As far as Ready High School football coach Joel Cutler is concerned, there's been more to his team than simply two unrelated standout players with the same last name.
While two-way lineman Brady Taylor and running back Akili Taylor have received most of the accolades, Cutler said senior quarterback Matt Yoho, junior linebacker Alvin Knox and junior kicker Aiden Dulin have had impressive seasons.
Ready, which played Hartley on Nov. 1 looking to secure its first perfect regular season, beat Muskegon Heights (Mich.) 63-8 on Oct. 26 to improve to 9-0.
The Silver Knights will play host to a first-round Division VI, Region 21 playoff game Friday, Nov. 8.
"Alvin Knox leads our team in tackles and had 21 against Miami Trace (in a 52-35 win Oct. 11)," Cutler said. "Obviously, Aiden Dulin is one of the leaders in central Ohio in scoring. Matt Yoho is a signal-caller I can send in three or four plays at a time to and he gets the right ones. That's why we don't have a lot of negative plays."
Yoho completed all four of his passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns against Muskegon Heights and has been completing better than 60 percent of his passes for the Knights, who were averaging 55.2 points through nine games.
Dulin had made 62 extra points and one field goal.
Most of top runners eligible to return
Sophomore Kathleen Colvin is among several key athletes eligible to return for the cross country program.
Colvin finished 31st (20 minutes, 10.83 seconds) in the Division II regional meet Oct. 26 at Troy as the top 16 individuals advanced to state.
That followed a ninth-place finish in a personal-best 19:42.1 in the district meet Oct. 19 at Watkins Memorial. She was third (20:26.8) in the CCL meet Oct. 12 at Otterbein.
"She peaked at the right time," coach Dean Tower said.
The girls team placed third (73) in the league behind Columbus School for Girls (30) and Watterson (53) and ahead of Hartley (91) and DeSales (102). It then was fifth (179) in the 20-team district meet behind champion Granville (48) as the top four advanced to regional.
Other key girls runners were seniors Allie Schroeder, Maddy Bowen and Sydney Gammon, junior Courtney Bair, sophomore Emily Genders and freshman Katie Perry.
"They all ran their personal best (at district)," Tower said. "They finished well and I was really proud of them."
The boys were last (116) in the CCL behind St. Charles (17), Watterson (62), DeSales (68) and Hartley (111), and 15th (391) of 21 teams at district behind champion Sparta Highland (52).
Junior Codi Platter was the Knights' top finisher in the league (13th, 18:55.6) and district (35th, 18:16.74).
Other key runners were juniors Mark Vatter, Mark Gnatowski, Adam Hutton, Steve Landy and Andrew Duncan and sophomore Henry Tokar.
Platter ran a season-best 16:30 on Sept. 7 in the McGowan Invitational at Watkins Memorial but battled injuries late in the season, according to Tower.
Volleyball team again makes district final
Despite having a new coach and several players in key roles for the first time, the girls volleyball team made it to a district final for the sixth consecutive season.
The seventh-seeded Knights began the Division III postseason with a 25-18, 25-13, 25-20 win over 14th-seeded Centerburg on Oct. 16 and upset fourth-seeded Marion Elgin 25-23, 19-25, 16-25, 25-17, 15-9 on Oct. 24 before falling to top-seeded Highland 25-11, 25-12, 17-25, 23-25, 15-8 in a district final Oct. 26 at Olentangy.
Ready went 14-11 overall and 3-5 in the CCL, tying Watterson for third behind DeSales (8-0) and Hartley (6-2). CSG was last at 0-8.
"A lot of people told me it was kind of going to be a rebuilding year for us, but after watching our girls this past summer, I thought it would be more of reloading," coach Mark Sisler said.
Ready loses six seniors, including Katelyn Keyes (setter/right-side hitter), Lauren Rivera (libero) and Rose Thacker (middle hitter).
Among those eligible to return are juniors Maggie Quinn (defensive specialist) and Meredith Rivers (outside hitter) and sophomores Holly Guggenbiller (outside hitter/right-side hitter) and Nicole Naporano (middle hitter).