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Clyde Must Play Best Game Against Norwalk

Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division co-leaders Clyde and Norwalk lock horns in one of the premier football games in the state on Friday at Whitney Field in Norwalk.

Both are 3-0 in division play this year.

Clyde beat Sandusky (33-28) last week in a game where coach Ryan Carter says they made just enough plays to win. “It was a very good football game. Going back and watching a little bit of the tape it was a pretty good high school football game. We made some plays and gave ourselves and opportunity at the end. We got a stop against a very dangerous running back. He broke a couple real late on us and got down there pretty close they just kind of ran out of time. We were fortunate to get the win. It is pick the pieces back up and find out who we have available in bodies. We are going to have to travel to Norwalk this week and probably have to play our best football game because they are red hot,” said Carter.

It will be another outstanding tailback in Norwalk’s Trevon Raymore this week for the Fliers. He ran for over 400 yards against Sandusky two week ago and Carter says they do a good job of getting him the ball in different spots. “It has kind of been the tale of this year every week we turn around we are facing a good tailback. This Raymore kid brings a lot to the table for them. He gets it a number of different ways. They do a great job up front of creating space for him,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “Their quarterback is really good in fact that he takes pressure off of him by making plays. They have a couple of outstanding wide receivers. Their tight end runs great routes. Their defense flies around and makes plays. We know we have our work cut out for us. We are going to have to play very sound football, mistake free football to just to give ourselves a chance.”

The Norwalk (7-1,3-0), #2 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the large school division, defense has been very good this year. They have three shutouts to their credit. Carter says they give their offense a chance to shine. “Their defense gives them a lot of opportunities to have the ball. They don’t take many chances on offense. They just give it to Raymore and he is good for two or three long runs a game. They block well up front and their schemes are good. Coach Fox has done a phenomenal job with that crew over there and getting those kids to believe. We have our work cut out for us, especially going on the road. We are going to try and put in a good week of practice and try and get ourselves ready to go,” he said.

Clyde (6-2,3-0), #3 in our poll, has been able to win two Lake Division games in the fourth quarter so far in beat Tiffin Columbian (24-21) two weeks ago and Sandusky last week. Carter just hopes they are good enough to be in that position this week against Norwalk. “I hope we are in it in the fourth quarter to be honest. We have played in some tight ballgames, so I think our kids know how to respond to that, but you never know. This is high school football and you have to be sound in special teams and you can’t turn the football over. You have to be a little bit fortunate as well. We have had to deal with some injuries early on this year. We are just trying to peace things together. We had a few more injuries this past Friday night that we are going to have to work on in practice this week in moving some people around. I think our kids will show up and play as hard as we can,” said Carter.

Published 10/16/18

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Clyde Needs to Contain Stewart

Clyde hosts Sandusky in a key matchup in the Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference on Friday night.

The Fliers share first place with Norwalk. Sandusky, the defending champion, after two tough losses, trails by two.

Clyde beat Tiffin Columbian (24-21) last week on a field goal by Brock Newsome at the final buzzer. “It was a good high school football game and give them a ton of credit they played very, very we were just fortunate to make a couple more plays and get ourselves into a situation where we had a chance to win there at the end,” said Clyde football coach Ryan Carter.

It was about a 75-yard drive for the winning score after the Fliers stopped Columbian on fourth down. Carter says his kids made big plays under pressure. “We got a great defensive play and a great defensive stop and then put together a really good solid drive where we ran it and threw it a few times. We were able to really execute offensively. I think when you get to this point in the season you are looking for your kids to know their roles and to be able to preform during crunch time and it doesn’t get anymore crunch time than that as far as performing and getting ourselves in a situation where we had an opportunity to get a field goal and get one to go through,” said Carter.

Clyde (5-2,2-0), #3 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the large school division, plays host to Sandusky (5-2,0-2) in a Lake Division game on Friday night. Norwalk outscored Sandusky (52-35) last week.

