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Redbirds End Playoff Drought, But Not Yet Satisfied

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 11/12/2013

After a long dry spell, Loudonville finally made it back to the postseason in 2012 and were satisfied with simply playing in a week 11 game. This season, the Redbirds are already moving on to week 12 and are still hungry for more.

"I think this year we're a lot more focused on our goals." Senior left guard/defensive end Ty Young says. "Last year I think we were a little more satisfied once we made the playoffs, it was kind of a big deal for us."

Teammate Tristan Bender agrees, saying that 2012 "was more of a foundation building year. We weren't ready for the playoffs."

But the stud junior safety believes that expectations in the locker room have changed this season. Bender says the team has built on the groundwork laid a season ago and that there's more "urgency" surrounding the squad during this year's playoffs. A sentiment senior linebacker/ running back Ryan Weber agrees with.

"I feel like we're a lot more confident." Weber says of his group compared to last year. "We have a lot more skill than we did last year and we're not just satisfied with just getting there, we want to do something in the playoffs."

Loudonville is off to a solid start in achieving their goals with an opening round 20-8 win at Northwestern last Saturday. But the 10-1 Redbirds will have a difficult task with 8-3 Huron this weekend, and trying to slow down star signal caller Cody Thompson.

"Without question everything starts with their quarterback." Says second year Loudonville head coach Justin Todd. "The thing that's so scary about them, it's not necessarily their pass game, it's their quarterback who has the ability to extend every single play."

Thompson will be headed to FBS college Toledo next fall, because of his ability to create explosive offense from broken plays. The Tigers are much more than just a an athletic quarterback however, Todd says, they play in the difficult Sandusky Bay Conference and have a solid all-around team.

"When you're in the round of 16, you're good." Todd says. "They don't have a lot of flaws, so we're going in for the challenge of our life right now."

The Redbirds will play Huron on November 16 at 7:00 p.m. at the Medina Ken Dukes Stadium.

   
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