Black Swamp Football


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.

Grove underclassmen playing for “family” mentality created by seniors

COLUMBUS GROVE – Spend any amount of time around the Columbus Grove football program and the word – family – comes up frequently.
“I think we all need to play as a family and not as a team,” said junior running back Colin Metzger. “Playing as a team each person comes in individually … the seniors are like family at this point because of how much we’ve played together and been together.”
Metzger is one of the Bulldogs’ underclassmen that are following the lead of a senior class that is on a mission.
Grove’s next journey will take them to the Division VI state semifinals on Saturday at Sidney High School against state power Coldwater.
To get there, the Bulldogs dispatched a talented Fairview squad last Saturday in the Region 22 championship game 42-21.
The triumph was savored by Grove headman Andy Schafer.
“That game and that win last Saturday was so special,” remarked Schafer.

Otsego puts unbeaten mark on line against strong O-G squad

Saturday’s Division V, Region 18 semifinal with Ottawa-Glandorf in Tontogany to face Otsego will feature a pair of teams rolling.
“That’s the goal, to be playing your best at the end of the season,” said 25-year O-G headman Ken Schriner.
The Titans are trying to get back to the regional championship a year after suffering a 17-10 setback to eventual state champion Clyde in the D-IV regional finals. With a win this week and another next week over the victor from Richmond North Union at Eastwood, O-G would be making its second state semifinal showing. Schriner took the Titans to the state semifinals in 2009.
Meanwhile, Otsego is trying to continue to roll. The Knights have won all eight of their games by at least two scores while rolling up 313 points this season.