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A Win is a Must For Clyde

After a loss last week to Sandusky, Clyde stands a game behind the Blue Streaks and Bellevue and must have a win this week against the Norwalk Truckers to have a chance at earning a piece of the Lake Division title.

The Fliers are still in the middle of the race because Sandusky plays Bellevue this week and then Clyde plays Bellevue next.

Sandusky won (42-28) last week and Clyde coach Ryan Carter says there were a couple of plays on both sides the ball that they just didn’t make. “After watching it and breaking it down and looking at it it came down to a couple of plays for us. We made a couple of critical errors on offense at bad times and a couple of critical errors on defense when we needed some stops,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “So, you have to tip your hat to them. They have a good football team, they have some very good players. We were not at all disappointed with our effort. We just need to execute a little bit better.”

Clyde still stands fourth in its division three computer region and has clinched a playoff spot, but they would like to host a game. Carter says they must beat the Truckers. “We know we have to take care of what we can take care of. The only thing we can take of is ourselves. This week we play Norwalk and they have been a very tough out for people. Their record doesn’t show it. They have led a lot of games at half and they have played very well, so we know we have our work cut out for us,” he said.

Norwalk (2-6,0-3) lost to Perkins (20-7) last week. That was the Pirates first win of the season, yet the week before took Sandusky to the end before losing (17-14) on a late field goal the week before. So, it is difficult to figure what the Truckers will do.

Carter says they are expecting the Truckers best effort and execution come Friday night. “They have been very affective running the ball. We know we are going to get their best shot. I not sure their play against Perkins is indictive of their overall body of work. Again, we are going to get their best shot. We are more worried about ourselves and taking care of ourselves,” he said.

Published 10/18/17

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Unbeatens Clyde and Sandusky Lock Horns

Two of the three leaders in the Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference meet on Friday night as Clyde travels to Sandusky.

Both have won some tight games this year, but they have been able to beat everyone they have played so far.

Clyde (7-0,2-0), #3 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the large school division, hammered Tiffin Columbian (42-0) last week.

Considering what was ahead for them, coach Ryan Carter says they showed very good focus against the winless Tornadoes. “I was pleased with our focus and just the way we came out and went about our business last week at Tiffin. I thought it was a game that you could get caught looking ahead and not come out and play your best. This group of kids is very determined and very focused and they want to try and improve every game. I think we have made small improvements since two a days and it is due in large part to our group of kids that come in everyday with a good work ethic and focus. They are enjoying the process,” said Carter.

Sandusky (7-0,2-0), #2 in our poll, got a field goal at the horn last week to avoid an upset at the hands of Norwalk (17-14) in league play. They have not lost a regular season game since 2015.

Carter says they are loaded with good players. “There are a lot of things good about them. When you turn on the film they have athleticism and speed all over the field. They are good in many different spots. Obviously, highlighted by their quarterback. He is not the only thing you have to concern yourself with when you play them. They have a very, very good running back. A number of wide receivers that are game changers,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “They are very fast on defense, very aggressive. They just really do things well over there. They are new to our league, but obviously not new to our area. They are just doing very good things. Coach Franklin does a nice job. They do things the right way. He really has the culture turned over there. We have our work cut out for us going on the road and trying to be as competitive as we can be.”

Sandusky also rallied to beat Fremont Ross (16-15) in the final moments last month. Carter says the Streaks are good in the clutch. “They are very good and when you have players like that that step up and do things at crunch time that makes you a good team and obviously have good leadership and good young men. We have seen all that stuff and know the task at hand going in. Our kids are looking forward to Friday night,” he said.

With a game like this Carter says they know what they are up against, but they are more than excited to play this game. “You don’t have to tell our kids anything this week. They will go out there and be ready to play. If you are playing in meaningful games in October. You are into week eight and you are playing games that matter for league and playoffs and stuff like that you know you have had a successful season and are doing something right, so our kids are excited for the task at hand. We know it is going to be a hard task to go over there and be competitive, but we are going to give it everything we’ve got,” said Carter.