Carter says they will be facing what he thinks in the best player in the area in Sandusky running back Terion Stewart. “They have probably the best player in our area, with no disrespect to anyone else, I know the Raymore kid is very talented from Norwalk, and there are some other very good players in the area. He is the most explosive player we have seen and probably will see. He can take it the distance at any point and time and they have very good players around him. They have a couple kids back that are helping them offensively to become less one dimensional,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “So, it is an animal for us that is very difficult we found that out last year during the regular season. They really took it to us. We found out you have to play every single snap against them. You have to get every single person to run to the football as fast as they can. You have to make sure you are assignment sound. All of those things become huge for us against Sandusky.”

These two teams split last season, Sandusky won the regular season game (42-28) and the Fliers returned the favor in the playoffs winning (35-0,) both games were at Sandusky.

Carter says it takes team defense if you are going to contain Stewart. “I don’t think you can shut down or stop you definitely have to contain. You have to get as many hats to the ball as possible. You can not stop running on him. His balance and his vision is so good that you have guys that take one or two hits on him and think he is going down and he bounces around and spins off and he will turn it into a 70 or 80 yard gain. You need to make sure all 11 guys are running to the football, not running behind each other. Our pursuit angles need to be very good. I think the other thing that is huge is you have to use your offense. You have to try and sustain drives and finish them with points,” said Carter.

Published 10/12/18

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Clyde Expects a Confident Columbian

In what looks like one of the premier matchups in North Central Ohio on Friday night Clyde hosts Tiffin Columbian in the Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference.

Clyde has won its last three, Columbian owns a four game winning streak.

The Fliers outscored Perkins (26-0) in the second half last week and beat the Pirates (33-12) in a Lake Division game.

Coach Ryan Carter says they were able to make some adjustments. “We had done some things in the first half to hurt ourselves on some drives. We had a drive full of penalties, we fumbled on the one-yard line, we missed a field goal. Some of that credit you have to give to Perkins, they came out and played very well in the first half. We made some good adjustments at halftime and I thought the kids came out and executed very well in the second half,” said Carter.

Clyde has been running a lot of wing-T based stuff this season and Carter says that is because of the personnel they have on the field, but that is always something that is fluid. “It is dictated from personnel. We have good linemen, we have good running backs. We have been depleted a little bit just like everybody else. Some of those guys we thought we would have at the start of the year we just don’t have anymore up front or in the backfield for various reasons. We are still piecing it together and trying to put a good product out there,” he said.

Clyde (4-2,1-0) is at home for Tiffin Columbian (5-1,1-0), #3 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the large school division, in the Lake Division. The Tornadoes last week ended Sandusky’s 19-game regular season (37-7) in no uncertain terms.

Carter says they are playing with a little swagger. “You have to give a of the credit in the world to coach Lutz and his staff for what they have did. They have those kids really believing. You turn on the tape and their kids are playing with confidence, swagger, and are really getting after it,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “It doesn’t matter who they put out there as far as offense, defense, special teams, their kids are playing with a tremendous amount of confidence. That’s good for them. I think coach Lutz deserves a lot of that credit for getting that thing back to the way we all remember Tiffin Columbian.”

Nick Koerper is expected to replace Chase Frankhauser at quarterback for Tiffin, but Carter says it really doesn’t matter much. “They played the second half without him and it didn’t seem to slow them down at all against Sandusky. It doesn’t really matter who they put out there we are anticipating getting the same things. A great athlete that can run it or throw it. We are preparing just like we were preparing before and just like we will prepare every week for somebody. Our feeling is they are going to have a good player in that position and it is not going to matter really. It is not going to change that much offensively,” said Carter.

Published 10/05/18

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Clyde Tweaking a Little Bit

Clyde opens play in the Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference with a visit to Sandusky Perkins on Friday night.

The Fliers (3-2) are coming off a (7-0) win over Port Clinton last Friday.

They scored early in the game on a TD by Gunner Golden and made it standup for the win.

Coach Ryan Carter says they did have some other opportunities to score in the game. “We had a couple of very good drives that just kind of stalled out for a couple of different reasons. We turned it over a few times and shot ourselves in the foot with some penalties. To go on the road and get a win, we will take it at any time,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “Just like everybody else we are dealing with some injuries and we are down a few guys. So, we have to tweak our packages a little bit and move things around a little bit to fit the personnel that we have. It is a work in progress, but we were happy to get out of there with a win.”

