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Warriors Host Norwayne Looking For 3-0 Start

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 9/11/2013

Ontario is off to a nice start on the gridiron, with wins over OCC foes Lexington and Clear Fork to open their 2013 campaign. But perhaps the biggest test of their season will visit Copeland Field on Friday night, when the Norwayne Bobcats, fresh off back to back trips to the final four come to town.

The visiting squad will likely be angry, as Norwayne looks to bounce back from a tough 32-28 loss Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy last Friday. It won't make the Warriors task any easier that star running back Jordan Campbell, who leads the team with 277 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns, will sit out with a sore hamstring. But the absense of Campbell will create opportunities for guys like WR Josh Plieninger, who welcomes the obstacle.

"I'm always ready." Plieninger says. "In practice we prep that. You know someone's always going to be hurt or something, so I'm just ready for the challenge."

Plieninger has just two receptions on the season and says he would like more touches, but as long as the team wins he doesn't care. The senior helped secure a victory for the Warriors defensively with a pick-six at the Corral last Friday and believes "the sky is the limit" for their veteran unit.

A key component of the defensive front is interior lineman Colton Sprague, who agrees the defense is constantly improving.

"We're getting better each and every day." Sprague says. "I think they're going to be a really tough team to beat, but I think in the end we'll prevail."

Ontario head coach Scott Kreger expanded on the challenges Norwayne presents, saying the team has a number of great athletes in the passing game. He also says it would be huge to finish non-conference play undefeated, however, the teams top priority remains a league title, even though they're not focused on that now.

"Any time you can get out of preseason 3-0 that's big." Kreger says. "Our main goal number one is to win the league. But we haven't even thought about next week because we don't have time to look ahead right now."

The Warriors and Bobcats will battle it out Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Ontario High School. The game can be seen on replay on WMFD HD Sunday at 3 p.m. and on sister station WOHZ TV Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m.

   
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