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Black Swamp Football Podcast No. 48: Fairview’s Doug Rakes

Lynn Groll catches up with Doug Rakes, who recently stepped down as headman at Faiview

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Rakes steps away at Fairview

SHERWOOD – After spending the last 27 years involved with Fairview football as a player and a coach, Doug Rakes is stepping away from the gridiron for the first time since before his junior high days.
Rakes, who spent the last eight seasons as headman of the Fairview varsity program, resigned Wednesday.
Along with two years as a junior high player and then as a standout for the great Bob Olwin varsity teams of the late 90s at Fairview, Rakes joined Olwin’s coaching staff after graduating in 1999 and later served on Dave Robinson’s staff.
Rakes then took over the helm of the program in 2013.
His resignation will be given to the Central Local Schools Board of Education at next month’s meeting.

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Episode 44: Black Swamp Football Podcast

Tony Haynes and Lynn Groll look back at Columbus Grove’s Region 22 championship victory over Fairview while looking ahead to the Bulldogs’ matchup with top-ranked Coldwater in the state semifinals this Saturday.

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Reynolds’ halftime speech ignites second-half Columbus Grove surge

DEFIANCE – An inspiring halftime speech from senior quarterback/defensive back Blake Reynolds left an impression on his Columbus Grove teammates and coaches on Saturday night in the Division VI, Region 22 championship game at Defiance High School.
The Bulldogs outscored Fairview 28-7 in the final 24 minutes to break a 14-14 halftime deadlock on the way to a 42-21 triumph.
Columbus Grove, which is now 5-0 in regional championship games, will play state power Coldwater in the state semifinals next Saturday at a site to be determined today by the OHSAA. The top-ranked Cavaliers rolled past Mechanicsburg, 35-14, in the Region 24 championship game Saturday night. The victory was the 600th in program history for the MAC juggernaut that’s won six state championships, finished state runner-up six times and is making its 16th Final 4 appearance.
Grove is playing in its first state semifinal since 2014 following three straight appearances from 2001-03.
“I can’t talk highly enough about our seniors,” said Grove headman Andy Schafer. “I wish I had a recording to capture the moment in the locker room when Blake – really for the first time ever – shared his heart. He got up in front of the team at halftime and shared his heart. There were tears, there was leadership.”

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Grove and Fairview set up for colossal clash in Region 22 championship tilt

It all comes down to this.
Division VI’s rugged Region 22 championship will be decided in Saturday evening’s skirmish between Columbus Grove and Fairview.
The Apaches had the right to host the game but moved the game to Defiance’s Fred J. Brown Stadium to allow for more spectators.
Both teams enter the dustup with perfect 9-0 marks.
Fairview, playing in its second regional championship in the last three years, has never ventured to the state semifinal in program history. Grove will be looking for its fifth Final 4 showing.
The winner will advance to the state semifinals at a site to be determined on Sunday against the winner of the Region 24 championship: Mechanicsburg at Coldwater.
Last week’s regional semifinals were vastly different for both Fairview and Columbus Grove.
Fairview had to erase a 27-7 second quarter lead at Colonel Crawford to rally for a 35-34 victory. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs rampaged past Archbold, the top seed in the region.

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