Defense has been the calling card the last couple of weeks at Clyde and Carter says they were the difference last week, no question. “They are playing very well they pitched a shutout last week. We had a goal line stand late in the game to get us the ball back. We got a turnover on the one yard line and made that first touchdown standup, so they are playing very well. It is the same thing on the defensive side ball we have had to piece some things together. We are down a couple of guys on that side as well. I thought they really stepped up on Friday night.”

Perkins (1-4) is coming off a (33-7) loss to Oak Harbor last week and it seems like outside of their win over Vermilion, they have had a tough time getting things going on offense.

Carter says Perkins is always a tough place for them to play. “Their record is deceiving in the fact that they have played a very good schedule. I think they are a much improved team. They have played people relatively close. It is one of those things where we don’t go to Perkins and play very well very often. We know with where we are at right now and having the game at their place we are going to have to play very well to give ourselves a chance to win,” said Carter.

Perkins has been a power team over the years, but Carter says they are trying to spread the field a little more his year. “They always want to run it first. They are spreading it out a little more than they have in years past. They are not as much wing-T they are kind of a shotgun wing-T and they are putting a couple more receivers out there. They are trying to utilize their skill a little bit. So, we will try to put together a game plan on both sides of the ball and special teams to try and get ready for Friday,” he said.

Published 9/25/18

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Clyde Improving

Clyde is getting better, but there is still more to do, as they Fliers host Toledo Bowsher in a non-conference game on Friday night.

Last week, the Fliers lost (34-21) to unbeaten Anthony Wayne.

Coach Ryan Carter says despite the loss it was a step in the right direction. “We played really well last week to be honest. We were down six with about four and half minutes to play and couldn’t get a stop. They kind of ground out some first downs on us and it got to fourth and a couple late, we had to sell out, and they popped one through for a late touchdown with a minute to play. I was proud of our kid’s effort we battled all of the way to the end against a very good football team and I did see signs of improvement,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “We are still a couple of plays short here and there in all three of our games and that win-loss record could be flipped the other way, but it is what it is and we are going to have to battle. We are going to have to get through it we are in a tough part of our schedule. Our kids are coming to work every day and hopefully that pays off for us down the road.”

Clyde has a young football team this year and Carter likes the way they have improved as a unit and that was evident last week. “We played very well. We have steadily improved. It is one of those things when you play quality opponents. When you have a young team you learn and you grow on the fly and part of the that is learning how to get after it every single play and that every play matters and when you don’t have successful plays a few will cost you. When you play the schedule we do, especially early on in the season, there is no time to take plays off. We need to continue to get better and it has to start this week,” said Carter.

Toledo Bowsher (1-2) comes in off a (24-6) loss to Sylvania Nothview last week.

Carter says the Rebels have some athletes that can stretch the field against them. “They are a very athletic group and very typical of a Bowsher team. They have very good speed, very good athleticism. They can cause you problems with their length and athleticism. We need to control both lines of scrimmage, that will be very key for us this week against them. We have to prevent the big plays, that is what has hurt us the first three games and they definitely have big play capability,” he said.

Published 9/14/18

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Clyde Has to Show Improvement

Clyde faces its third very good opponent of the season as they host Anthony Wayne on Friday night in a non conference game.

The Fliers (1-1) lost a close game (28-21) at Ashland last week. The Arrows got a defensive stop late in the game to preserve the win.

Coach Ryan Carter says they just couldn’t make up from some of their negative plays. “We came up on the short end. We made a few of the same errors that we did week one as far as turning the ball over and committing penalties. We were able to dig ourselves out of that week one, but we weren’t able to do that week two. You have to give a lot of credit to Ashland, they played very well. They made a play down the stretch to get in the lead and we just couldn’t fight back from that. We have to sure some of our deficient areas and our kids are working extremely hard,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “Like I said after the first scrimmage our schedule does us no favors, so we don’t have any time to sulk about last week’s loss or worry about it. We have to get over it in a hurry because we have a very good Anthony Wayne team coming in.”

