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Tigers host Bulldogs in showdown

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HOWLAND TWP., Ohio -

The Howland football program is sitting 1-2 and face undefeated Poland Friday night at Lombardo Field.  

That's where the Tigers seem to play their best.  They've won six straight at home, including this years season opener over Lakeview.

Last year the Tigers went on a seven game winning streak beating Poland on the road, 35-34, for their second win in that streak. "Hopefully the God's are on our side and we can keep getting better," said 
Tiger Coach Dom Menendez. "Last week against Padua we had three turnovers and need to protect the football."

The Bulldogs are on a roll of their own.  They've won three straight and over that span have scored no less than 42 points.  "Against Howland, nine of the last 12 games have been a one score game," said second year Poland Coach Ryan Williams.  Bulldogs linebacker Cole Laviorini said, "These game are always close. So it's going to come down to a few plays, and we have to win those plays."

Out of the last 10 games, Howland holds a slim 6-4 advantage. "It's a different year, different team and hopefully we can come out and be better prepared," said Tigers quarterback Samari Dean. "We have to play physical football, Howland football," he said.

The Tigers have been tough at home. Can they pull off another win against the Bulldogs? "They're all must wins from here on out," Menendez said.

TRUSTEE AND COACH - Howland defensive coordinator Eric Ungaro is preparing to slow down the Poland offense. He should know them pretty well, as he serves as a Poland Township Trustee.

WELCOME HOME - Long time Warren Western Reserve and Harding football coach Phil Annarella returns to Mollenkopf Stadium  Friday.  He's hoping to keep the Raiders win less on the season and lead his Fitch club to its second win.

UNBEATEN STREAK- With all the talk of the Indians winning streak, according to our records, the longest program with an unbeaten streak is Niles. The Red Dragons did not lose in 48 games between 1959 and 1964 but did have a couple of ties. Lowellville had 36 nonlosing games between 1959 and 1963, which also included ties.

WINNING STREAK - Cardinal Mooney won 28 consecutive games.  The Cardinals were 14-0 in 2006 and 2007.    

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