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Mohawk Faces Athletic Pandora-Gilboa

Mohawk made the playoffs eight straight times from 1999 to 2006, but this year marks just the second time since then for the resurgent Warriors.

They play at Pandora-Gilboa in a first round game in division seven on Friday night.

Mohawk (8-2) beat Carey (32-0) two weeks ago in Northern 10 Athletic Conference play and they handled Edon (44-14) last week in non-conference action.

Coach Brent Konkle says they are starting to get healthy again. “I think we are about as healthy as we have been in a long time. Our offensive line is really meshing together. When you get some more practices together and communicate it straightens out a lot of difficulties, so excited about going into this weekend,” he said.

Konkle thinks the play of the offensive line is going to be critical this week and he says that is something they always concentrate on. “That is where we start everything. We have good athletes up front on both sides. Our goal is to control the line of scrimmage very week. For the majority of the year we have been fairly successful at it. Every once in a while, it gets bye you at times. I think our bread and butter is up front,” he said.

Pandora-Gilboa survived the tough Blanchard Valley Conference with losses to two playoff teams in Liberty-Benton (31-20) and McComb (49-27) a couple of weeks ago. They hammered Cory-Rawson (54-12) last Friday.

Konkle says they are very athletic in the skilled positions. “Boy they are athletic. I have said this before our league does a good job of preparing us for athleticism,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “Pandora has some very good skilled kids at receiver and quarterback. They are pretty good up front on both sides, but I think our advantage is there. They are athletic and it is going to take good game execution for us to have success.”

When trying to compare the Rockets to someone they have seen before, Konkle keeps coming back to Wynford. “They are a lot like Wynford of a year ago and kind of a mesh of Wynford this year and Seneca East. They have athletic kids and their linemen are athletic as well. They don’t just have one or two guys. They have good speed on the perimeter. Their receivers go up and get the ball and their quarterback does a good job of running and throwing, a lot like Wynford’s quarterbacks always have been,” said Konkle.

Published 11/03/17

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Rivals Mohawk and Carey Scrap in Big “N10” Game

Longtime adversaries Mohawk and Carey play an important week nine game in the Northern 10 Athletic Conference on Friday.

Carey trails conference leader Wynford by a game. Mohawk is two back and both are trying to make the playoffs. Carey is fourth in its division six region and Mohawk in ninth in its division seven region. Remember the top eight in each region make the postseason.

Mohawk throttled Bucyrus (42-14) in an “N10” game last Friday, breaking a two game losing streak and both were tough losses to Seneca East (24-21) in the final minute two weeks ago and Wynford (7-0) the week before.

Coach Brent Konkle says it was nice to get back on the winning track. “Coming off of a win last week got us on the right track. I think we are as healthy as we have been in a long time, so I am looking forward to a good game on both sides. Hopefully, both sides bring their “A” game because I think it is going to be a great game to watch,” said Konkle.

Carey (7-1,4-1) played last Saturday and beat West Middlesex, Pennsylvania (28-18) in a non-conference game.

Konkle says this is not your father’s Carey. “They have really evolved offensively. They are no longer in the wishbone. They are very athletic. The quarterback is very athletic,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “They have a couple of athletic receivers. Up front they are always physical and tough. It is a typical Mohawk-Carey match-up as far as physicality.”

Mohawk (6-2,4-2) and Carey and both in Wyandot County and about 15 miles from each other. They are longtime rivals, both having been members of the Midland Athletic League. Konkle says they play like it. “Being that rivalry, it is always that physical game. I think they have some better athletes on the perimeter than they have had in the past, so there might be a little bit more of a passing game on their part. We have evolved a little bit that way, but it is going to come down to hitting it up the gut and making tackles in space,” said Konkle.

There will be intensity in this game, but Konkle they have to execute well too. “I think we have great leadership. Your juniors right now are pretty much seniors in my mind. We have a lot of juniors that played last year as sophomores. I think we are senior oriented right now and hopefully it pays off for us at the end,” he said.

Published 10/20/17

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Mohawk Getting Ready for Talented Seneca East

After a tough loss to Wynford last week, a win at unbeaten Seneca East is critical for the Mohawk Warriors on Friday night.