Carter says things like untimely penalties and turnovers are killing them and they have to clean that up. He says it’s all about improvement. “That us all we can do. We are battling through a few injuries just like everybody else. We have to continue to put people in the best situations we feel possible to win football games. We are moving some people around, but our kids have to understand that we have to sure up our deficient areas or we are going to find ourselves in close ballgames. When you turn the ball over and have penalties at the rate we have you are going find yourself on the short end,” he said.

Anthony Wayne (2-0) beat Tiffin Columbian (31-14) last week.

Carter says the Generals run a unique offense for high school football. “They are very talented. They run a very unique offense in the fact that everything is predicated off run-pass option, so they give themselves outs all over the field. They have very good athletes. Very good kids up front. Two very tall wide receivers. A quarterback that has run the offense now for two years. Looking at it they are solid from top to bottom and they do everything the right way and they do everything extremely hard, so we are going to play our best football to date to give ourselves a chance to win,” said Carter.

With that kind of offense, Carter says you have to make the quarterback make a quick, and hopefully, poor decision. “You have to make him make a decision. You can’t let him make the decision. You have to force his hand a little bit. So, we are going to try and do some things to speed that up a little bit. Like I said, they do a very good job of finding those cracks and finding those seems. I think turnovers and us keeping the ball away from them a little bit will all play factors,” he said.

Published 9/05/18

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Clyde Battles Talented Ashland

Clyde and Ashland, two of the better high school football teams and programs in North Central Ohio, clash on Friday night at Community Stadium, in one of the premier games in the area.

Brock Newsome kicked a field goal at the buzzer last week to beat Toledo Start (27-24) on opening night for the Fliers.

After looking at the tape of the game, coach Ryan Carter says, of course, there were some good things, but they clearly have things to work on too. “It was one of those games where we made enough plays. Going back and watching the film and doing things they way that we did we were fortunate to have a chance to get out of there. I think that team is going to win a lot of games,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “It is one of those things the first game of the year that you really have to get better from that first week and when you are in the situation we are with a lot of young kids that improvement is going to need to be huge for the next couple of weeks.”

Clyde is a solid team every year and they want to play good opponents. Carter says their young squad is going to find out who they are early in this season this fall. “Our schedule, like I said earlier, does us no favors. It is a meatgrinder. When you start with a division one team in Start, who is pretty good, Ashland is very good every year, Anthony Wayne game three. Those first three games are tough for us, especially a young team. We are going to grow on the fly. We are going to learn a lot about our team and we should be battle tested,” he said.

Ashland (1-0) held off Green (28-26) last week in their first game, stopping a two points conversion in the last 60 seconds of the game.

Carter says the Arrows are a team with a lot of weapons on the field. “You turn on the tape and they have very good players on both sides of the ball. Their offense is always going to present problems as far as their five wide. They have very fast skilled guys in the slot. Number 22 from last year is a kid that is really, really athletic and does a lot for them. They have players on the outside that go up and get it. Their quarterback is another kid that is very long and throws the ball very well and runs it probably better than their last couple of quarterbacks. They have good up front kids,” said Carter.

He adds that the Ashland defense is very athletic too. “I flip their defense on and they have kids that fly around and are very fast. The kid that plays defensive end for them in very fast and one of the better kids we have seen on films. So, we have our work cut out for us in all aspects of the game. We are really focusing this week on improving ourselves and trying to get better in the areas we were deficient at in our first game and trying to shore a few of those things up,” said Carter.

Published 8/29/18

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Clyde Facing Experienced Toledo Start

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

Clyde won last year (17-14) on a late field goal.

The Fliers have been as consistent as anyone in North Central Ohio over the last 15 years and even though they don’t have the same level of experience as they normally do, coach Ryan Carter says Clyde kids expect success. “I think that is a positive and you have to try and draw from that. We do have some kids that have been in the program for four years that haven’t necessarily played because sometimes when you have that depth kids are a little bit better than they kids in front of them. Those kids are still practicing with them and still around the program and still understand what it takes to win football games. You hope that the kids can draw from that, but you never really know until you get on a Friday night and get the lights turned on,” he said.