Published 10/13/17

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Clyde Faces Dangerous Tiffin Columbian

Clyde is unbeaten through six games of the high school football season and they would be considered a significant favorite as they travel to Tiffin Columbian for a Lake Division game in the Sandusky Bay Conference on Friday night.

Last week, in a similar circumstance, they belted rival Sandusky Perkins (30-7) in a game that was affectively over by halftime.

Coach Ryan Carter says they played with a lot of energy on both sides of the ball. “I was very pleased how we came out and executed early on. We got off to an outstanding start on defense and basically pitched a shutout giving up a late touchdown in the fourth quarter,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “We got off to a great start offensively. It was 30-0 at halftime. So, I was very pleased with how we came out and the focus that we had, the energy we had. To get victory in your first league game like that we will take it.”

Clyde (6-0,1-0), #3 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the large school division, plays at Tiffin Columbian (0-6,0-1) on Friday night. The Tornadoes lost their first game as a member of the “SBC” last week (56-8) to the Sandusky Blue Streaks, also unbeaten on the season.

Carter says the Tornadoes are still kind of trying to find themselves. “It the same thing we see from Tiffin Columbian every year their kids play extremely hard. I think coach Lutz does a great job. They are still finding their way with a new coach and trying to learn from his system and trying to get everything down. They have had a couple of injuries, they have moved some guys around. We know going on the road over there at Tiffin they would like nothing better than to beat us and make their season,” said Carter.

Columbian coach Judd Lutz has said they want to try and establish the run. Carter says they try and do that early, but that is difficult to do when you are behind in games. “At least watching them on film they want to run the ball, but some of issues they have had with that is when you get down in games it is hard to just continually run the football. So, I think they have tried to really establish that early on in games. They want that to be their identity,” he said.

Published 10/03/17

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Clyde Starts League Play With Rival

Clyde, one of the preseason favorites to win the Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference, begins play in the division Friday night by hosting one its biggest rivals in the Perkins Pirates.

They completed their non-conference schedule with a (49-3) destruction of Port Clinton last Friday night.

They scored 21 points in the first quarter and never looked back. Coach Ryan Carter says they came out and were focused from the start. “I was happy with our kids. I thought we came out focused and determined and really got off to a good start. We were able to move the ball offensively and when you are able to do that against a team like Port Clinton and get ahead you force them to do some things out of character. So, I was pleased with our effort last week and our kids came out, like I said, focused,” he said.

They have played very well this year with wins over Ashland (22-19) and Anthony Wayne (30-28) to their credit. However, Carter says for them the big games start this week. “That was our focus this weekend in talking to our kids. Putting the first half of the schedule behind us and really trying to focus one week at a time. We have Perkins, their record doesn’t indicate it, but they are still a solid program, and their kids do things the right way. When you turn on the film you see kids that can still play football,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “It is not like they are depleted. They have kids out there that get after it. They have just had a little bit of the turnover bug and they have had some things go badly for them. It is our first league game in the new division. Perkins always plays us very good not matter what either team’s schedule is. So, we have our work cut out for us to try and get ready for them this week.”

Clyde (5-0,0-0), #3 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the large school division, host Perkins (0-5,0-0) on Friday. The Pirates were blanked by Oak Harbor (37-0) last week and have 20 turnovers in five games.

Carter says they have the talent to move the ball and stop you from moving it. “That is what you see. They move the football, they stop people, they do things very, very well, they just have some things go poorly for them in some of their games. They will have a fumble or a turnover or an interception or a penalty at the wrong time. It is not like their kids aren’t playing or their get aren’t getting after it. They are doing things the right way they are just having a little bit of bad luck right now. Our kids know that, we are prepared for that, and we are prepping like we are going to get a normal Perkins effort out of them,” said Carter.

