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Arrows Prep For Madison

Story By: Jeff Alan



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The 5-3 Ashland Arrow football team has put themselves back in the OHSAA playoff hunt by winning four out of their last five games, the latest a 42-7 win over the Clear Fork Colts. Heading into week nine the Arrows sit fourth in Region five of Division II and need to win out to assure themselves of a trip to the post season and possibly a home game in week one of the playoffs.

Their opponent on Friday night, the 5-3 Madison Rams have won three straight and sit tenth in Region eight of Division III. More so than the Arrows, Madison needs to win their final two games of the season in hopes of climbing into the eighth spot in their region to extend their season. Arrows coach Scott Valentine says his team has to prevent the big play by Madison's offense. Last week in their 50-16 win over Orrville, the Rams Juan Howard ran for 216 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries, while Rams quarterback Austin Finley threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns on seven of eight passing.

The Arrows will try to counter with one of the best passing quarterbacks in the area in Grant Denbow who lit up the Colts for 359 yards and five touchdowns with Trey Smith catching four TD throws. Smith caught a total of ten passes on the night for 230 receiving yards. Both teams will close out the regular season next Friday, the Rams hosting rival Mansfield Senior, the Arrows hosting Lexington. Ashland has made six trips to the playoffs under coach Scott Valentine since 2002, their last trip coming in 2011. Madison's last trip came in 2012.

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