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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Week 2 Review & Upcoming Schedule

Week 2 of football season is in the books...a nice 52-7 thumping over Triway. Again, can't complain about the points this offense has put up and the play of the defense either. But still lots to work on, but that's a good thing. No reason to peak in week 2. Seems that through history, Coach Davault's team hit their stride late in the season and are playing their best ball late in the season.

I'll hit the high points of the win over Triway, look ahead to week 3 vs. Copley and look at the upcoming week for all the fall sports teams.

***Thanks again to Rod Dilyard for the great pictures (full gallery here), like the one at right of senior Stewart Turner leaping high in the air for one of his 5 receptions on the night.  Turner tallied 106 receiving yards on the night and found the endzone twice.  He's topped 100 yards receiving in each of the first two games and is on track to make a serious run at the single-season receiving yards record of 1102 yards set by Brad Thomas in 2006 (in 13 games).

***It was great to see our balanced run game.  Junior Nick Graber, sophomore Joel Zook and freshman Martavius Dyson all found the end zone and accounted for nearly 200 yards of rushing on the night.  It was also nice to see this done with Mason Monheim serving as a lead blocker most of the night.  Drew Brenner and Turner are also more than capable taking hand offs and reverses.  We have more several options out of the backfield and teams are going to need to account for that if we continue to be effective running the ball.

***I've liked the Wooster Daily Record's coverage so far this season.  Nice to see them taking a multimedia approach with picture slideshows to go along with their reporting.  With the Akron Beacon Journal a shell of it's former self, and us being too far east for the Mansfield paper and too far west for the Massillon/Canton papers, the only coverage we're going to get is from the Wooster paper, and they do a solid job.

***The win over Triway was the 590th win in program history.  600 wins is within reach this season, but we'd have to keep piling up wins and make another deep playoff run.  The win marked the first time in program history that an Orrville team has opened the season by scoring 40 or more in the first two games.  The 93 total points is second only to the 1995 season in terms of total points scored in the first two games.  The '95 team scored 105 (74 vs. Cleveland East and 31 vs. Dover) in the first two weeks.

***According to Ohio Computer points wizard Joe Eitel, if the playoffs started today, Orrville would be the 4 seed and host 5 seed Norwayne in the first round.  It would also mark the first time in 30 years that Orrville faced a Wayne County Athletic League team (oddly enough, that game was against Norwayne too).  Who knows what happens in the next 8 weeks, but Norwayne and the Riders both have looked good early on.  Hard for me to say that either team WON'T be part of the top 8 after 10 weeks.

***This Friday should be a good one as Copley comes to town.  They're 1-1, after a loss to a good Jackson team and a tough win over Firestone.  Junior running back Aregeros Turner should be a familiar face to Rider fans.  He's back for another year and is fresh off a game where he tallied 200 yards on 20 carries, so he'll definitely be the biggest test to date for the Riders run defense.

They'll also feature trick shot artist Lou Gigliotti at QB for the Indians.  Video is below, but here's the link if you can't see embedded videos.

Pretty cool really.  Hopefully the Rider defense can make their own highlight video this week shutting down the Indians.  Should a fun atmosphere.  Big game, new scoreboard will be up and running, and hopefully another Red Rider win.

***College Update.  Was neat to see all the Red Rider alums on the college fields and courts this past weekend.  According to my 'College Riders' database, there's nearly 50 OHS alums playing in college, many in Division I programs. If I'm missing anyone in my list, please drop me a line.

***The first Booster Club meeting of the 2011-12 school year is this Wednesday at 7:30pm at the High School community room.  This is a great venue to hear reports from all in-season coaches and even ask questions.  Meetings are open to the public and give great insight.

***Upcoming Schedule: Week of September 5th.
Volleyball - Tuesday @ Madison, Thursday vs. Clear Fork.  JV match starts at 5pm, varsity follows.
Freshman Football - Thursday @ Wooster, 5pm
JV Football - Saturday @ Wooster, 10am
Soccer - Tuesday @ Mansfield Sr., 5pm, Saturday @ Northwest, 12pm.
Golf - Tuesday @ Lexington, Thursday @ Wooster.  Both start at 4:15pm
Cross Country - Tuesday @ Smithville Invite 4:30pm, Saturday @ Wooster Invite, 9am
Girls Tennis - Tuesday @ Clear Fork 4:30pm, Wednesday @ Triway, 4:15pm, Thursday vs. Ashland, 4:30pm

***One more housekeeping note. No longer will I allow anonymous comments on the site. Please remember the reason I do this is to positively support all OHS athletes and their accomplishments. I don't hide behind this site, and never will (my name and email is very easy to find)...and I ask that commenters don't hide behind anonymity in order to make comments that are less-than-supporting. Please remember that all comments are subject to review before publishing, and comments deemed (by me) to be negative in nature will be rejected. Blogs are free...if you feel your voice isn't being heard, start your own site....I did.

That's it. Have a great week.

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