Published 9/27/17

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Clyde Getting Ready For Inspired Port Clinton

Clyde has become one of the more consistent football programs in this area and Port Clinton is getting there and they meet in an inter-divisional game in the Sandusky Bay Conference on Friday night.

This game will not count in the league standings.

Clyde buried Toledo Bowsher (48-8) in a non-conference game last Friday night.

Coach Ryan Carter says they got out to a good start in the game, but they still have plenty of the things to work on this week. “We got off to a good start and about halfway through the second quarter it was 28-0. We had some areas I though halfway through that second quarter and into the third that we were a little deficient at. We turned the ball over a little bit too much. We spent three out of our first four weeks in Toledo. So, to go up there and get win and get out of there and now we are home for a little bit we were definitely going to take that. It was 28-0 and then they scored in the third quarter to make it 28-8, so it was a little closer than what the final outcome was. I was proud of our kids going on the road and getting a win,” said Carter.

Clyde (4-0), #3 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the large school division, plays host to Port Clinton (3-1) coming off a (42-7) win over Fremont St. Joe last week.

Carter says the Redskins are solid and beyond everything else they have the attitude that they are going to be successful when they take the field and that is the mark of a good team. “Coach Carmon has done a great job with that program and getting their kids to really buy in. They graduated a bunch of their really good skilled athletes from last year. They had a couple of kids that went on to play college football. They still have very good players, but the biggest thing when you watch them is their kids believe they are going to win each and every time they take the field now,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “So, it is important for us to have a good week of practice and get a little health, and we have to be ready to go because their kids will definitely come in here expecting to win and with them beating us last year also they will definitely have confidence against us. We have our work cut out for us, but we are happy to be home and happy to have the opportunity to play again Friday night.”

Port Clinton beat Clyde (27-21) last year when both were in the same division of the “SBC” before expansion.

Carter knows Port Clinton is going to come with fire in their eyes. “Coach Carmon has changed that culture and they believe they are going to win, so we definitely have our work cut out for us,” he said.

Published 9/19/17

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Clyde With Different Challenge

Clyde is coming off a tremendous comeback win over Anthony Wayne last week, but they have to sort of file that and forget it as they get ready for Toledo Bowsher this week.

Seth Hoffman kicked a 35 yard field goal with 10 seconds left last Friday to beat Anthony Wayne (30-27) in game that they once trailed by three scores.

Coach Ryan Carter says their experience in close game helped them when the pressure was on. “We had played a couple of fourth quarter games when we got into that one. We talked on the bus ride home about how we tried to draw from the fact that we had played some four quarter games and they had not. So, we were fortunate to get out of there with a win. That is a very good football team and I don’t envision them losing very many more football games this year, they are very well coached and sound in every aspect of the game. We were able to put enough together late to kick a field goal. We were fortunate to have a field goal kicker that can knock it in from 35 yards out. We got out of there with a win. We will obviously take it, but we put it in perspective where it is it’s week three, that’s all, we are on to week four now and we have Toledo Bowsher and they present their own problems for us,” said Carter.

Clyde (3-0), #3 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the large school division, plays at Toledo Bowsher (0-3) on Friday night in a non-conference game.

Carter thinks they are showing improvement as a football team every week and that’s what it he likes the most. “We have really focused on the fact that of making sure that we try to improve each day and each week and get better. I think we have did that. You don’t know. You watch games and you watch yourself on film and you hope that you get better each week. I think we have grown in all aspects of the game. I think special teams have really grown since that two a days period. I think our line play has been solid up front,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “We came into the year looking for a solidified quarterback position and we are still mixing Conner (Long) in there, but Trevor (Burtch) has really stepped forward and is playing that position very well right now for a kid that didn’t play last year and came back out his senior year and being able to contribute has probably been our most growth so far.”

