MAC has five teams in Regional Semis; Conference continues to shine, win

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Midwest Athletic Conference

Coldwater football coach Chip Otten’s use of lawn care to describe
the competitiveness of schools in the Midwest Athletic Conference is
appropriate. The MAC has been mowing down opponents for years…


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Coldwater football coach Chip Otten’s use of lawn care to describe
the competitiveness of schools in the Midwest Athletic Conference is
appropriate. The MAC has been mowing down opponents for years.

“The
competitve nature in our area with everything is high whether it be
business, education, sports or even how good your lawn looks,” Otten
said. “The expectations of all of our athletic programs are really
high.”

Football is the penthouse, and it’s an impressive pad.

This
weekend the MAC will have five teams competing in regional semifinals.
That’s a historic feat for any other conference. It’s expected of this
one.

Since 1999 when eight teams per region began earning tickets
to the playoffs, MAC teams have gone 48-1 against non-MAC foes in
regional quarterfinals. The lone blemish? Versailles’ 21-20 loss to Lima
Central Catholic in the 2005 D-V Region 20 quarters.

In regional semifinals, the MAC is 51-6 against non-MAC opponents.

Staggering.

“I don’t know that teams are fearful or intimidated by hearing ‘the
MAC,’ ” Otten said. “I think the advantage for us is that we know that
we don’t have to play an unbelievable game to win. We’re all used to
playing playoff caliber teams all year and we’re used to pressure and
the physical nature of playing four tough quarters.”

Marion Local coach Tim Goodwin agreed.

“It
gives our teams confidence that we’re not going to have to do anything
extraordinary to have success in the playoffs,” said Goodwin, whose team
is the defending D-VI state champion. “If we prepare during the week
and play well, we’re going to have a very good shot of moving on because…

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