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Old 09-09-17, 12:48 PM
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Poland Seminary (3-0) vs Howland (1-2)

Poland coming off a week three win at Jefferson 49-0. So far, outscoring opponents 142-24 in 1st three games. Despite being 1-2, Howland's losses appear to be at the hands of two quality opponents. This one is always a battle. Any thoughts?
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Old 09-09-17, 01:19 PM
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Well this is the best team Poland plays so far. Poland is rolling right now so we'll go with the hot hand. Dogs 28-14
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Old 09-09-17, 01:21 PM
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Should be a good matchup!
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Old 09-09-17, 01:48 PM
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Polands had a pretty easy 1st 3 games. Howland is more battle tested but won the one they were suppose to and lost by 10+ in the two they were suppose to lose. These two typically play each other close. Toss up imo with the slightest edge to poland. Coaching is a wash.
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Old 09-09-17, 03:38 PM
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Usually a very good game, should be GoTW honestly, I look for a 20-17 game, going either way
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Old 09-09-17, 05:58 PM
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Howland has a knack for winning this game as the underdog, and I suspect they'll do it again. Much more battle-tested. Boardman and Padua are good teams. I suspect Dean and Deemer will make life miserable for the bulldogs much in the same way Dean and Victor Williams did last season.
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Old 09-11-17, 01:40 PM
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Howland by 7.
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Old 09-11-17, 03:00 PM
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Stopping poland will be the key for the tigers, those long drives can break a team
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Old 09-11-17, 03:32 PM
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Poland will win this game. Howland is ok. I said earlier in the year they would have a down year and I am sticking to it. They will beat Hubbard east and niles for sure. Not Poland or Canfield.
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Old 09-11-17, 03:50 PM
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Poland by 30+
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Old 09-11-17, 06:15 PM
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Poland has played 3 turds so far, Howland's opponents haven't lost a game other than Lakeview's defeat to the Tigers. Poland was expected to roll Howland last year and lost. Both good teams will be very close game. Good luck to both teams and stay healthy.
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Old 09-11-17, 09:24 PM
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Poland will win this game. Howland is ok. I said earlier in the year they would have a down year and I am sticking to it. They will beat Hubbard east and niles for sure. Not Poland or Canfield.
Agreed. I like Poland, 35-14.
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Old 09-12-17, 03:21 AM
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I can see this game being a 24-20 type of game either way.
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Old 09-13-17, 03:53 PM
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Looking at this game being close than the records indicate but expect Poland to win.
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Old 09-13-17, 07:17 PM
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Howland has played a brutal schedule so far
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Old 09-13-17, 08:39 PM
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Poland is my pick. Lakeview left several scores on the field against Howland and I believe Poland is better than Lakeview.
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Old 09-13-17, 08:49 PM
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This should be a good game. Howland may be able to keep it close.
On paper, this is Poland's to lose.

Surprised by the lack of discussion seeing as this is usually a very good game every year.

Poland 28, Howland 17
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Old 09-15-17, 10:41 PM
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Dogs Roll to a 30-7 Victory. All 30 points put up in the 1st half, with a running clock in the 2nd half until the last two minutes when Howland scores to prevent the shutout.
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Old 09-16-17, 02:57 AM
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By MIKE MCLAIN

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HOWLAND

The undefeated Poland High School football team had just put the finishing touches on an impressive 30-7 win over Howland when head coach Ryan Williams was asked where this puts the team.

Let’s just say there will be no rest for the weary today.

“We’re going to be in the weight room tomorrow,” the Bulldogs coach said after the All-American Conference Red Tier win Friday at Lombardo Field. “We’re going to be watching film tomorrow. We’re worrying about our next opponent.

“But it’s better going into the weight room and the film room 4-0.”

The Bulldogs (4-0, 1-0) showed why they’re one of the elite Division IV teams in Ohio with a quick-strike attack that produced a 30-0 halftime lead. The second half was played with a running clock until Jackson Deemer scored on a 3-yard run for the Tigers with 1:44 remaining.

Senior running back Jonah Spencer led a bruising rushing attack for Poland with 172 yards on 14 carries, including an all-effort 88-yard touchdown run that pushed the lead to 27-0 at the 5:25 mark of the second quarter.

Poland’s defense limited Howland (1-3, 0-1) to two first downs in the first half.

Williams was pleased with the defensive effort on Tigers senior quarterback Samari Dean, who was held to 23 yards on 10 carries.

“He’s as good of a back as we’ll see all year long,” Williams said. “Our defense did a great job.”