Bowsher has given up at least 40 points in all three of its games so far this year, but Carter says they are going to be very athletic and very fast. “They are very athletic. They have a couple of kids that will definitely being playing on Saturdays next year. They haven’t won a game yet, but they have athletes all over the field and they presents us with issues as far as how fast they are. On week one we went against a Toledo Start team that had a lot of speed and brought a lot of pressure at you and we had all kinds of problems with than that. I am anticipating the same kind of game plan out of Bowsher. So, we are trying to prepare for that this week to get our kids focused on week four. We have a couple of kids banged up, so we are going to try and get healthy. They are very fast and that is what sticks out on film with them,” said Carter.

Published 9/13/17

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Clyde Gets Another Big Test

Year in and year out Clyde is one of the better football teams in North Central Ohio and they continue to play one of the toughest schedules.

They beat Ashland (22-19) last week and play at Anthony Wayne (2-0) on Friday night in non-conference play.

The Fliers rallied in the late going to down Ashland (22-19) last week. Coach Ryan Carter says it was an outstanding game. “It was a good game. Both teams played well. We were just fortunate to make a couple more plays than they did. I thought they played well and I thought we played well. We still had a little of the turnover bug, which cost us a little bit when we were in the red zone. They made some plays at the end to take the lead. We made enough plays in a drive to score and take the lead back and held on defensively. They were moving it and we had a couple of nice plays and a sack on fourth down that got us off the field. They are a very good team, but we don’t get to rest at all we have an Anthony Wayne team that looks pretty impressive when you watch them on film,” said Carter.

It is the hope that a tough schedule results in an improved team. Carter says when you play these tough teams you have to win your share. “Well, you hope so. You hope that you are battle tested. I tell people that when you play teams like we have played, and will play this week, if you don’t come out on top, I don’t know how good it is for you. We were fortunate enough to come out on top last week against Ashland. We play another great team this week in Anthony Wayne and we know we are going to have our work cut out for us to give us a chance to compete,” he said.

Anthony Wayne destroyed Tiffin Columbian (42-3) last week. Carter says the Generals are loaded with playmakers all of the field, especially Caleb Townsley. “They are very good up front on both sides of the ball. Their line is what sticks out when you watch them. They have very good skilled kids, but their line to me sticks out. Number 19 is one of the better athletes we are going to see or have seen. He plays all of the spots. He plays wide receiver, he plays quarterback, he plays running back, returns punts, he does a little bit of everything. He is an outstanding football player,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “That is not to say anything less about their other running backs. They have a tight end that is really good. They have an offensive lineman that has signed with Air Force. They are good all of the way across the board. We know we are going to have to shore some things up from the last couple of weeks in order to just give ourselves a chance to win up there.”

Published 9/06/17

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Clyde Has to Control Ashland Speed

For the second week in a row the Clyde Flyers are playing a team with a lot of speed. This time it is the Ashland Arrows in the home opener.

Last week, they held off Toledo Start (17-14) in the first game of the season.

Coach Ryan Carter says they had a couple of turnovers and it almost cost them in the game, but they were able to make enough plays. “Going on the road and playing a division one team and having a bunch of kids that haven’t played very much we were pleased to get out of there with a win. I don’t think we played our best football. We turned it over a few times and they didn’t turn it over, but you have to give them some credit. They played extremely well. They played extremely hard throughout the entire game. We got up 14-3 halfway through the first quarter and thought we really could exploit them a little bit. We turned it over two times and they capitalized on it and it was a nip and tuck football game the rest of the way. We were happy to go on the road and get a victory and come back and try and get some growth between week one and week two,” said Carter.

Ashland took a (31-14) lead early in the fourth quarter and held off Green (31-28) in their opener. Carter says the Arrows have a whole lot of speed on both sides of the ball. “Watching them on film they’re good. They play all three facets of the game. Their special teams are very good. Obviously, they put you in a bind offensively with five wide. They have a 6’6” receiver and a quarterback that is really good. They have a couple of kids in the slot. They run it more than they have in the past. They have a couple of kids in the slot that motion in there and run the ball very well for them. So, we definitely have our work cut out for us, we know that. It was a great game between us and them last year at their place and we were fortunate to come out on top. We know we are going to have to play our best football to give ourselves a chance to win,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “They have speed all over the field. Their defense is predicated on speed and flying to the football. We are going to have to shore some things up from week one, cut down on our turnovers, and play better in all three facets to just give ourselves a chance to win.”

