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Central looking to continue dominance over St. Francis

St. Francis and Central Catholic will tee up the pigskin for the second time this season when the Knights invade Gallagher Stadium on Friday night for a Division II, Region 6 quarterfinal.
“Whether you are playing these guys once a season or twice in a season, it is always very difficult to beat them,” remarked St. Francis headman Dan Chipka. “Their track-record speaks for itself … only a handful of teams have beaten them in this area over the last decade. But we know that – and realize that both the TRAC championship and OHSAA playoff march goes through them. We will not back down.”
The Knights are looking to end nearly two decades of dominance by the Irish in the Toledo rivalry, with St. Francis losing 18 straight to the Irish dating back to 2003.

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Central trying to stay unbeaten with trip to St. Francis

Toledo rivas St. Francis and Central Catholic will renew acquaintances on Friday when the Irish visit the Knights.
Central is coming off a big, 49-42, triumph over St. John’s, which was considered a main threat to the Irish coming into the season. Greg Dempsey’s squad also thumped Lima Senior, 55-0, in week 1.
“I think offensively we’re in a little better spot than we thought,” said Dempsey. “Although I think there can be a false sense of security you get from not knowing this early. The lack of scrimmages really puts people at disadvantages in certain areas. Yeah, we’ve scored points … but are you really as good as you think or are you just getting big plays? What are we really?”

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Central Catholic claims thriller

As advertised.
Billed as the likely top game in northwest Ohio this season, TRAC combatants St. John’s and Central Catholic did not disappoint.
“I think you saw two teams coming off big wins last week with high scores and you didn’t really know what to expect of yourself,” said Central Catholic head coach Greg Dempsey. “I think you saw kids that got better from last week, both teams did. It was a big test and to be tested this early, it is a true measure of your team. To have a game this early … we’re lucky to be playing. To have this opportunity for the fans and everyone; this was a little sense of normal that we haven’t been getting. I’m glad we came out on the good side of it and it was great for both communities tonight. You saw both teams at the end with so much respect for what each had gone through. It was pretty impressive.”

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