1998. Orrville.probably saw you played...... what year did Coldwater play Orrville? Zwick at QB as a Freshman? and they had a big 6' 8" kid at WR , that I think went to Indiana?
Zwick was a FROSH then was recruited to Massillon.
Their WR went to Indiana.
The infamous "catch" to win the game for Orrville.
That was Coldwater's first trip to the finals in program history. That Senior class was the first group that had all four years with Coach Reed, God Bless His Soul. Prior to 98 the best season was in 1995 losing in the semifinals. In that game, CW's QB, who was also their best defender, injured his shoulder early in the game and they had zero backup help that year. I recall after that season Coach Reed saying he would never again have his team so ill prepared at the backup QB position.
After a week ten loss to DSJ most thought Coldwater was not going to make the playoffs with the 8-2 record. The other loss was vs the pre MAC Versailles Tigerball. That was the last year of 4 teams per region.
Wk 11: 40-12 win against Kenton.
WK12: 43-8 over Lima Bath who had, according to the Lima News, "Superman" at Linebacker.
WK13: Cincinnati Wyoming. Running back, Richard Hall, had 106 career TDs. Coming into the game Hall was the second leading rusher in yards in a season (finished with 2855) and finished one yard behind Brewer for yards rushing in a season.
That was the infamous Do Over game. At the end of the half, Wyoming was going for a FG and it was blocked. One of CWs fastest players ended up with the ball and was easily going to return it for a TD but an inadvertent whistle stopped the play. (they admitted they screwed up and blew it dead as if it was a blocked EP). So, they did a do over and instead of kicking they went for and got the TD. A 14 point turnaround.
Week 14 was the finals vs Orrville in Massillon.
That 1998 Coldwater team had a QB who went on to become a Navy SEAL, and the recipient of the True American Truck Giveaway by Rocky Ridge, featuring Herschel Walker. If anyone was at the parade for CCP19 you may have seen the entry in the parade.
NFL legend Herschel Walker and veteran Brian Jason on the truck Brian won as part of the Rocky Ridge Trucks' 'The True American Hero Truck Giveaway.'
I believe that year put Coldwater on the map for football and now who would have thunk 22 years later the team would be on the cusp of playing in their 13th championship game.
Even with everything against them this Sunday and it getting worse with the moving of the game, playing the seasoned defending runners up, the rain to neutralize the finesse, the Cavs are just fortunate to be playing in the finals this year after an extended absence.
Goodluck New Bremen.