Tony Haynes and Lynn Groll look back at Coldwater’s win over Columbus Grove.
SIDNEY – On a night full of offensive firepower, Coldwater’s barrage was too much to handle for Columbus Grove in the Division VI state semifinals at Sidney High School. The Cavaliers tallied 470 yards on 51 snaps and dashed Grove’s hopes of the second state title in program history with a 41-27 triumph.
“This is such an awesome team,” remarked Grove mentor Andy Schafer. “These guys are my family. That group of seniors I’ll never forget. I honestly think they changed the culture of the school. We had great community support. We had a big parade all the way here. It’s a great place to be at Columbus Grove.
“It really hurts losing this game,” added Schafer. “But I told the kids, look at the day when we didn’t think we were going to have a season. We’re going to look back and say, wow, that was a good football team.”
Coldwater will play in its 13th state championship game next Sunday at 5 p.m. at Fortress Obetz in southeast Columbus against New Middletown Springfield.
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.
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Lynn Groll has been covering football in “The Black Swamp” area since 2002 and his enthusiasm for football in the area is second to none.