Coldwater wins sixth straight; Cavaliers looking for 11th straight playoff bid

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Coldwater 49, Versailles 14
Back on August 31 the Coldwater Cavaliers lost 35-14 to
Marion Local, since then the Cavaliers have been simply unstoppable.
Coldwater has won six consecutive games by a combined score of 272-29;
needless to say they are hot. The streak continued Friday night when they rolled over long time
rival Versailles 49-14, turning what is normally a heated contest into
an easy Cavs victory.


COLDWATER – Back on August 31 the Coldwater Cavaliers lost 35-14 to
Marion Local, since then the Cavaliers have been simply unstoppable.
Coldwater has won six consecutive games by a combined score of 272-29;
needless to say they are hot.

This streak continued Friday night when they rolled over long time
rival Versailles 49-14, turning what is normally a heated contest into
an easy Cav victory. The 35 point margin of victory was the largest
since Versailles beat the Cavaliers 37-0 in 1957. Since these two teams
first played in 1937, the 49 points is the most ever scored by one team.

“We were really hoping to run the ball better tonight,” noted Reed.
“But Versailles put a lot of guys in the box and really invited us to
throw down field and that is the strength of our team with our
quarterbacks.”

The problem Coldwater faces is this could all be for not. With
already one loss the Cavs find themselves in a playoff quandary. One
more loss and making the playoffs would be just a dream. Even if they
win out, their situation is a bit clouded, some thing not lost on Coach
John Reed.

“It is no question (that it is vital to win out),” Reed said. “Ever
since the Marion game we have been getting better. The kids know if we
do make it (to the playoffs) we have to be a better football then we
are now.”

Reed took over the Coldwater program in 1995 and they have missed
the playoffs only once (1996) and our currently on a 10 year playoff
run. Despite clearly being one of the top teams in D-IV this season,
Coldwater must win out and then see what happens. Unfortunately for the
Midwest Athletic Conference this has been a common occurrence the last
few years.

In 2004 St. Henry needed a comeback victory against Versailles just
to secure a spot. They made it as the eighth seed and promptly romped
to the D-V title. The problem lies in the fact that the MAC teams beat
each other up and with only one non-conference game computer points can
be difficult to come by.

For Coldwater their biggest win of the season was the week one 21-7
defeat over D-III Kenton. The Wildcats are now 6-2, as they continue
beating up mostly D-III and D-II playing in the Western Buckeye League.
This has been a positive for the Cavaliers, who are reaping the
benefits of the Wildcats success.

The Kenton victory is proving huge. Typically the winner of the
Versailles-Coldwater game garners crucial points, but not this season.
The Tigers are in the midst of a 2-6 season under second year Jason
Schondelmyer, offering little help to the Cavalier cause.

Hoping to elevate some of the playoff concerns the MAC has decided
on a system where each team will drop one conference game, allowing
them two non-conference games. The formula uses a teams standing in the
MAC over two years, meaning the tenth place team will not play the
first place team. The concept is to help teams earn more computer
points, by allowing them to schedule another team outside the
conference.

Ironically, with Versailles and week 10 opponent St. Johns
struggling, it is Ft. Recovery at 5-3 that could bring Coldwater the
most points. Next season these two teams will not play.

Over the next few weeks Coldwater fans are sure to have one eye on
their team and one eye on the scoreboard, watching, hoping and waiting.
It is a game they haven’t had to play very often, but it looks like
this year it is their turn.

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