Carter says the players have a great attitude, but they don’t have that Friday night experience yet which means they are going to have to execute very, very well. “I think the kids have really bought into everything we are doing. They come in on a daily basis and they work extremely hard. They are giving us everything they have. The kids are extremely invested in what we are trying to accomplish. They believe we are going to be successful. I think your program instills that over time with success, but those kids still have to come and work hard. We know our kids have understood in the past that we have had a certain amount of talent level and a certain amount of experience coming back that we could really rely on,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “We don’t have as much of that this year, so we are going to have to do everything technically perfect. We can’t turn the ball over. We have to be sound in the kicking game, all of those little things that coaches talk about. We have to make sure that we are little bit better at those things this year with the lack of experience back.”

When it comes to Start, who was (7-3) a year ago, Carter says they have almost everybody back and a high level of talent on the field. “We played them to a three point football game last year and we graduated 22 seniors. It took a field goal late to beat them last year. They have 33 seniors returning. Nine out 11 defensive starters are seniors. We are facing a very experienced group. A group that is very talented. We know we have our work cut out for us. They are going to come to Clyde fully expecting to win, especially being close last year. A play here or there last year and they win that football game. Our schedule, that first part, with those first three games does us no favors, but nobody is going to feel sorry for us either. We know we have our work cut out for us beginning the first week with Toledo Start,” said Carter.

Published 8/23/18

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Clyde Finding Ways to Improve

Clyde is one of the best football teams in the area year in and year out and they need to find some tests in the preseason that will show their kids where they are at and where they need to improve.

They played Eastwood last week and will meet Lima Central Catholic and Lima Bath in scrimmage action on Friday.

Coach Ryan Carter says he believes they are doing to the right things to improve. “We are progressing. You never really know until you get out there under the Friday night lights. You go through scrimmages and you go through practices and you go through two a days and all of your camp days and everything. You feel like you are making progress and I feel like we are. We had a little bit of a test from Eastwood this past Friday. They are a very good program, a very good team, obviously being state runners-up last year with a lot of those pieces back. I thought we did some things well,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “We definitely have a lot of things that we watched on film that the kids have to learn from and get better at, they can’t make those same mistakes. I was happy with our effort, I was happy with our energy. We just have a few technical things we need to shore up and that is what this week will be.”

Carter says Eastwood has a strong program and it is a good measuring stick for them. “You want to have things you can evaluate. You want to be able to make sure that you that your kids are playing at a high enough level that you are going to be able to compete and we got that. Coach Rutherford does a tremendous job with his kids. We look forward to that each year because it really is a measuring stick of what we need to work on and where we need to be and what we need to do,” said Carter.

At this point in the preseason season Carter says they need to start playing other teams. “I think it did us good just to scrimmage somebody else. You get tired of hitting the same person. It gets to be a little monotonous to the point where kids are kind of wanting something different. We are going to treat this week as much like a game week as possible and try to have that game prep for this upcoming Friday,” he said.

Published 8/14/18

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Clyde Understands What it Takes

Clyde has been one of the most successful football programs in North Central Ohio and their kids understand why.

The Fliers are coming off a season (9-3) in which they advanced to the second round of the playoffs and finished as runners-up in the Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference.

Coach Ryan Carter says they will have a different kind of team this year, but one that has proven they will work hard. “You have your camp days in the summer and you implement what you think you will be able to get done, but you don’t really ever know until you put the pads on which is a couple of days yet. We are still sifting through it. We have a very young group, a smaller group. I only have 11 seniors this year with having 23 last year. It is just a smaller core for us. I really like the way they are working and the effort they are putting in. Our kids have really bought in this summer to get bigger, faster, stronger and I like what we have seen so far, but like I said you really don’t know to you put the pads on,” he said.

