Bowling Green looks to get over playoff hump

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Bowling Green High School finished in the unlucky position of ninth in the Division II, Region 6 computer rankings last season. Of course, only the top eight qualify for the playoffs. However, this year, the Bobcats might have the firepower to get them over the top.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB Aaron Mershman (6-3, 195, Sr.), WR Adam Crawford (6-0, 165, Sr.), FS Zach Clifford (6-0, 175, Sr.), RB/LB Cody Rife (5-9, 185, Sr.), DT Dennis Cox (6-0, 230, Sr.), OT Ryan Ireland (6-5, 335, Sr.), CB Charles Cohen (5-7, 155, Sr.), DE Joey Sherwood (5-10, 185, Sr.).

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 6-4

Bowling Green High School finished in the unlucky position of ninth in the Division II, Region 6 computer rankings last season. Of course, only the top eight qualify for the playoffs. However, this year, the Bobcats might have the firepower to get them over the top.

Bowling Green is led by one of the best quarterbacks in all of Ohio in Mershman, who is ranked as the No. 32 senior prospect in the state and the No. 2 QB by Ohio High magazine. As a junior, Mershman threw for 1,466 yards and 13 touchdowns, and added 370 rushing yards and six scores.

He is a Ball State verbal.

Mershman’s top target will once again be Crawford who racked up 1,752 total yards last year (on 42 receptions, 76 carries, 26 kickoff returns) and scored 10 touchdowns. He was named first-team all-league and can run the 40 consistently in the 4.6 range.

Clifford was Bowling Green’s leading tackler in 2007 and he returns to lead the defense. He was a first-team all-league selection. Rife was the second-leading tackler and he’s also back.

“We need to replace fifteen starters from our 2007 team,” head coach Jeff Cullen said. “But, we have a good QB and receiver, four offensive linemen that have started at least one game, and we will have more speed on defense. Most importantly, we have more off-season enthusiasm, and higher goals, than we have had in several years.

“There are six teams on our schedule that were in the playoffs last year. We need to get better in a hurry. Our toughest two games will be week one opponent Toledo Central Catholic, new to the schedule, and NLL power Sylvania Southview.”

SCHEDULE

8/22 Toledo Central Catholic

8/29 at Fostoria

9/5 Napoleon

9/12 Perrysburg

9/19 Holland Springfield

9/26 at Maumee

10/3 Rossford

10/10 at Sylvania Southview

10/17 Sylvania Northview

10/24 Whitehouse Anthony Wayne

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