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Playoff Preview: South Range vs. Sullivan Black River

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Only two high school football teams are left standing in Ohio, Canfield and South Range. 

The undefeated Raiders battle Sullivan Black River (11-1) in the regional final on Friday at Northwest High School in Canal Fulton, Ohio. 

The South Range football team is ecstatic to be back in the Regional Final, a place they haven’t been since 2007. 

“You know, here it is week 13 and it’s hard to believe it’s week 13 already and it’s so exciting. It’s been awhile since we’ve been there and it’s nice getting the program back to that point,” said Dan Yeagley, Raiders coach. 

“It’s a lot of fun. We’re all very excited, you know, we just wanna keep winning. We want to keep on playing. We want to go to the state championship,” said Mathias Combs, Raiders wide receiver. 

South Range faced both of their opponents in the first two rounds of the playoffs, Crestview and Akron Manchester, in the regular season. They won’t have that advantage this week against Sullivan Black River.

The Raiders haven’t played the Pirates since the mid-1990s when Black River defeated them in their only other meeting.

However, The Raiders feel this won’t be an issue since they are familiar with the unfamiliar. 

“Well, now we’re back into that mode again where all the sudden we have a team that we don’t know a whole lot about. They’re clear over on the other side of the state and we gotta go back to our other seven weeks and say hey we did it before and we have to do it again,” said Yeagley. 

“I think our schedule for this year really prepared us for the playoffs because you’re gonna see teams that you’ve never played before and never seen before,” said Combs.

The Raiders will have to be disciplined on defense against this dynamic Pirates offense that features three 1,000 yard rushers. 

“He has a great offense. They run the wing-T. They feature three backs. Last week in the playoff game they had all three backs rush for over 100 yards and they all rushed for over a thousand during the season so they’re gonna come at you with a running attack,” said Yeagley. 

“We just gotta play our very best game and just realize that it could be over just like that. I mean, everyone’s gotta play good. Everyone has to play like we’ve been playing all year. We have to play South Range Raider football,” said Peyton Remish, Raiders running back. 

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