Football team hungry for post-season Success
by Jon Hanover, Editorial Editor
With the team off to its best start in twenty years, is this the year to bring
home a state title?
The West Geauga football team has continued its winning ways and is looking at the playoffs with hungry eyes. With the conference championship, an impeccable record of 10 and 0, and a number 7 ranking in the most recent Plain Dealer poll at the time of this writing, it's clear the Wolves have reason to salivate.
Leading the pack is a group of outstanding seniors. Quarterback Pat McDonald has averaged nearly 196 yards passing per game and recently broke the school record for career passing yards. Bringing down McDonald's passes is wide-receiver Joe Lubelski, who is well on his way to breaking the school record for career receptions. The record is held by Dan Sedney with 82; Lubelski has 79. On the ground, running back Joe Konieczny broke the school record for career yards rushing and currently has averaged 84.2 yards rushing per game this season.
The Wolves have outscored their opponents 350 to 73 this season. Most satisfying was their 48-14 victory over perennial rival Chagrin Falls. "They had it coming," said head coach Mr. Matt Rosati.
The Wolverines are on a roll but will face stiff competition in the
post-season. West G. is in Division III, Region 9, which many coaches and analysts bill as the best region in the state in any division.
In the first round of the playoffs, West G. will face familiar neighborhood rival NDCL.
If all goes according to expectation, the Wolves will face 8 and 2 Lake Catholic in the second round of the playoffs or Akron Hoban. Lake is known for their senior quarterback, Mark Petrizello, a three-year starter with a state championship under his belt. Lake was ranked right behind the Wolves at number eight by the Plain Dealer.
If West G. defeats Lake (or Hoban), they will move onto the regional final and most likely find Benedictine there waiting for them. Benedictine is touted by many as the best team in the state in any division. With a record of 9 - 1 and the number 1 ranking in the Plain Dealer. Benedictine is certainly a formidable opponent. But, if the Wolves manage to get past the Bengals, the road to the state title lies open to them.