August 29, 2014

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High school football: Undefeated Hornets are all business

BRUNSWICK — No one would blame the Highland football team if it had extra moxie after defeating Massillon 17-14 last week or if it played the revenge card after losing to Avon in the playoffs two years ago. The 12-0 Hornets don’t roll like that. They’ve remained grounded heading into tonight’s Division II, Region 4 Read More…

High school football: Bruce Kinsey D-II Offensive Player of Year

The resume spoke for itself: a perfect record, No. 6 rating in The Associated Press state poll, 2,472 yards total offense and 29 touchdowns in the regular season. Highland quarterback Bruce Kinsey was the unanimous choice for Division II Offensive Player of the Year when the All-Northeast Inland District teams were released Wednesday by the Read More…

High school football: Kinsey pipes up when needed, but prefers listening

The son of his youth football coach and still the younger brother of the quarterback, Coltin Kinsey has always gotten a lot of advice. It doesn’t happen very often, but every once in a while the talented Highland receiver/cornerback likes to get in his two cents worth. “He’ll say, ‘Bruce, if I do this, this Read More…

High school football: Undersized Zaz leaves everything on the field

Middle linebacker Jonny Zaz is the heart and soul of the Highland defense. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY RON SCHWANE)

The exact number fluctuates between 2,560 and 2,640, but Jonny Zaz squeezes every ounce out of his ability. Standing 5-foot-7¼ — and he wants that quarter inch! — the senior has had an outstanding season for the Highland football team despite weighing between 160 and 165 pounds, depending on the day. “I didn’t get very Read More…

The defense never rests

  Dan Brown The Gazette AKRON — The Highland defense was not fazed by how big and strong Massillon was or all the hype that surrounded Friday night’s Division II, Region 4 semifinal. The Hornets were craftier, out-executed the touted Tigers and held on for a 17-14 victory at the University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium-Summa Read More…

Hornets beat Massillon

Albert Grindle The Gazette AKRON — The rowdy fans waving their orange towels, the Obie the Tiger decal on the side of the helmets and the tradition of Massillon football frequently intimidate opponents into submission. More than 7,650 in attendance at the University of Akron’s Infocision Stadium-Summa Field saw the opposite Friday in a Division Read More…

Highland beats Massillon

AKRON – Highland beat Massillon 17-14 in a Division II, Region 4 high school football semifinal at the University of Akron Friday. With Massillon driving, Highland’s Coltin Kinsey interecepted a pass with 1:22 to play to end the threat.

High school football: Paich is one of the unsung heroes

Playing at the University of Akron’s Infocision Stadium-Summa Field is among the most anticipated storylines tonight for Highland’s Division II, Region 4 semifinal against Massillon, and the experience of stepping onto the FieldTurf in front of 10,000-plus fans is one the Hornets are salivating for. It will have a different meaning to senior wide receiver/safety Read More…

High school football: Top-seeded Hornets prepared for Massillon

AKRON — The tradition of Massillon football is impossible to ignore. The Tigers are one of the most respected programs in the country with 23 state titles and nine national crowns in the pre-playoff era (1972). They also have 21 postseason appearances, three runner-up trophies, hoards of NFL players and a rabid fan base. Tradition Read More…

High school football: Grizzlies crushed by talented, physical Tigers

Wadsworth defender Will Rock (41) knocks the ball free from Cleveland Heights’ Deante Powell with help from Greg Young (43), Tyler Erbse (55), Cyler Caldwell (2) and Austin White (20) during the second half. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY AARON JOSEFCZYK)

Kenneth Coleman | The Gazette WADSWORTH — Everything is elevated during the playoffs. Teams are faster, defenses hit harder, fans cheer louder and players are more focused. Fresh off a one-loss regular season, the eighth-seeded Wadsworth football team entered Saturday’s Division I, Region 1 quarterfinal against No. 9 Cleveland Heights with high hopes, but it Read More…