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Varsity Football Continues Winning Ways in 2016


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It’s been said that the local high school is what unifies many communities across America. This is probably true. Some people in Chesterland might take it one step further and say varsity high school football games are the glue that holds this town together during the ten (and hopefully more) weeks in the fall. The relatively “young” 2016 Wolverine varsity football team has managed to win four games so far, including defeats of Beachwood, Padua, Geneva and Harvey.

Among the team’s many leaders for this season are seniors Alec Newlon, Nick Rossi, and Joe Daddario. The season started off  roughly for the Wolverines, as they began with a 0-28 loss to Chardon. According to the News Herald, however, the Wolverines are the only team to keep the clock running on normal time in the second half this season (meaning Chardon was not ahead by at least 30 points).

In Week 2 the boys were defeated by the Riverside Beavers by a score of 16-21. The last time the Wolverines started out losing their first two games was 1997. On the subject of the rough start to the season, head coach Mr. Lou Cirino said, “The players started working harder. I’m proud of the guys. They’ve worked harder and started paying attention to more details. They have grown up pretty quickly, which is good for such a young team.”

Week three could have been a HUGE turning point for the team. West G. had not started 0 – 3 since 1998. It was all good, as they defeated Padua by scoring a touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game. The boys rallied and pulled out the win with Joe Daddario leading the last second drive with Jax Shenkel (the quarterback), making the handoffs and the “O line,” consisting of Shaun Podojil, Nick Rossi, Nathaniel Grabinski, Sam Orth and Joey Camino, opening the holes.

The game versus Padua set off a winning streak for the Wolverines. In weeks four and five the team literally mauled Geneva, Harvey and Beachwood. As of right now the West Geauga Wolverines are ranked fifth in the state computer playoff region, which, at the end of the season, will decide if our hometown team can make it to the playoffs for the second year in a row and 9th time since 1999.

Week 9 will be the CVC showdown versus Perry with the CVC title and that possible playoff berth on the line ! Fasten your seatbelts !