The Fliers have some players returning to the team and Carter says they certainly have some things to build around. “You try and figure out what is going to be best for your overall team. What fits offensively, defensively and on special teams. Trying to think as a coach what is going to put us in the best situation to win games. You start piecing those things together. We do have some pieces back from a very good team last year. Our tailback Brady Clark had over 1,000 yards last year and is a very good runner. We have some pieces up front, both offensively and defensively back. We are trying to fill some of those skilled positions that we lost from last year. That’s high school football you have to find young kids that can step in there and do the job. We feel like we have some of those pieces,” said Carter.

Clyde has not had a losing season in the last 15 and Carter says they understand what they need to do to get wins. “We come in every day and our kids understand what the groups before them have had to do to be successful and they put that time and effort in and that becomes something you lean on. The kids understand you show up early and you stay late. You get extra work in. You push kids through it a little harder. Football anymore is a very hard sport, it’s tough. Kids have a bunch of different options in life anymore and football becomes very hard. Being out there in August and your friends are still on summer break going through the grind of two a days, it’s difficult,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “Kids make a huge sacrifice to be out there and be part of the team. Our program has been very fortunate over the last couple of years, over the last while, that we have had some success. Our kids buy into that and want to continue that success and hopefully this group can.”

Published 8/02/18

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Clyde with Huge Rally to Upend Port Clinton

There was almost a tremendous upset in the division two baseball tournament on Wednesday, but then Clyde got hot.

They scored seven times in the bottom of the sixth inning and the third seeded Fliers rallied to beat Port Clinton (7-6) and advance to Friday’s sectional final against Clear Fork.

Coach George Parks says they just told the kids they had time. “We talked to the kids and told them this wasn’t a football or basketball game where they could run the clock our on us. We were still in it and we were fortunate enough the score seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and come back and get the win,” he said.

Parks says Grant Reese was not in the starting lineup, but he had a big impact on the game and that sixth inning. “We didn’t start Grant Reese (Wednesday) because we were going to use him in the bullpen. He came in in the middle of the game and he led off the bottom of the sixth and absolute bomb over the outfield fence to get us going and we really built off of that,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday night after the win, “They walked a couple of guys and one thing led to another and the next thing you know we had our big inning.”

Clyde (17-4), #3 in the Swankonsports.com baseball coaches poll in the large school division, shared the Bay Division title in the Sandusky Bay Conference with Bellevue.

Parks says they have played a solid schedule. “We have talked about having a tough league getting us ready for tournament play. Our non-conference schedule really helped out. We played two with Ashland, we played two with Toledo St. John’s. We had a couple scheduled with Lexington and Clear Fork that got washed out to help us get ready for this moment,” said Parks.

Clyde plays Clear Fork (18-6) in the second final at home on Friday. The Colts beat Vermilion (2-0) on Wednesday. Parks says they Clear Fork will try and put pressure on them. “They are a well coached team. Had the privilege of coaching against them a couple of years ago in the tournament. I don’t know too much about them as far as players. We know they are disciplined and they like to do a lot of little things with the bunt and move runners,” said Parks.

Published 5/10/18

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Clyde Ties it Up

Clyde has made it very interesting in the Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference.

Jared Colvin homered twice and the Fliers beat Bellevue (6-2) on Wednesday. The two rivals now share first place. Clyde (15-4,9-1), #4 in the Swankonsports.com baseball coaches poll in the large school division, hosts Tiffin Columbian on Friday and plays at Tiffin on Tuesday. Bellevue had to go extra innings to beat the Tornadoes (3-2) on Monday. Bellevue (17-2,10-1), #2 in our poll, finishes league play with Norwalk on Tuesday. They beat the Truckers (9-2) on April 19.

Clyde coach George Parks says Wednesday’s game was all it was wrapped up to be. “It was an outstanding game. They got us the first time over at their place. Both teams played a clean game defensively and it was just an outstanding baseball game,” said Parks.

It was a game with very few mistakes and Parks says keeps everybody, including fans, on their toes. “It helps out with the pitching and it gets the pace of the game going and everybody stay involved. It is more enjoyable to watch,” he said,

Mikey Haynes got the win for the Fliers and Cayden Rollins finished up by pitching the seventh.

Parks says they are excited to be in this kind of race. “We have been in both situations where we have been out of the league race early and the last few years we have been in the league race the last few games,” said Parks.

