Things are a bit different this Sunday morning. Usually, we bring you the top plays, the top players, and a little recap of what happened on Friday night, but this Friday was special. This was the last week of the regular season, there was a lot on the line, and so with that we want to bring you a playoff preview. Today, we give you which teams are going where, whose playing who, what seed they are, and where they are playing. And if you specifically come here for the top play of the week, and the gif, no worries, we have our top plays of the PTC season alongside some of the best GIF's of the past week. There were a lot.
First of all, the first part of the video is our panel of PortageTrailCentral.com reporters picking their top players in the PTC including their overall conference MVP. That's for those that are interested. Here it is.
For those of you that are interested, the second part of that clip is great. In 2-minutes, it describes everything that this show was about. There was some great moments, there were some really funny moments, and there were some moments that looked absolutely terrible. That's ok with me. We tried things, we made mistakes, and most importantly we learned. We started this site just a year ago, and now we have incredible content (that is not always the best, I won't lie) and a brand new football show on some wonderful athletes, teams and communities. Sometimes at TV2 and PortageTrailCentral.com we forget that we are just students, and the most important thing as that we grow, because no matter what, we have to continually get better at what we're doing before we step into the professional world.
The scary thing about this site, about this show, and about the station is that we are officially professionals the second we start working here, because we go live to Portage County and elsewhere. Yes, this entire thing is on the internet. Have we recieved negative complaints about things we've done on the show? Yes, have we gotten better this entire semester? I would say so. I hope that anyone that's reading this realizes that this show, that has officially ended on-air for the season, is the start of something big and I'm glad I got to be apart of this and help start it.
It's great to thank people behind the scenes, in private, but sometimes people need to know who does the work. So, to all my reporters, to the tech crew, to anyone that helped on Triple F Life, to anyone that watched and liked the show (or hated it, whatever), and to those of you that are reading this because you simply care about the PTC and wanted score updates, I want to say thank you. I hope that you've enjoyed these seven shows as much as I have, and don't worry, there's more great things to come.
One last thing: Be about that life.
Special Thanks To:
Doug Rogers, Jon Jankowski, Jasen Sokol, Cory York, Spiro Tempellis, Michelle Hennon, Courtney Citro, Sean Barie, Sean Eiler, Sawyer White, John Huntsman, Kyle Vertoch, Ashley Crosby, Halie Baker, Krandall Brantley, Jon Reisdorf, Ryan Hale, Robert Bond, Jeremy McCumbers, Jeremy George, Jim Piascik Heather Miller, Jed Thorn, Jake Corcoran, Ty Sugick, Casey Braun, Kyle Hentzleman, Rich Pierce, Brenna Frattaroli, Raven Brinson, Katy Coduto, Audrey Young, Brian Presley, Bill Hughes, Zach Harley, Danielle Slack, Nick Shook, Sawyer White, Lauren O'Kane, Gabe Kramer, Adam Brokaw, Nick Shook, and of course Glenn Bolich and Jason Kostura.
The Woodridge Bulldogs had a simple solution before the game. Win, and get in the playoffs. The Southeast Pirates had a much more difficult task. A win was not enough, they had to win and hope that they could get a little help along the way from 6 other teams.
This game wasn't about a conference title, this was purely for second place. The Pirates were really hurt early on this year, losing to Field and Crestwood after their starting Quarterback got injured. They bounced back, and won 5 straight before falling to Mogadore, the team on a mission, last week.
The Bulldogs have been on a similar type of roll. After falling to Mogadore in week 4 35-28, the Bulldogs have been barking and biting their way to the playoffs, and put themselves in a place where they control their own destiny. To see who won, watch the whole highlight below.
For your complete playoff picture on where both teams will land, unofficially, here is a link to our favorite high school rankings site JoeEitel.Com
This is it. It's week 10. It's the final week in the Portage Trail Conference regular season, and there so much in store. Obviously, there's the games, with one in particular standing out. Before we get to that game, here's a preview of all the things that we're going to cover on the site this week. I hope you guys are ready, because I know we certainly are.
Mogadore's Magical Run
The Mogadore Wildcats have a history of great football teams, including a state title just a decade ago. This year, the Wildcats have been the most dominating team in the conference, in either division and they have earned the #1 ranking in Division VI, and already clinched the County Division conference crown. We're heading out to Mogadore this week to talk to Gary "Bubba" Strain, Coach Matt Adorini and the rest of the Wildcats to see what this season has been like, what it means to go perfect, and what they're expecting to do in the playoffs. Stay tuned for that.
Dorian's Chance For 2,000 Yards
This season some wonderful individuals have really stood out across the conference, but no one stood out more than Dorian Williams. Just last week, he piled up over 250 yards against Ravenna, and that put his season total at 1,871. That means with even a mediocre game by Dorian's standards, he will eclipse the 2,000 yard mark. Only 3, maybe 4, other backs in the state can claim that right, and it's been a pleasure to watch Dorian run all year long.
The Playoff Race
As of this week, 5 teams in the conference have a spot in the state playoffs. For those teams, it's simple, win and your in (unless you're Mogadore, then it really doesn't matter.) But there are those that are still sitting on the outside looking in, and some even have a chance to make the playoffs. We'll give you one last look at each teams best case scenario, even for those that can't qualify for a spot in the playoffs.
Dorian isn't the only one chasing down greatness this season, Tra Chapman is about to break his own passing records at Roosevelt, Dillon Headrick at Coventry is making his way into the school record books on both sides of the ball, Bubba Strain is piling up stats at Mogadore and deserves some recognition, Joey Simpson, Sean McCoy, and plenty of other studs across the conference have all been doing great in their own right. We'll have a complete statistical break down heading into Week 10.
All week long we will have everything you need to know on Kent and Ravenna. The history. The Captains lunch. The burning of the mascot. TV2 Coverage. Plus Intimate Moments with Jermaine Justice and Trei Thomas. All this and so much more, right here on PortageTrailCentral.com.
Starting Saturday, we'll have all your playoff coverage, who plays who, and our predictions for each team in the playoffs.
It's a huge week for the PTC, stay tuned for everything.
Welcome to Sunday Morning Superstar. This section is dedicated to a recap of the wild Friday nights, what they meant, who shined, and what's coming up this week. Why Sunday you ask? Because Saturday is just too soon to comprehend what took place and we need sometime to let everything settle in. Every week, a "Play Of The Week" will be awarded, along with a "Player Of The Week" and our upcoming "Game Of The Week" will be announced or nominated. Stop in every Sunday morning to find out what you missed from the past weekend.