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Warriors Seek Strong Finish To Campaign

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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Before the start of the high school football regular season, Ontario head football coach Scott Kreger wasn't exactly sure what to expect from his team this year, with the departure of perhaps the most talented graduating class in program history. But with just a few days remaining in the Warriors campaign, he believes their season to have been a success, despite a bit of misfortue along the way.

"We've dealt with a lot this year, with injuries, with sicknesses, with just unfortunate circumstances and we haven't had that situation here since I've been head coach," Kreger says, now in his sixth season with the program. "Our young men have continued to get better and I think we've grown in areas that we needed to grow in, some not as much as we needed to, but I think overall, I've been pretty happy with our progression as a football program."

The Warriors find themselves at 5-4 heading into week ten, mathematically eliminated from making the Division IV playoffs. Over the second half of the season however, Ontario has won three of their last four games and made steady improvements along the way.

"We've played pretty good ball," says Kreger. "We've gotten better each week since about the Norwalk game and have improved."

The Warriors took it on the chin against the 9-0 Truckers (40-7) in week five, but have lost just once since, at 7-2 Bellevue (64-23) in week eight. Ontario will now wrap-up their season with 6-3 Tiffin Columbian at Copeland Field on Friday, looking to finish alone in third place in the final Northern Ohio League standings.

The Tornadoes will need a win to clinch a postseason berth, but Kereger says his team won't use that as a motivating factor in the game. He says "we want to win because we want to win", to "ring that victory bell one more time."

Kreger added that his team "learned last week (in a 38-17 win at Sandusky) that you gotta kind of go out and play without fear and without doubt. I think our kids are hungry and we're gonna go out and give everything we've got on Friday night."

You can catch the Ontario vs Tiffin Columbian game in its entirety on WMFD TV, Saturday at 8:30 am and 7:00 pm. Highlights can also be seen on WMFD's Scores and More, Friday at 11:30 pm.

   
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