Undefeated Woodridge will venture to Lodi on Friday as one of the hottest football teams in the area.
The 5-0 Bulldogs will meet the 0-5 Cloverleaf Colts as the 2016 regular season surpasses the midway point. Woodridge’s perfect start includes wins over CVCA (56-14), Manchester (49-7), Chagrin Falls (44-6), Ravenna (44-8) and Streetsboro (70-0).
“This team is a really solid group that prepares like champions every day and then comes ready to perform on every Friday night,” Woodridge coach Jeff Decker said. “I am really proud to work with these young men and group of coaches. They all understand the concept of team and how the team far exceeds a bunch of individual great athletes.
“We have a great group of players each doing their job extremely well. Our special teams are performing at an exceptional level that is putting our offense and defense in great positions to be successful. Jacob Mally and Robert Singletary each have a couple blocked kicks and punts.”
The Bulldogs have also been strong on kickoffs. King Alfred Sanders and Jacob Margroff have each returned at least one kickoff for a touchdown, Decker said, and both the kicks and the coverage have been solid.
“Sharif Howard has been regularly kicking the ball into the end zone on kickoffs for the last few weeks,” Decker said. “And when he doesn’t, our kickoff team led by Singletary and Margroff is stopping teams inside their own 20 yard line.”
Offensively, Sanders has rushed for 12 touchdowns and Singletary has run for five.
“[Quarterback] Mason Lydic has been solid and efficient with 10 touchdown passes and 664 yards, and only two interceptions and one sack,” Decker said.
Howard and Margroff are Woodridge’s leading receivers with four touchdowns apiece. Howard has 19 receptions for 332 yards and Margroff has 14 receptions for 227 yards. Margroff also has four carries for 74 yards and one touchdown.
“All of the offensive statistics are possible because of excellent line play from Kyle Lamson, Dontae Craft, Kasey Kelleher, Austin Hindley, Brentyn Burden-Burns, and Hayden Gerdes,” Decker said.
Woodridge’s defense features linebackers Singletary and Spencer Robinson, linemen Craft and Gerdes and backs Sanders, Kyle Kelleher, Robbie Taylor, and David Graham. Opponents are averaging less than 60 rushing yards and 87 passing yards per game.
Mikesell picks Terps
Jackson’s Taylor Mikesell has committed to accept a scholarship and play on the women’s basketball team at the University of Maryland.
Mikesell, a 5-foot-10 junior guard, has sound dribbling, shooting and passing abilities. She has earned two varsity letters, and said Maryland, Florida State and Stanford were her top three choices.
“The Maryland coaching staff is incredible, the campus and university itself are in a great location, and the basketball program is one of the best in the country,” Mikesell said.
North soccer wins
The North boys soccer team (5-3-2) followed up its 1-0 win over Firestone by defeating St. Vincent-St. Mary 2-1 and Springfield 3-0 in the past week.
Mohammed Hussein and Boo Le scored goals for the Vikings in the win over the Irish, and Hussein, Le and Ta Eh Ler netted goals in the triumph over the Spartans.
Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or email@example.com. Read the #ABJVarsity high school blog at www.ohio.com/preps. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MBeavenABJ.