BELLVILLE — For the second season in a row, Clear Fork will take on Lorain Clearview in the Ohio High School Athletic Association football playoffs.
The Colts advanced to the second-round with a 20-6 win over Bryan last Saturday at the Colt Corral. Lorain Clearview beat Highland, of the Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference, also on Saturday. It was Clearview’s first playoff victory in 15 years.
Last Saturday vs. Highland, the Clearview Clippers rallied from an 8-0 lead to win 30-16 in the Division IV, Regional 14 regional quarterfinal, setting up this week’s rematch at Wooster High School at 7 p.m. Saturday .
In that game, Drew Engle was the leading rusher for the Clippers with 22 rushes for 83 yards. Quarterback Chase Christensen completed 7 of 14 passes for 133 yards, two TDs and was intercepted once. Both TD passes went to Dystyn Smith, who only caught two passes, but scored on both, one from 58 yards and one from 38 yards.
Clearview’s other two scores came on short touchdown runs of 3 and 4 yards from David Renftle.
The Clippers used a balanced offense, rushing for 154 yards and passing for 133. The Clippers defense held Highland to 203 rushing yards, and just 67 yards via the pass. They also controlled the line of scrimmage. They had the ball for
Clearview won the Stripes Division of the Patriot Athletic Conference, outscoring their opponents by an average score of 19.7 points to 7.5 points.
The winner advances to the regional championship game Nov. 14 to take on the winner of a Saturday game between Sandusky St. Mary’s Memorial and Van Wert. St. Mary’s (10-1) beat Pepper Pike Orange 48-13 in Week 1 of the playoffs. Van Wert (9-2) was a 33-14 winner over Huron.
Last year, in the first round of the playoffs, Clear Fork dominated Clearview, 44-0. The next week, the Colts lost to Bellevue, ending their playoff run and their undefeated season.