Mohawk and Carey trail Wynford and Seneca East by a game in the tough and balanced Northern 10 Athletic Conference.

In a tough, grind it out, defensive battle last week, Wynford outlasted Mohawk (7-0) to hand the Warriors their first loss of the season.

Coach Brent Konkle says it was a great game. They just made too many mistakes on offense. “I thought our kids showed up to play. We were well prepared. We forced a very good Wynford team into five turnovers and had a goal line stand in there as well. I thought our defense played tremendous. Offensively we shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times. Give Wynford a lot of credit they played well on defense. They play hard, so it was a good game. A great high school football game,” said Konkle.

Mentally it may be a tough week for the Warriors they have to sort of forget last week while at the same time learn from it and become better at executing their stuff. Konkle says they must do both. “We watch film like normal on Saturday morning and get over it. I might have watched a little more film this weekend, both old and new. You have to get over it, but you have to fix mistakes and there are mistakes we made. I think we are correcting them now. I am very positive about that,” he said.

Mohawk (5-1,3-1) plays at Seneca East (5-0,3-0) on Friday night. The Tigers blanked Upper Sandusky (41-0) last week, scoring 28 points in the first quarter of the game.

Konkle says they are playing a team that is very talented. He says they are going to show the Tigers some different things. “They are leading the league in both offense and defense, so they do things well on both sides of the ball. They are a very talented team and I said this after the game and no due respect to anybody,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “Wynford is the best team we have played and Seneca East is going to be the most talented team we play. Hopefully, we can go out and read our keys and be sound and throw in a couple of wrinkles and get out of there with a win. It is a tough place to play.”

Published 10/04/17

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Mohawk Knows it Will be a Battle

In what might be one of biggest games in the “N10” this year and clearly the biggest game for the Mohawk Warriors in some time will be on Friday night when Mohawk hosts Wynford.

Those two schools share of the conference lead with Seneca East.

The Warriors beat Upper Sandusky (31-8) in an “N10” game last Friday, scoring 20 points in the second half.

Coach Brent Konkle says his kids kept their noses to the grindstone. “We got off to a slow start. We had three turnovers the first quarter, but I think our defense rallied up. I don’t think you see a 2-0 or 4-0 score very often in football, let alone an 11-0 score at the half. Give our kids credit they were just battling the whole time. If we made mistakes we always rallied up in support on both offense and defense. I was proud of that,” said Konkle.

Wynford (4-1,3-0), #3 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the small school division, lost (49-0) in their opener to Liberty-Benton, but they have won four in a row.

Konkle says if they expect to win the conference title a win on Friday night is a must. “I wasn’t one of those people saying Wynford wasn’t any good I can tell you that because I know the tradition they have there. They are the best team in the “N10” right now. They are still undefeated and they have not lost an “N10” game in the league’s existence, so right now they are the team on top,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “My take on that is you have to beat the best to be the best. We are looking forward to the game (Friday) night. I hope both teams come with their “A” game. It is going to be an exciting game to watch and an exciting game for our kids to play.”

Mohawk (5-0,3-0), also #3 in our poll, is as good this year as they have been in a while, especially on defense. However, Konkle knows that defending the Royals is going to be a real challenge. “They mix things up and the quarterback Wyatt Smith is really talented. They have 10 and 11 in the backfield and a good offensive line. Tradition is strong over there and they are used to winning. Those kids have been winning since they were freshmen. They just do a great job of mixing it up and getting after you. It should be an exciting game,” he said.

Published 9/29/17

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Mohawk off to Good Start

Mohawk shares first in the Northern 10 Athletic Conference with Wynford, Seneca East and Carey and the Warriors are unbeaten overall this season.

They play at Upper Sandusky (1-3,0-1) in a conference game this week.

Coach Brent Konkle says he thinks the key to their success this season has been their play in the trenches. “Offensively and defensively we have a lot of experience back on the offensive line and defensive line. My philosophy, and a lot of people’s philosophy, is things start up front. I think we are doing a tremendous job game planning and understanding our game plan every week. I am proud of our kids up front,” he said.

