Clearview Clippers ready to bounce back after Week 10 loss

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Clippers quarterback Roger Engle, a sophomore, is shown throwing a pass earlier this season.

Clearview head coach Mike Collier has been here before.

As a player, Collier helped lead the Clippers to the playoffs in all four of his years of high school.

Now in his sixth year at the helm, Collier has led his Clippers to their second playoff appearance, 15th overall in school history. Clearview, the seventh seed in Division IV, Region 14, will travel to Ottawa-Glandorf today to take on the Titans, who are making their eighth-straight appearance in the playoffs.

Despite three regular-season losses to Amherst, Wellington and Columbia, the Clippers, led by sophomore quarterback Roger Engle and senior running back Chad Anderson, had a successful seven-win season. They had a chance to win the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division in Week 10 at home against Columbia, but fell short to finish in second place.

“We put a lot into that game against Columbia so it was upsetting to fall short of our goal, but it was nice to wake up and see that we still made it,” Collier said. “We’re happy about having another week to play football so we accomplished that goal. Our kids want to bounce back and are ready to go at it.”

The Clippers will have their hands full with Ottawa-Glandorf, who finished the season 10-0, including winning the Western Buckeye League. Beside a two-point win over Celina and a one-point win over Elida, the Titans have routed their opponents. For the season, they’ve outscored their opponents, 439-129 for an average of 43.9-12.9.

“They’re very tough. They’re very physical,” Collier said. “We got our work cut out for ourselves on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, we’re going to have to spread them out and try to get the ball to our playmakers.

“They have great size. They can pound you with their tough-nose football and try to shove it down team’s throats and beat ‘em up front. They have a great running back, who breaks tackle. Defensively, they play 3-4 and swarm to the football. They have a very aggressive defense. They’re definitely a great team. There’s a reason why they are 10-0 and made the playoffs. We got our work cut out for us.”

Ottawa-Glandorf head coach Ken Schriner was very complimentary of what he has seen of Clearview.

“When you look at them on film, we can see they’re a well-balanced team,” Schriner said. “They run the ball very well and their quarterback is throwing the ball very well. They’re very athletic and have good size up front. It’s going to be a good challenge for us.”

Schriner, who has led the team to eight straight playoffs, likes his team’s experience. He also knows the postseason is a new season and what matters is what happens on the field.

“We’d like to think we have an advantage with a senior-led team that has playoff experience, but come Friday night, it doesn’t matter what we’ve done in the past,” Schriner said. “It matters if you take care of business on the field. It’s two teams that are not familiar with each other. The challenge is to be solid in everything you do, offensively and defensively.

The Skinny

Clearview Clippers

Conference: Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division (2nd)

Coach: Mike Collier

Playoff appearances: 15th (2008, 2003, 2002, 1995, 1993, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1980, 1978 — 2nd, 1972 — 2nd)

State Championships: None

Leaders: Passing — Roger Engle (113 of 183, 1,491 yards, 15 TDs, 9 Ints.); Rushing — Chad Anderson (256 carries, 1,544 yards, 16 TDs); Receiving — Gerrell Williams (26 receptions, 699 yards, 8 TDs), Ryan Vargo (30 receptions, 342 yards, 3 TDs), Lance Billings (25 receptions, 210 yards, 4 TDs); Tackles — Anderson 89; Sacks — Billy Doughty 5, Smith 4.5; Interceptions — Bryan Walker 4, Williams 4.

2012 Clippers schedule

Aug. 24 vs. Vermilion, W 27-6

Aug. 31 vs. John Marshall, W 36-14

Sept. 7 at Amherst, L 49-16

Sept. 14 at Keystone, W 42-21

Sept. 21 at Wellington, L 43-13

Sept. 28 at Fairview, W 32-27

Oct. 5 at Oberlin, W 36-14

Oct. 12 vs. Lutheran West, W 22-12

Oct. 19 at Brooklyn, W 27-13

Oct. 26 vs. Columbia, L 51-25

Tonight at Ottawa-Glandorf, playoffs

Ottawa-Glandorf Titans

Conference: Western Buckeye League (1st)

Coach: Ken Schriner

Playoff appearances: 11th (8th straight season making playoffs)

Leaders: Passing — Caleb Siefker (60 of 121, 804 yards, 13 TDs, 6 Ints.); Rushing — Tristan Parker (207 carries, 1,616 yards, 22 TDs), Siefker (124 carries, 895 yards, 13 TDs), Shane Schroeder (38 carries, 265 yards, 3 TDs), Brad Racer 40 carries, 249 yards, 5 TDs); Receiving — Jacob Leopold (18 receptions, 220 yards, 3 TDs), 4 players tied with 7 receptions; Tackles — Wyatt Karhoff 71, Logan Diemer 66, Matt Samuelson 64; Sacks — Karhoff 6, Russell Ellerbrock 3, Jacob Wells 3; Interceptions — Siefker 3, Tyler Zender 3.

2012 Titans schedule

Aug. 24 vs. Fostoria, W 62-7

Aug. 31 vs. Celina, W 28-26

Sept. 7 at Shawnee, W 34-13

Sept. 14 at Defiance, W 70-21

Sept. 21 vs. Kenton, W 52-16

Sept. 28 at Wapakoneta, W 27-7

Oct. 5 vs. Elida, W 14-13

Oct. 12 at Memorial, W 62-0

Oct. 19 at Bath, W 56-14

Oct. 26 vs. Van Wert, W 34-12

Tonight vs. Clearview, playoffs

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Last Updated: 11/1/2012 9:51:42 PM EST

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