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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Week 2 Preview - Triway at Orrville

Who: Orrville Red Riders (1-0) vs. Triway Titans (0-1)

Where: Heartland Field at Red Rider Stadium

When: Friday August 31, 2012, 7pm - GATES OPEN AT 5:45pm

Radio: Updates on WQKT 104.5

All Time Series: Orrville leads 34-6.  The Riders have won 7 of the last 8 in the series.  Last Triway win was in 2009, 28-14.

Last Meeting: Week 2 of 2011 (Orrville won 52-7)

Last Week: Orrville beat Northwest 24-20, Triway lost to West Holmes 41-22.

Coaches: Doug Davault is 51-22 in his 7th year as Orrville coach, Tony Lee is 18-15 in his 4th season as Triway coach.

Should be a great atmosphere on Friday night as the Titans looks for only their 2nd win at Orrville in school history and look to spoil the grand opening of the new Heartland Field.

Triway will look to bounce back from a week 1 loss to West Holmes in which the Knights ran for 450+ yards on the Triway defense.  That game was a 2-point Triway lead in the 4th quarter before the Knights ran away & hid late.  Triway threw the ball for 350+ and will look to do the same this week with sophomore Parker Carmichael at the helm of Triway's passing attack with Kyle Kearney and Lane Drake being two of his many targets.

Orrville did a little bit of everything in their week 1 win over Northwest.  They ran for 150+ yards even after losing junior Joel Zook to a knee injury.  Sophomores Kayronn Inman and Martavius Dyson split carries once Zook went down.  Senior Kyle Lichti threw 2 TD passes (both to Brandon Johnson) and even scored a special teams touchdown on a blocked punt by senior Tyrone White that was scooped up by Martavius Dyson.  Even the kicking game got in on the action, with sophomore Cole Duskey booting a 25 yard field goal for the first points of the 2012 campaign for the Riders.

Orrville's defense was stout, holding Northwest to just 1 scoring drive (a broken play that resulted in a TD and a kickoff return accounted for the Indians other 2 scores.).

The 41st meeting between Orrville & Triway will likely come down to the matchup of Orrville's defense against Triway's offense.  If the Titans are able to throw the ball and march down the field, it will be an interesting game.  If Orrville's athletes are able to slow the Titan passing attack, it will be up to the Titan defense to make plays.

I like the Riders chances in this one, but don't think the kids in purple aren't ready to come out and spoil this night for the Rider faithful.  This will be no walk in the park like last year's 52-7 Orrville victory.  This year's edition of this backyard rivalry will likely resemble the Riders' 27-25 victory in the 2010 playoffs.

In terms of regular season games at our stadium, this one will rank up there with the 100th anniversary game between Orrville & Wooster back in 2003 as far as hype and pregame festivities.

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