sure, we'd love a shot, but 8 out of 10 years it simply wouldn't be close.
I'd want my schedule to be against tradition rich teams in NE Ohio with strong followings, and teams that, most years, will bring a lot of computer points to the table.
Here's how I'd do it.
Week 1. Louisville Leopards (NBC). Tradition rich, always talented. Tough to play a D-2 team in Week 1, but Orrville has always scheduled up.
Week 2. Triway Titans (PAC-7). Local rival, good crowd regardless of where it's held.
Week 3. Ashland Arrows (OCC). Gets us on their field every other year and the Arrows are always a good matchup with us.
Week 4. Tuslaw Mustangs (PAC-7). Local team, program on the rise, lots of recent success. Plus their helmets rule, and they have Under Armour unifoms.
***Seriously, if Tuslaw can get Under Armour uniforms, then why can't we?
Week 5. Dover Tornadoes (ECOL). Big tradition, awesome stadium, cool uniforms. Classic matchup.
Week 6. A rotation of Canton Central Cath., Akron St. V. and Akron Hoban. The obligatory parochial opponent. We'd play 2 games each (one home, one away) then rotate.
Week 7. Canton Timken (PAC-7). Probably the weakest team on the docket, but one that calls Fawcett Stadium home. Easy computer points most years.
Week 8. Manchester Panthers (PAC-7). That's four PAC teams. Maybe that's a better fit than the OCC for Orrville?? Regardless, Manchester is an old AOL rival and always produces good teams.
Week 9. Any team from the Wayne County Athletic League. This could be an open date. Whoever is leading the WCAL after week 8 gets a shot at Orrville. Game is held at Orrville.....no questions asked. I get the "nothing to gain" arguement....but I'd welcome the challenge.
Week 10. Wooster Generals (OCC). Don't fix what isn't broken.
Whaddya think? I'd say, even in a down year, that there's 6-7 winnable games each and every year. The flipside of that is that 6-7 could be "loseable" too. Louisville, Ashland, the parochial game and Dover would always be tough matchups.
Other potential candidates......Mogadore Wildcats, Medina Bees, Wadsworth Grizzlies, Canton South Wildcats, Avon Lake Shoremen. Out of the area candidates that just don't fit due to travel issues.....Ironton, Bellaire and any team from the MAC (Coldwater, Versailles, etc.)
What's your dream schedule? Or are you perfectly happy the way things are?