Clyde is not a late avail, they have been good all year. Parks says their hitting has been a big part of their success. “We have a lot of experience back. We have seven quality seniors and two or three really good underclassmen,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday night, “We have been absolutely crushing the ball offensively. I have two great assistant coaches that really work with our hitters and I can’t say enough about those two guys.”

Published 5/03/18

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Clyde Faces Toledo CC… Again

Clyde plays Toledo Central Catholic for the fourth time since 2013 in the post season playoffs.

They play Friday night at Oregon Clay High School in the second round of the division three playoffs.

Toledo CC won the last two meetings (35-28) in 2015 and (35-3) in 2014. Clyde beat the Fighting Irish (42-41) in 2013. Current Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer would have played for Central Catholic in that 2013 game against Clyde.

Clyde (9-2) avenged a regular season loss to Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division champs Sandusky (35-0) in regional quarterfinal play last week. The Blue Streak had beaten Clyde (42-28) on week eight of the regular season.

They had also lost (33-14) to Bellevue on week 10, but coach Ryan Carter says they were really ready to play last week. “After our week 10 loss our kids really came back with great focus and some great energy and we had a good week of practice. We were just enthused to be in week 11 and really put all of our energy and all of our focus into getting ready for week 11 wherever we played and we ended up having to go back to Sandusky. I just thought our kids came out and played a tremendous football game on both sides of the ball. We were able to get out of there with a win and continue to play. That is a big focus for our kids is to just get to the next week and get to the next practice and we will see where we are at from there,” said Carter.

When you shut out a team as good as Sandusky, unbeaten going into the game, with the athletes the Blue Streaks have, you have played very well on defense. Carter says they made some athletic plays. “Our defense really set the tone to be honest. It was from the opening snap all of the way through. We read our keys very well. We had a great game plan going in. Our kids were where they were supposed to be,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “Sometimes you can do that and their athleticism will still make plays for them and hurt you. Our kids were in the spots to make the plays and we made some athletic plays and we did some things at a little higher level that we had the previous couple of weeks. I was just very proud of our kids overall and proud of our program. For us to be able to go into week 12 and continue to play is something very good.”

This is supposed to be Toledo Central Catholic’s last year in division three. They are to be bumped up to Division II next season. They beat Cleveland Glenville (28-0) in their playoff opener last week. Their losses this year come to Toledo Whitmer, a division one playoff winner last week, and Toledo St. John’s, who lost to Avon in the first round of the division two playoffs.

Carter says the Fighting Irish have athletes they just don’t see on other teams they play. “They are a notch above everybody we have seen as far as athletes go. They just have kids that are big and fast. They play a style that is really contusive to their athleticism. They have kids that are fast and big, so they put a whole bunch of pressure on you and it just becomes difficult to try and move the ball. I think what sticks out with them is their defense. Their defense is tremendous. They do have some weapons offensively, but their defense is just tremendous. We know we have our work cut out for us, but our kids are excited to be playing,” said Carter.

The Clyde coach says the blitz is going to be key on Friday night. He says they are going to have to find a way to control it. “I think that is what they are trying to do by putting all of that pressure on you is getting you to make mistakes. It easy to set there and say, hey, guys slow down and don’t let that pressure get to you, but when it is coming from different angles and with great athletes it is tough. We are going to put in a game plan this week that is going to give us the best chance and try and get ourselves ready for Friday night,” he said.

Published 11/08/17

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Clyde Needs a Little More This Time

Clyde and Sandusky will meet for the second time this season this time in the division three regional quarterfinals at Cedar Point Stadium at Strobl Field on Friday night.

In the first meeting, Sandusky (10-0), #2 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the large school division, won (42-28) and eventually claimed an outright Lake Division title in the Sandusky Bay Conference.

Clyde coach Ryan Carter says they gave up too many big plays in that first game back on October 13. “We did things very well in that first game. We just gave up too many big plays. They had many times they hurt us on both sides of the ball either by us turning it over either by them turning us over on defense or us turning it over or them hitting us with big plays on their offensive side. We need to narrow it down to a few things and try and get better in those areas. They are just doing things very well. Obviously, when you are 10-0 you are doing things very well. They are doing things well on both sides of the ball. They are a very good football team, so we know we have our work cut out for us,” said Carter.

