North Ridgeville at North Olmsted
Records: North Ridgeville 4-1; North Olmsted 3-2
What: Southwestern Conference
Date of Game: Friday, Oct. 2
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m.
Location: North Olmsted High School, 5755 Burns Rd, North Olmsted, OH 44070
North Ridgeville (4-1) is led by second year head coach Luke Durbin. Coming off a 5-5 season, Durbin has the Rangers improving steadily at the midpoint of the season. Prior to joining the Rangers, Durbin spent four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Massillon Washington.
North Olmsted (3-2) is led by third year head coach Tim Brediger. Brediger, The North Olmsted alum has an overall record of 18-8 at the helm.
The Rangers are coming off a 42-14 win over conference opponent, Avon Lake, where Ohio State football commit Demario McCall scored 4 touchdowns in front of a home crowd. McCall, ranked 55 in ESPN's top 300 of 2016, is one of the best high school running backs in the county. McCall has 48 carries for 465 (9.7 YPC) and 9 total touchdowns on the season. On the Defensive side of the ball, DL Tyler Sycz leads the team with 26.5 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks.
North Olmsted's two losses came at the hands of undefeated Midview in week two and Avon (4-1) in a 41-40 loss in triple OT in week three. The Eagles are back on track, winning their last two games against Westlake and Lakewood. Last week, Sr. quarterback Christian Ammons (YTD: 76/134 for 1,232 yards passing, 13 TDs and 4 INTs) connected with his favorite target, 6'3 Sr. WR Ryan Coleman for 3 touchdowns in the Eagles 28-12 win against Lakewood. Coleman leads the team with 33 receptions for 616 yards (18.67 YPC), 9 TD and 4-INTs on defense. Sr. Mario DeJoy averages 5.2 YPC on the ground, while leading the defense with 61 tackles, 4-TFL, 4-PBU and 1-INT. The interior of the defense is anchored by freshman ILB Tyler Jones (55 tackles, 2-TFL) and Jr. ILB Chandler Johnson (33 tackles, 2-TFL and 8 QB pressures).
North Olmsted has their hands full trying to contain one of the most talented running backs in the county. The Eagles need to set the edge, forcing McCall inside, where disciplined gap techniques and gang tackling will keep the dangerous back from reaching the second level.
Can the Rangers continue their early season success as the Eagles look to move to 4-2 in front of the home crowd?
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