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Calvert and Margaretta for the Marbles

Tiffin Calvert and Margaretta played for the Sandusky Bay Conference River Division title last year and it looks like that is going to be the case against Saturday night when the Senecas host the Polar Bears at their place.

Last year it was Calvert winning (40-32) and we hope this year it is another good game.

Calvert (5-3,3-0) has won its last four games, including (45-6) at the expense of Sandusky St. Mary’s in a River Division game last Saturday.

Coach Todd Fox says they had good focus. “We felt like we wanted to go in and play at our level and improve what we do on the field. Our kids can do that and we just want to get better each and every day,” he said.

Margaretta (4-4,3-0) beat Fremont St. Joe (22-12) last week. Fox says the Bears have a lot of weapons. “Offensively they bring a lot of weapons. Mainly, last year’s “SBC River” offensive player of the year in their running back Logan Graffin, but then they have a couple of weapons at receiver and their quarterback does a nice job distributing the ball too. So, defensively we really have our hands full this week,” said Fox.

Fox says they know Saturday night is going to be a big game and they will be ready for it. “We look at it as championship game. The winner has at least a share of the league title and the loser will be setting one game behind. We look at it as a championship game and we are going to play it at a championship level. We are getting prepared for that,” he said.

Calvert is not the biggest team this year, but they do have really good speed. Fox says they have to be able to put that speed to good use and be able to make some big plays. “We have to play with our speed. We think we are blessed with some overall team speed. They gave the size advantage and we may have the overall team speed advantage,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “We have to really make sure we are playing with speed, we have it, and we have to make sure we are playing with that speed. It is going to come down to, and it’s a cliché, who makes the least amount of mistakes.”

Published 10/17/17

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Calvert Finding Itself

Tiffin Calvert has won its last three games and both of their River Division games and they are heading into the final third of the season with some momentum.

They share first place in the Sandusky Bay Conference River Division with Margaretta. The Senecas have beaten Fremont St. Joe (62-21) and Kansas Lakota (34-28) in their division games.

Coach Todd Fox says after some injury concerns at quarterback position early they have started to get healthy. “It has stabilized itself. We went through in game two we lost our first quarterback in the first quarter. Game three we lost our second quarterback on the second play, so we played game four with our third teamer. The good news is they all got reps and they all got better and now all, but number two are healthy. So, that is great position to be in at this point in the season,” said Fox.

Fox says that adversity they went through earlier in the season has made them a tougher team. “I think that adversity that we went through at the beginning of the year helped us settle in a little bit and realize there is a lot of work to do and they guys have been working really hard and each week we have done a lot better,” he said.

Calvert (4-3,2-0) has moved into the number six spot in their division seven computer region.

Fox says their first goal is to win that River Division like they did last year. “We want to win the conference championship. We are excited to be in the same conference for a couple of years in a row. That is a different excitement and we are excited about that. There are still three weeks left and we have to be ready each week,” said Fox.

Calvert hosts Sandusky St. Mary’s (1-6,0-2) on Saturday night in a River Division game. The Panthers are coming off (30-0) loss to Margaretta last week.

Fox says this is a St. Mary’s team that has talent and has played a very good schedule. “St. Mary’s their lines are very big. They have an outside linebacker, defensive end that is 6’5”, 230. He is a great athlete, great wrestler. Up front they are just big boys. We kind of bring in a different element. We are all about 195 pounds or 200 and try and be fast, but it is hard to do against those boys,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “The other things about St. Mary’s is their record isn’t great, but when you look at who they have played. We can kind of relate to that. We lost to St. Paul and they lost to St. Paul. They lost to a good Crestview team. We just have to be ready to go.”

Published 10/13/17

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Calvert Ready for the Challenge

 

          Tiffin Calvert and Margraretta, both unbeaten in river division, play to decide the championship of one of two divisions of the Sandusky Bay Conference on Friday night at Margaretta.

          Calvert coach Todd Fox feels like they have gotten better step by step during the season, even in a loss last week (28-16) to Seneca East in non-conference play last Saturday.  “We have progressed like we want.  Obviously we struggled a little bit last week.  This week we have learned a little about ourselves and developed a little bit.  We are getting to were we need to be here on week 10 and hopefully on to week 11,” he said.

          This is Calvert’s first year in the “SBC” after an odyssey in the “TRAC” after the breakup of the Midland Athletic League.  Fox says his kids are pumped up about having a chance to play for the river division title on Friday.  “Our young men are pretty excited to play for a conference championship.  We have been in a different league.  So, for them it’s just kind of refocus and have something they know they are going to part of right now and rehashing a little bit of Calvert history with the “SBC.” They are excited,” he said.

         Calvert (6-3,3-0) is at Margaretta (5-4,3-0) on Friday night.  The Polar Bears beat Sandusky St. Mary’s (34-12) in a river division game last week.

          Fox says they are clearly a team that is a lot better than they were in August when the season started.  “Coaches want to improve and I feel like our team has improved all year, but Margaretta from game one to game 10, and kudos to coach Andrew (Zuk,) because they have improved so much across the board.  We are kind of bummed because we have to face them week 10.  They are a whole new team now.  They believe in their system and believe in themselves,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “Their offensive running attack with (Logan) Graffin is pretty phenomenal.  He leads our league in rushing and we have some good backs.  He is fast and if he gets to the open we are in trouble.  They have a couple of good receivers and they are a run first team, so if you focus too much on him they throw to a receiver.  Offensively they are very sound.  We hare going to have to be prepared for them, I think we are okay, but it is going to be a battle.”

          A win secures a playoff berth in division seven for the Senecas as well.  Fox says this is the kind of football game that you want to be playing on the final week of the regular season.  “We played a really tough team in Seneca East last week and now we are going into a league championship type game.  We have talked about as a team that is how you get ready.  That’s how the great teams in Ohio get ready they are battling each week.  We want to be able to face a tough team and be able to get ready,” he said,

 

Published 10/26/16

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