He says you have to look at what you did well and try to expand on that, but also be prepared for some tweaks from the Blue Streaks. “I think you look at the first time you played and you look at some things that were successful for you. They are going to do the same thing, but you also have to be prepared for what they are going to counter punch with as far as the things they are going to do differently to try and take away the things you had success with. We are going to have to be prepared for everything, we know that, but so are they. It is going to be a tough task going on the road up there where we were before and try and get out of there with a win,” he said.

With the athletes that Sandusky has like quarterback Javez Alexander and running back Therion Stewart, Carter says a little mistake by the defense becomes a quick score. “We talked about it the first time we played them. Their athleticism is different than anybody we played. When you give them a little crease you are going to find yourself giving six points. We have to be assignment sound and even when you do that you can put yourself in a place where their kids are going to make plays,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “Their kids are out there trying to make plays. You have to do everything as hard as you possibly can, but you also have to know you are going to give up some. We have to play better offensively in order to keep their offense off the field. I felt we did that for the most part the first time we played them, but we have to do it a little bit more and a little bit longer if want to give ourselves a chance to win this game.”

Carter wants to take it down the fourth quarter where he has confidence in his kids. “I hope we give ourselves a chance to win in the fourth quarter because I like the toughness of this year’s group for us. We have talked about that all year. We don’t have the athleticism that other teams are blessed with, but our kids play extremely hard and fight it out all of the way to the end. If we give ourselves a chance to win in the fourth quarter our kids will definitely be playing as hard as they can to get that done,” he said.

Published 11/02/17

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Huge Game for Clyde and Bellevue

Clyde hosts Bellevue in a game between rivals that has a lot riding on it.

The winner earns a share of the Lake Division in the Sandusky Bay Conference if Perkins upsets unbeaten Sandusky plus there are playoff implications for both sides.

Last week, Clyde beat Norwalk (24-7) a week after losing their only game of the season to Sandusky (42-28) to fall out of a share of first place.

Coach Ryan Carter says they played well, especially on defense. “It was a bounce back week for us. I thought Norwalk came in and really played hard. Despite their record they have a lot of nice players and have been in some games this year. You have to tip your hat to them for not giving up on the season and coming in and playing hard. I thought we did some things offensively to keep ourselves around. We hurt ourselves with penalties in our drives early, but the defense just played very well. We blew one coverage and they hit us over the top, but other than that we did a really nice job defensively in the Norwalk game,” said Carter.

Clyde (8-1,3-1), #5 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the large school division, is at home for Bellevue (6-3,3-1) on Friday night.

Carter says the Redmen have been tested. “They are a very good football team obviously. They have three losses on the year and their three losses come to teams with no losses. They lost to Shelby, who is 9-0, Sandusky, who is 9-0, and Clear Fork, who is 9-0. We know we have our work cut out for us,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “They are good in every facet of the game. Coach Nasonti does a great job with his kids year in and year out and doing their system and doing what they do. Their kids play tremendously well in big games. Obviously, they are tested.”

Carter says this is the kind of game you want on week 10. He says there is a lot to play for. “They will come here ready to play. Both teams are playing for a lot. A possible conference championship where we need some help and so do they. We are playing for a home playoff game and they are playing to still get in the playoffs. So, a lot at stake. It should a great atmosphere and a great high school football game,” he said.

Clyde is fourth in its division three playoff region and has clinched a playoff spot. Bellevue is ninth in its division four region and needs to move up at least one spot to qualify for week 11.

Bellevue has not scored the points in bunches like the last couple of years, but Carter says they still have a number of playmakers. “They still have some athletes. The McPeak kid is very good on the outside, both offensively and defensively. They run a two platoon quarterback system with one more of a runner and one more of a passer. The Ray kid is an outstanding runner and has been for a number of years. They have up front people that are very good. They are just a sound football team all of the way through. We are going to have to play our best football game to date in order to just give ourselves a chance to win,” he said.

Published 10/25/17

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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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