Holton hosts regional final
By Ken DeLaat
Here we go, Holton.
A playoff game on the field built to host such pairings.
The Red Devils are in uncharted territory as they compete for the regional crown and the opportunity to move on to the quarterfinals Saturday at 1pm. when they host the Mendon Hornets. Expect a large and loud crowd to pour in despite the weather forecast because this community continues to add a raft of riders to a seriously packed to the gills bandwagon. The folks hereabouts have supported this team through an up and down season and these playoff games have added a good deal of excitement to the area when it comes to football.
Coach Jack Nummerdor: “Looking forward to playing a program such as Mendon. They have a storied tradition of football there. This is an opportunity to continue writing history for us and we are excited about that. We continue to ask the question, Why not us? The community has been a huge support and it continues to grow. The kids have been feeding off of it, it has been pretty special.”
Mendon has a lengthy legacy of playoff football having competed every year but one during this century and they have spent the postseason at home just twice in 30 years. They’ve been to the finals at the Silverdome and Ford Field a dozen times and brought home 11 state titles.
But this is this year.
Mendon lost 4 games in the regular season competing in the brutally tough SW-10 conference, the same league Holton’s latest victim Decatur came from.
Like Holton their 4 losses came against playoff bound teams.
The offensive line and some defensive heroics have been the key elements to the late season success of the Devils and they will need both Saturday because this one should be a dogfight. The Hornets will be looking to open holes for Austin Rensi who scored 4 TDs in last week’s win over Athens so containing he and his backfield partner Corbin Weinberg will be vital.
But on the flip side the Hornets will be trying to rein in Aaron Herron and Derek Pouch who have been able to take advantage of the o-lines work in the trenches to pile up some serious yardage.
Holton has been playing inspired football,minimized their mistakes and, most importantly, learned how to show up early since the post season began.
They’re at home and the emotions on the field and in the stands will be running high. If they can continue to perform on the field as they have these past two weeks they will be tough to beat.