The big first half was set up when Mike Diaz returned a punt 74 yards to the Howland 10 yard line following a three-and-out possession by the Tigers to start the game.

Diaz neatly timed a high bounce, catching the ball on the run at the Bulldogs’ 26. He split the initial wave of defenders and ran along the right sideline.

“Mike Diaz is a playmaker,” Spencer said. “I think we needed that for sure.”

Quarterback Cole Kosco followed an 8-yard run by Spencer with a 2-yard sneak to open the scoring. Mike Kushner added the point-after kick.

Poland increased the lead to 14-0 later in the first period on a 1-yard run by Dante Romano and a Kushner point-after kick.

Romano added another score on a 3-yard run on the first play of the second quarter, but Kushner’s kick was wide left as the Bulldogs had a 20-0 lead.

Spencer broke free on his 88-yard run on the third play of Poland’s next possession. He appeared stopped by a host of defenders but managed to slip free. He was nearly tackled from behind deep into Howland territory but was able to score.

“I just kept on pounding,” Spencer said. “I knew [lineman] Nick Sabrin would push me to the end zone. It was nice.”

The Bulldogs made sure a running clock would be used at the start of the third quarter when Kushner made a 26-yard field goal nine seconds before halftime.

The Tigers played better defensively in the second half and had a bit more success on offense. They nearly scored late in the third period, but a Dean pass was tipped and intercepted by linebacker Cole Lavorini at the Poland 7.

Deemer’s touchdown completed a 10-play, 68-yard drive.

“They’re a very good football team,” Tigers coach Dominic Menendez said. “They’re not undefeated for no reason, and they’re not the number five team in the state for no reason. If we had played the first half like we did the second half, we would have been in better shape.”

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Old 09-16-17, 02:58 AM
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It was a very chippy game.
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Old 09-16-17, 10:21 AM
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Impressive effort. What's going on at Howland? Have had a long run of pretty good success, good coaching staff. But where are the players?
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Old 09-16-17, 10:31 AM
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Impressive effort. What's going on at Howland? Have had a long run of pretty good success, good coaching staff. But where are the players?
I'm not sure there's anything really wrong with Howland, they've played some really good football teams. Their opponents combined records are 14-2.
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Old 09-16-17, 10:35 AM
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Talking to Poland coach they've had one game circled on their schedule that they've kept quiet about, heard a lot of smack talking about, that they've used to motivate them all offseason. Looks like Poland is the no longer "down" and all the "we miss Brungard" talk will be quickly forgotten.
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Old 09-16-17, 10:39 AM
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I'm not sure there's anything really wrong with Howland, they've played some really good football teams. Their opponents combined records are 14-2.
I don't disagree. But they have like 40 guys on their roster, you'd think they could get that up a bit. Reminds me of when Boardman had about 38 back in 2013...Their schedule has been brutal and guys like Dean and Deemer as a result are never off the field.
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Old 09-16-17, 10:45 AM
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I don't disagree. But they have like 40 guys on their roster, you'd think they could get that up a bit. Reminds me of when Boardman had about 38 back in 2013...Their schedule has been brutal and guys like Dean and Deemer as a result are never off the field.
I haven't seen them in person so I didn't know of the numbers, being that low is concerning for sure. I just saw them a bit on the GOTW against Boardman and highlights and they seem like a pretty good team that's just played really good teams. I think they'll win their next 4 before facing 2 more really good teams in Canfield and Akron East.
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Old 09-16-17, 10:48 AM
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Talking to Poland coach they've had one game circled on their schedule that they've kept quiet about, heard a lot of smack talking about, that they've used to motivate them all offseason. Looks like Poland is the no longer "down" and all the "we miss Brungard" talk will be quickly forgotten.
I hope that game is being played week 6 at laddie j fedor
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Old 09-16-17, 10:53 AM
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Talking to Poland coach they've had one game circled on their schedule that they've kept quiet about, heard a lot of smack talking about, that they've used to motivate them all offseason. Looks like Poland is the no longer "down" and all the "we miss Brungard" talk will be quickly forgotten.
Also they haven't been quiet about it. At all. It's ok. Every team should come into every game like that. Every game should be circled. Not just one.
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Old 09-16-17, 11:21 AM
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Is Poland for real ?
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Old 09-16-17, 02:23 PM
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Is Poland for real ?
Not sure yet. QB play has been much improved past couple of weeks. I don't think we will know until after week 6 how good they are.
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Old 09-16-17, 02:56 PM
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I can promise you that team that beat up on them last year will be just as fired up for that one, bigger test this week for the cats tho.
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