Midview Middies making return to playoffs

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Midview’s Cody Callaway, left, helped lead the Middies into the playoffs this season for the first time since 2005.

It’s been five years since Midview made the playoffs.

And after suffering just one loss in Week 7 to Avon, the Middies had to sweat out an overtime 36-30 win over Bay last week to earn a playoff spot in Division II, Region 6. Midview will travel to Toledo Central Catholic today to take on the Fighting Irish, who are making their 14th appearance after finishing the season undefeated at 10-0.

“That was a game played in very difficult weather conditions,” Midview head coach Bill Albright said. “Bay came up with a very good offensive game plan, which caught our defense by surprise with something we had never seen before on their film. Our kids rallied, never got down, which has been a trademark of them all year, and we rallied at the end. We were fortunate to get a pick on their first possession in overtime by Alex Szuch. A couple plays later, we take it into the end zone. It was a great win. It got us to 9-1 and it got us into the playoffs. We’re here today ready to go.”

The Middies will be making their first playoff appearance since 2007 and their sixth overall. Albright has led them to all six.

“It’s something, as a coach, you strive for, it’s one of the goals we as a team put forth in the beginning of the season,” Albright said. “I’m happy for the kids. They’ve worked hard. They deserved a chance to get in. We’re in a spot right now where there’s a lot of teams would like to be playing in this 11th week. We’re very happy, very pleased.”

Quarterback Cody Callaway has been lights out as field general. Just a junior, Callaway has thrown for nearly 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. Eric Lauer, a senior, has been the recipient on quite a bit of Callaway’s throws with 40 receptions and nearly 1,000 yards, including 13 TDs.

The Middies were 6-0 heading into their home game against a one-loss Avon squad. After nearly upsetting them last season, the Middies were shutout by the Eagles, 28-0. The loss was an eye-opener for the Middies.

“I think that loss motivated them,” Albright said. “We watched the film that Saturday and saw some things we can do much better with. We just fell flat on both sides of the football. Give credit to Avon. They played a great game on both sides of the football. We learned a lot. It allowed us to fix some things. We got back on track with a win against Lakewood and kept it going.”

Toledo Central Catholic had a chance to finish with a perfect season, but a Week 10 loss to Toledo Whitmore spoiled that. Whitmore routed the Fighting Irish, 42-0 to finish 10-0.

The Fighting Irish use mostly a running attack. Their leading rusher Amir Edwards has gained 1,284 yards on 177 carries (7.3 ypc), which includes 22 touchdowns. They also have two other guys with over 300 yards. Paul Moses has also gained 466 yards with 10 TDs, while Cedric Gray has 321 (4 TDs). Eleven different players have scored at least one touchdown apiece.

“They’re a very impressive football team,” Albright said. “They’re very aggressive defensively. They bring five or six guys every play. I’m sure we’ll see the same thing. Offensively, they mix it up with a lot of different looks. They like to run the ball first and throw the ball second. They look real good on film. They remind me a lot of Elyria. Our kids played an excellent game against Elyria. That’s the type of game we’re going to have to play again.”

Quarterback DeShone Kizer has thrown for over 1,000 yards and has thrown 10 touchdowns to just one interception. He also has 238 rushing yards, including four rushing TDs. Derich Weiland has been Kizer’s favorite target with 23 receptions and four TDs.

Toledo Central Catholic have put up some numbers all season, and have outscored its opponents, 460-186, and that’s including its 42-0 Week 10 loss to Whitmer.

The Skinny

Midview Middies

Conference: West Shore Conference (2nd place)

Coach: Bill Albright

Playoff appearances: 6th (2007, 2003, 2002, 1999, 1998)

State Championships: None

Leaders: Passing — Cody Callaway (131 of 246, 1,892 yards, 20 TDs, 8 Ints.); Rushing — Brett Bartone (57 carries, 287 yards, 4 TDs), Callaway (70 carries, 240 yards, 6 TDs); Receiving — Eric Lauer (40 receptions, 868 yards, 13 TDs); Tackles — Devin Crum 105, Bartone 95, Steven Kozel 69, Brett Zupancic 64; Sacks — Kozel 8.5, Andrew Carlson 8; Interceptions — Jared Armstrong 4, Dante Redwood 3.

2012 Middies schedule

Aug. 24 vs. Lorain, W 42-13

Aug. 31 at Amherst, W 21-13

Sept. 7 vs. Elyria, W 37-27

Sept. 14 vs. Rocky River, W 37-14

Sept. 21 at Vermilion, W 42-14

Sept. 28 at North Ridgeville, W 42-14

Oct. 5 vs. Avon, L 28-0

Oct. 12 at Lakewood, W 24-7

Oct. 19 vs. Elyria Catholic, W 28-7

Oct. 26 at Bay, W 36-30, OT

Tonight at Toledo Central Catholic, playoffs

Toledo CC Fighting Irish

Conference: Three Rivers Athletic Conference (2nd)

Coach: Greg Dempsey

Playoff appearances: 14th (2005-state champs)

Leaders: Passing — DeShone Kizer (72 of 113, 1,043 yards, 10 TDs, 1 Ints.); Rushing — Amir Edwards (177 carries, 1,284 yards, 22 TDs), Paul Moses (60 carries, 466 yards, 10 TDs); Receiving — Derich Weiland (23 receptions, 278 yards, 4 TDs); Tackles — Chris Green 61, Mitch Cochell 46; Sacks — Tony Wagner 3, Ian Butler 3; Interceptions — Joe Solomon 4.

2012 Fighting Irish schedule

Aug. 24 vs. Springfield, W 66-14

Aug. 31 vs. Temperance Bedford, W 49-28

Sept. 7 at Perrysburg, W 35-7

Sept. 14 at Oregon Clay, W 56-19

Sept. 21 vs. Findlay, W 56-27

Sept. 28 at Fremont Ross, W 42-21

Oct. 5 at Lima Senior, W 47-7

Oct. 12 vs. St. John’s Jesuit, W 49-21

Oct. 19 at Toledo St. Francis DeSales, W 60-0

Oct. 26 vs. Toledo Whitmer, L 42-0

Tonight vs. Midview, playoffs

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Last Updated: 11/1/2012 9:52:21 PM EST

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