The Hudson explorers (11-2) are vying for a Division II state championship, but the Perry panthers (11-2) are standing in their way. Hudson Head coach Ron Wright joined the Sam Bourquin show to talk about the match up against perry and what his team has to do in order to win. Hudson will match up against Perry at Solon's Stewart field at 7:30p.m.
The Ohio State Buckeyes' 23 game win streak was snapped by the Michigan State Spartans last week, in a 17-14 game decided by a last second field goal. The Buckeyes will now have to lick their wounds and face the team "Up North". The 100-year old rivalry will be renewed this coming Saturday at 3:30p.m. in the big house. Former Buckeye Bobby Carpenter joined the Sam Bourquin show to talk about the mentality of the team heading into the game Saturday. He said the team does not want to lose this game after what happened last and added the coaches should not "over analyze" when preparing as well.
Lakewood St Edward's and Stow will be squaring off in the Division I State Semifinals in a matchup of two well-disciplined and well-coached teams.
Tom Lombardo joined the Sam Bourquin Show Wednesday to talk about their game with the Bulldogs Friday and what their defense is going to have to do to contain the star-studded backfield of quarterback Kyle Vantrease and running back Jayson Gobble.
Lombardo says the young men have been batttle-tested defensively and they're ready to get after it Friday night.
For some of our local high school teams, the road to Columbus has one more step to go.
Two Stark County teams are representing themselves well in the playoffs, Canton Central Catholic and Perry High School.
Jeff Lindesmith, the head coach of the Crusaders of CCC joined the Sam Bourquin Show earlier in the week to talk about his team as they prepare to face Milan Edison in the Division V State Semifinals.
"They(Milan Edision) are a real impressive team," Lindesmith said. "They run the triple option, very similar to Navy, their quarterback is a four-year starter and they rotate a couple of good fullbacks."
The Crusaders defeated Crestview last week to earn their State Semifinal berth. The game will be played at Wooster Triway Jack Miller Field.
For the Perry Panthers, they will face a stiff challenge against the Hudson Explorers in the Division II State Semifinals.
Head Coach of the Panthers Keith Wakefield joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his club and how they need to match the physicality of Hudson in order to move on to Columbus the following week.
One of Wakefield's primary concerns is stopping Hudson quarterback Jackson Parker.
"He's a good runner, they run a lot of zone read with him, and we have to get him on the ground," he said.
Cleveland Indians broadcaster Jim Rosenhaus will be alongside Tom Hamilton for more years to come,
Rosenhaus signed a multi-year extension with the club to continue as the pregame host and as an in-game play-by-play broadcaster with Hammy all along the Cleveland Indians radio network.
Jim joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about his radio journey and what the Indians organization has meant to him.
"I couldn't imagine doing it anywhere else," Rosey said. He will be entering his 10th year with the Indians this coming season.
The Perry Panthers are one of the nine area teams that will be making an appearance in the third round of the playoffs, and will look to impose their will on Worthington Kilbourne in the Division II Regional Finals.
Keith Wakefield the head coach of the Perry Panthers joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the matchup and his team's focus and talent as they prepare for Worthington.
One of the keys will be stopping the opposing offense, including their quarterback.
"It'll be our job to get him down, he gets the ball out quickly."
One of the keys to Perry's Wing-T offense is star running back Keishaun Sims, who has racked up some big numbers this season.
"He's a humble kid, he works hard, and his mental toughness, and grit are what makes him good," said Coach Wakefield.
One of the biggest debates in the wake of the deadly terror attacks in Paris has been whether to accept refugees from Syria. The governors of 32 states have asked the federal government to not place Syrian refugees in their states, and there is speculation that Republicans in Congress may insert language into a key spending bill to block Syrian refugees from being accepted into the United States.
Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Wadsworth) believes Ohio Gov. John Kasich made the right decision by calling for Syrians to not be placed in Ohio.
"We need to ensure those coming over have no ties to ISIS or other terrorist organizations. We need to have a system in place, we need to be screening." Renacci said. "If we can't do that, we shouldn't just be allowing individuals to come in."
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Niles) sees it differently. While he also wants to make sure terrorists don't enter the country, he says there are safeguards in place to ensure the wrong people don't come in.
"If we don't know something... or we don't know who exactly you are, you don't get in the country," Ryan said.
When asked about the "gaps" in the ability to vet Syrian refugees noted last month by FBI director James Comey, Ryan said a refugee whose information falls into one of those gaps would not gain entry into the United States.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill that would, among other changes, require FBI background checks for refugees. The Associated Press reports President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
The Hudson Explorers are looking to keep the ship rolling this weekend against a tough Mayfield team in the Division II Regional Finals at Solon.
Hudson head coach Ron Wright joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the win over Nordonia last week 35-14 and challenges they will face in Mayfield.
"We played pretty well (against Nordonia) in all three phases of the game, the kicking gamw was what I was most worried about, but we did OK there."
Hudson and Mayfield will face off on the gridiron Friday November 20 from Solon at 7:30pm.