August 4, 2015

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Football MVP: Steven Ficyk powered Brunswick back to playoffs while living childhood dream


The Brunswick football legacy was drilled into Steven Ficyk from seemingly every angle. Nothing on earth was going to stop him from turning childhood fantasies into reality. The son of a former Blue Devils quarterback, Ficyk needed no introduction as to why the school colors are deeply entrenched in the blue-collar community. When Ficyk was Read More…

High school football: Steven Ficyk, Daniel Weinerman make Division I first team

Steven Ficyk

Steven Ficyk and Daniel Weinerman earned their places among Medina County all-time greats when the Division I and II All-Ohio football teams were released Monday by The Associated Press. The Brunswick quarterback/punter and Wadsworth running back were named to the first team in D-I, highlighting 12 area players to earn recognition. Ficyk, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Brunswick at St. Edward

Brunswick quarterback Steven Ficyk tries to get a pass past the reach of St. Edward's Cal Reynolds in the first quarter Saturday night in Lakewood. Photo by Judd Smerglia

    LAKEWOOD – Facing a football team that many think could be playing in the Division I state final in a few weeks, Brunswick knew the sledding would be rough on Saturday. The Blue Devils hung with St. Edward for a quarter, but ultimately fell 37-3 at First Federal Lakewood Stadium in a game Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Wadsworth at Austintown Fitch

Wadsworth's Benny Baier hits a field goal out of the hold of Adam Dennison against Austintown Fitch during the second quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

  AUSTINTOWN — Wadsworth’s football team found a way to keep itself in the game Saturday night, but couldn’t find the endzone as it fell in its Division I, Region I playoff opener to Austintown Fitch 15-3 at Falcon Stadium. Despite forcing three turnovers, the Grizzlies (7-4) couldn’t struggled to move the ball down the Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Buckeye at Bowling Green

Buckeye's Trevor Thome looks for running room in the second quarter against Bowling Green Friday night. Photo by Judd Smerglia

  BOWLING GREEN — The game plan of just about every high school football team on the road is to start fast, establish superiority and ride the wave. Try as it might, fifth-seeded Buckeye stumbled out of the box and it led to a 41-7 loss to No. 4 Bowling Green in a Division III, Read More…

Football: Buckeye’s Trevor Thome is always a threat to take it to the house

Trevor Thome and Buckeye will battle Bowling Green tonight in the Division III, Region 8 quarterfinals. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Lose sight of No. 22 for a nanosecond and he’ll blow by in a flash. The Patriot Athletic Conference has produced NFL starters Hugh Thornton and Anthony Hitchens and 19 first-team All-Ohioans since its inception in 2005. Even so, the 12-school circuit has never seen a better big-play threat than Buckeye standout Trevor Thome, whose Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Updates and Scores


After 10 exciting weeks of high school football, six Lorain County teams and four Medina County teams have earned seeds in the playoffs. Follow our live feed below for updates and commentary on the games. Show off your team spirit by tweeting pictures from the game using #MedCoFBall. Friday Games (7:30 p.m. start time): Division Read More…

High School Football Playoffs: Avon at Highland

Highland's Grant Wallace turns the corner against Avon during the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

  NORTH ROYALTON — The tears that fell to the FieldTurf of Serpentini Chevrolet Stadium were minimal. The Highland football players realized they were beaten by near-perfect execution in the fourth quarter Friday, as fifth-seeded Avon scored three unanswered touchdowns over the final 10:44 to take a 42-21 victory in a Division II, Region 4 Read More…

Football playoffs: Brunswick’s Tom Knuff playing in memory of late grandmother

Brunswick's Tom Knuff against Solon. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

A week ago today, Brunswick left guard Tom Knuff woke up full of zest, excited for what would happen. The Blue Devils were a day away from playing Solon for a right to make the Division I, Region 1 playoffs, and his grandmother was going to walk him across the field on senior night. Bonnie Read More…

High school football: Highland’s Michael Doak contributes all over lines

Two-way lineman Michael Doak, right, has been a key contributor for Highland as it heads into a Division II, Region 4 playoff game against Avon. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Michael Doak was not gifted with freakish athleticism and does not have aspirations of playing football at a school like Miami (Fla.), where his grandfather, Norman Blanchard, was starting center from 1964-65. That’s fine with the Highland two-way lineman, who is proud of his heritage but prefers to stay out of the limelight. He instead Read More…