With Ashland’s five wide look, Carter says they try and get you in one on one situations. “They put you in space. That is what that offense is for they put you in space and try and make one man miss or get you in space and have that open field tackling become a hindrance. It is something we have worked on all week, but you never know if you are ready until you get in that situation and play the game,” he said.

Published 9/01/17

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Clyde Must Handle Speed

Clyde Fliers are not just an occasional football team they are a football program that expects to be good every year and this year is no different.

They play at Toledo Start in their first game of the season on Friday night in non-conference play.

Coach Ryan Carter has been pretty happy with their preparation to this point, but says Friday night will be a different kind of test. “We have been pretty pleased with the progression so far as far as going from scrimmage one to scrimmage two to scrimmage three and then getting ourselves into the first work week. We have been trying to focus on understanding what we need to do to get to that point. We know that you don’t really find anything out until you get out on Friday night and get under the lights on,” said Carter.

He says they do not know a lot about Start besides he says game one is more about what they are doing, He wants to get some young kids some experience under the lights. “You don’t have a tremendous amount of information about the other guys, so you definitely have to focus on yourself and that is what you have been doing all of the way through two a days. We are excited to get out there on Friday night and see where we are at, but at the same point and time we have some youth and we need to get those kids some game time experience and see how they react,” he said.

Start is going to have some athletes that can get the perimeter and stretch the Fliers defense. Carter says their defense has some different wrinkles to it that they must be prepared for. “Seeing them a couple of times on film they are a very fast and athletic type team. They had a lot of success last year and have a new coach this year, so we are not at 100 percent as far as what we are going to see as far as offense and defense goes. We know they are very athletic,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “They have a very good running back and some big kids up front that are going to present some problems. They play a different style than we are used to as far as coverages and things like that. We know we have our work cut out for us, but our kids are excited to get out there for the first game and see where we are.”

Published 8/24/17

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It is a Process at Clyde

The Clyde Fliers don’t rebuild they reload and they expect to have another solid season this year.

Coach Ryan Carter says he thought they looked pretty good in a scrimmage last Friday against Pemberville Eastwood. “It is always a work in progress. You get that first scrimmage in and you have to evaluate some things and try and figure out exactly what you are going to be. We got that first scrimmage in this last Friday against Eastwood, a very good team a very veteran team and I was pleased coming out of there. We definitely have some areas we need to work on. We got some kids banged up and we have to get healthy, but we competed against a very veteran group and we are not very veteran,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “So, I was excited, but we have to get into this week we have another scrimmage against a very good Columbus West team that made the playoffs last year. We have our work cut out for us trying to get ready for them this week. Our ultimate goal is 12 days from now we have to get after it against Toledo Start.”

With younger players that haven’t played that much varsity football, Carter says you have to get their feet wet right away. “They have to figure out what Friday nights are about and it’s a learning process. I thought early on in our scrimmage against Eastwood we had a couple of kids out there with a deer in the headlights look in trying to find their way around and you can’t do that you have to just play, compete, and let your past experiences take care of it. When you don’t have those past experiences to draw from each day is a new experience. Our kids are learning and each day is process for them and hopefully we can get it to where we are the best we can be 11 days from now,” said Carter.

Clyde opens the season August 25 against Toledo Start and Carter says they are already working with a plan to ready for that first game and be ready to play their best game. “We talk about that you can not stay the same or get worse you have to get better. Staying the same isn’t helpful. We are trying to keep them fresh and keep the energy up. It is tough during two a days, they want to play games. We have another week this week to try and get better and then we will be into game week next week,” he said.

Published 8/15/17

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