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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

2011 Week 9 Preview: Orrville Red Riders @ Clear Fork Colts

Who: Orrville Red Riders (5-3, 3-2 in the OCC) vs Clear Fork Colts (3-5, 2-3 in the OCC)
Where: "The Colt Corral" - Bellville, OH (Directions here)
When: Friday October 21st All-Time Series: Orrville leads 9 to 1. (Series Detail Here)

Last Year: Clear Fork beat Orrville 33-0 for their first ever win over the Riders
Last Week: Orrville beat Madison 20-17, Clear Fork lost to Ashland 49-14.
Coaches: Dave Carrol is 17-6 in his 3rd year and Colt head coach.  Doug Davault is 47-21 in his 6th season as Rider head coach.

Radio/TV:  None (that I know of..)
Region Standings: Orrville is 3rd in Region 13 and could lock up a home playoff game with a win.  Clear Fork is 12th in the stacked Region 14 and will need to win out and get help just to make it to week 11.

Not going to change my approach this week since it worked last week.  JUST WIN, BABY!!

Clear Fork is known as a run team, but can throw the ball some too.  But in the last 4 games it's been their office that just hasn't been able to put up points, averaging only 13 points per game.  That's about what the Orrville defense is allowing per game, so this is another game where, if the Orrville offense can put up some points, they should head to week 10 sitting at 6-3.

Field conditions will be sloppy, but when isn't the field bad at the Corral?  It's part of the Bellville experience.  Orrville will look to run the ball behind Mason Monheim and pick it's spots passing the ball.  Returning this week for the Riders is sophomore Joel Zook, who has missed the last 5 games with a broken collarbone.  Kyle Lichti, Drew Brenner and Stewart Turner were all dinged up in last week's win over Madison, but all 3 are expected to play.

Riders need a win to solidify a home playoff game and Clear Fork needs to win out just to have a shot to make it to the playoffs, so there's plenty riding on this game.

If the Riders can put up another disciplined game like they did last week (2 penalties, 0 turnovers), I think they'll be fine.

Common Opponents:
Clear Fork beat Senior by 7, Orrville lost to Senior by 7.
Clear Fork beat Lexington by 2, Orrville beat Lexington by 23.
Clear Fork lost to Madison by 7, Orrville beat Madison by 3.
Clear Fork lost to Ashland by 35, Orrville lost to Ashland by 14.

Predictions: says Orrville by 10. says Orrville wins 28-7.

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