Two teams from the "PTO" will be making their way down to Columbus to compete for a state championship, bring pride to their respective schools, and to Stark County.
The Perry Panthers led by Keith Wakefield and the Crusaders of Central Catholic coached by Jeff Lindesmith are focused and ready to compete for the final time this season, and both coaches know that they will need maximum effort from their kids if they are to bring it home.
Coach Wakefield joined Sam to talk about the win over Hudson, and as they prepare for Cincinnati LaSalle, who will be their opponent in the Division II State Championship Friday night at 8 p.m.
"We knew it would be a fight," Wakefield said, speaking of Hudson. "We knew we had to be physical, and limit big plays."
As far as LaSalle, Wakefield knows there's a lot of talent on that side of the ball, and it's going to come down to the trenches.
"It comes down to, can our guys block their guys," he said. "They're real big up front, and their kids defensively aren't as big, but their quick."
Canton Central Catholic, meanwhile will be taking on Coldwater in the Division V State Title contest, and Jeff Lindesmith says that it's a unique experience to play them once more this year after playing them in 2014.
"This group has been such an interesting group, and it's been great to see them get better each week," he said.
The Archbishop Hoban Knights will be playing in the State Title game this Thursday night against Toledo Central Catholic following their win over Zanesville last week in the state semifinals 33-21.
Coach Tim Tyrrell joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about his team's effort and the upcoming contest with the Fighting Irish.
Tyrrell said the Knights left too much on the field, but he credited his offensive line and star running back Todd Sibley for getting things going in the second half.
"It was great for the Hoban community," Tyrrell said. "Our kids are happy, but our goal is this game coming up."
As far as the opponent, Coach Tyrrell says the Fighting Irish are a battle-tested bunch that can run the ball effectively and impose their will on people.
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.
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.
Many people are still buzzing about Holly Holm's knockout of MMA star Rhonda Rousey this past weekend in UFC 193, equating it to the knockout of Mike Tyson by James "Buster" Douglas many years ago.
Vince McKee from the Inscriber Digital Magazine spoke with our own Brad Russell from the Average Sports Show to talk about the match and what it means for the careers of both women moving forward.
"I think Holly Holm is going to be a dominant champion," McKee said. "I don't think she's going to flame out like Douglas did in boxing after he beat Tyson, he lost to (Evander) Holyfield and was never heard from again."
McKee said Rousey won't take a hit to her brand with this loss, but some much-needed time off will help her.
"I think she needs to take some time off, regroup, she had one bad night with her game plan, just attack it differently and get ready for a rematch."
After the Browns humiliating 30-9 loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers, there are many questions swirling around the lakefront.
Our own Sam Bourquin dissected the loss, saying it amazes him why people continue to watch the team, despite their ineptitude this season, and in seasons past.
"How can you sit there and root this team on?" Bourquin asked. "You're not going to see me barking and woofing."
For Akron Beacon Journal Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich, who joined the show, he says he doesn't really see a light at the end of the tunnel with the current trifecta of Ray Farmer, Mike Pettine, and owner Jimmy Haslam.
The Crusaders of Canton Central Catholic will be moving on in the Division V OHSAA playoffs against Columbiana Crestview this Friday after a big win over Sandy Valley.
Jeff Lindesmith, the CCC head football coach joined the Sam Bourquin Show Monday to talk about the team's 38-7 triumph over Sandy Valley and what they look to do against Crestview.
When asked about his team's performance, coach Lindesmith was pleased with their ability to play agressive, hard-nosed football.
"Our effort was outstanding," Lindesmith said. "We don't like to turn the ball over, but we played a physical game."
Central and Crestview will kick things off this Friday at 7:30pm from Minerva High School at Dr. Robert H. Hines Stadium.
Steve Doerschuk sat down with WAKR's Brad Russell to talk about the upcoming Browns game against NFC North rival the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Going into the game both the Steelers and Browns have question at the quarterback position. Browns' quarterback Josh McCown and Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are both dealing with injuries. Doerschuk gave his opinion on who he believes will start for both teams. "I'm betting on Manziel starting for the Browns and Landry Jones playing for the Steelers." Doerschuk said.
Doershcuk is not counting out either starter in this game saying that, "I'm hedging my bet that there is a ten percent chance Roethlisberger will play and a 25 percent chance that McCown will play."
Steve Doerschuk was on the Average Sports Show where he and WAKR's Brad Russell talked about the Browns' front office.
Doerschuk spoke about the dysfunction between Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, Team President Alec Scheiner, General Manager Ray Farmer, and Head Coach Mike Pettine. He added , "That's not a odd couple, that's a odd couple of couples."
Doerschuk went on to say that he doesn't think that any of pieces fit together. He said that Scheiner might fit with Haslem from a public relations stand point.
Doreshuck also said that "I don't think Scheiner fits at all with a football guy like Ray Farmer."