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Playoff preview: Buckeye Central (9-1) at Mogadore (10-0)

By izzy Published: November 5, 2010

Mogadore football is one of the great traditions in all of Ohio high school football. The Wildcats won their fourth state title in 2002 and visit the playoffs yearly now under coach Matt Adorni and for years with Scott Pollack.

The Wildcats (10-0, 7-0) won the Portage Trail Conference County Division, finishing with a 17-7 win over East Canton. Wildcat football is running the football with senior running back  Jake McAvinew and Kodey Chance.

On defense, McAvinew is the top defensive lineman and Chance is an impact linebacker.

Buckeye Central (9-1) from Crawford County under coach Jason Ratliff returns to the post season for the first time since 2003 with a young team. The Bucks can light up a scoreboard led by junior quarterback Tyler Erwin, who has thrown for 64 percent (103-of-160) with 1,661 yards with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also rushed for 377 yards.

The ground game is led by senior running back Alex Finney with 933 yards and a 6.1 yards per carry average with 13 touchdowns and Auston Hood with 403 yards and 4.9.

The Bucks defense has some notable performers. There are a a number of big sackers in Bryce Collins with 6, Austin McDonnell 5 1/2, and Adam Paytner 3.

The secondary is good at pilfering the pigskin. Sam Shafer has eight interceptions, Erwin five and two each by Paytner, Justin Herrnstein (one for a TD), and Thomas Kaple.

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