The Warriors, like most teams, has suffered some injuries this season, but Konkle says no matter who is on the field his teammates have confidence in him. “Just like other teams we have went through some injuries and we have had some young guys step in, but the confidence of the team everybody has faith that everybody is stepping and doing the job. We have great senior and junior leadership and the confidence right now is really carrying over,” he said.

Wynford has won every “N10” football title, but this year it appears to be more balanced and Konkle says there are a lot of good teams. “We have played Crawford and Buckeye, we have only played two league games. Crawford is, I think, pretty good. Right now, they are going through their meat grinder with Wynford and Seneca East and they have played Carey. I think it is a very balanced league. I think Seneca East is good, I think Carey is good. Not to mention Wynford last because they are always the first one on the list,” said Konkle.

He thinks that good competition they have seem, and will see, is going to make them a better football team. “I think we started out with a good non-league game with Margaretta and got good confidence there. Upper is going to come in and battle. They have played some of the tough teams, they have played Carey. You have to be prepared week to week,” he said.

Upper Sandusky was throttled by Edison (42-0) in a non-league game last week. The Rams lost their only league game to Carey (31-16) a couple weeks back. However, Konkle says they have some guys that can make plays and they are going to be aggressive. “They have run the ball well. One kid had 300 some yards one week. I think their quarterback, the Vent kid, is pretty good, he is one the better athletes we have seen this year,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “They score some points, they are willing to take some risks, they chuck it deep. They have a good running game. Defensively, they bring the house at times. They are really aggressive on defense. If we block them we could have some big plays, but they could have big plays.”

Published 9/21/17

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Mohawk Edges St. Joe


          Mohawk used small ball to beat Fremont St. Joe (5-4) in a division four sectional final on Thursday evening.

          The Warriors, the number one seed in the district, needed some late inning heroics.  Austin Harper scored on a suicide squeeze bunt by Parker Brown in the bottom of the sixth.  Then in the top of the seventh the Crimson Streaks were able to get a runner to third base, but Wyatt Cook struck out the final two batters to win the game.

          Coach Eric Hoover says the game might not have been pretty, but they will take it.  “That’s what I told the kids after the game.  We did not play very well at all.  Good thing it didn’t come down to ascetics because it wasn’t pretty.  At the end of the day we got it done on the squeeze play.  We executed perfectly and we were able to get that run in the sixth inning and hold them off in the seventh,” he said.

          Making such plays such as squeeze bunts are not new to the Warriors.  Hoover says they work on it a lot in practice and his kids are confident they can do it.  “Close games come down to those plays.  We didn’t field the ball very well (Thursday) night and put ourselves in a situation.  We executed that last year in the district final game,” he told Swankonsports.com after the win, “We had a walk off suicide actually in the district final game last year.  My kids that were part of it or were at the game last year knew it was coming, so they were confident in executing it.  You have to be able to do that in close games.”

          Mohawk (18-5), #2 in the Swankonsports.com baseball coaches poll in the small school division, plays Tiffin Calvert, a (1-0) winner over North Baltimore on Thursday, in a district semi-final next Wednesday at Clyde High School.

          They beat the Senecas (2-1) in a district final last year.

          Hoover believes they will see Calvert’s ace in lefty Peyton Deats next week.  “You kind of have to go with your best in the semi-final and hopefully you can advance to the final and take your chances.  I am sure we will see Deats and he is outstanding there is no doubt about it.  A hard throwing lefty that has great movement on his fastball and has great off speed stuff.  He is going to Kent State if that tells you anything, that’s pretty good.  It will be a challenge and we are going to go in with a game plan and do the best we can,” said Hoover.

          Deats is headed in the “MAC” next year for pitching at the division one college level, but Hoover says they have seen a lot of him and know what to expect.  “We have seen him in that past being as close to Tiffin as we are.  We faced him a couple of times as a freshman and we did see him in the district final game last year in relief he came in and pitched the last two innings.  That is who we got that suicide squeeze off of.  We have seen him and the kids are familiar with him a little bit.  It will certainly be a challenge, but our kids will be ready to go,” he said.


Published 5/12/17

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