The Ready High School football team's last significant opportunity to add to its playoff résumé will take place Friday, Oct. 19, when it plays host to Whitehall at Fortress Obetz.
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The Ready High School football team’s last significant opportunity to add to its playoff résumé will take place Friday, Oct. 19, when it plays host to Whitehall at Fortress Obetz.
After losing to London 49-14 on Oct. 12, the Silver Knights have just a 3-5 record but were projected to be 11th of 26 teams in computer points this week in Division V, Region 19. The top eight advance to the postseason.
A 56-42 victory Oct. 5 over Columbus Academy, along with a 30-23 victory over West Jefferson on Aug. 31, has helped keep Ready’s postseason hopes alive.
West Jefferson was 6-2 after beating Springfield Northeastern 55-19 on Oct. 12 and Academy was 4-4 after routing Bloom-Carroll 59-9 that same night.
The other team Ready defeated was Liberty Union (35-7 on Sept. 21), which plays Academy on Friday, Oct. 19.
The Knights close the regular season Oct. 26 at Bexley, which has lost seven of its first eight.
“We were happy to get a win (over Academy) after losing a couple tough ones,” coach Brian Cross said.
Ready hopes its offensive performance against Academy can be duplicated in its remaining games.
In that contest, the Knights ran nearly 80 plays, which Cross said is about 20 more than normal. Running back Jack Foley rushed 41 times for 265 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Austin Aiello rushed for 126 yards and wide receiver Jaishan Norris added three receptions for 111 yards and a score as Ready had more than 600 total yards.
“We just executed better on offense (against Academy),” Cross said. “Our linemen sustained their blocking longer to have a few bigger plays. We probably played our best game of the season offensively, and defensively we gave up some points but they only had 35 yards rushing.”
Boys soccer team preps for tourney
On Oct. 17, the 22nd-seeded boys soccer team played at 10th-seeded Grove City Christian or 19th-seeded Patriot Prep in a second-round game of the Division III district tournament.
The winner plays second-seeded Wellington, 13th-seeded Columbus International or 18th-seeded Northside Christian in a district semifinal Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the home of the better seed.
The district final is Oct. 27.
Ready, which scored just three goals over its first 10 games, lost to Walnut Ridge 4-2 on Oct. 8 and beat Millersport 3-1 on Oct. 11 for its first victory. The Knights, who tied Marion Pleasant at 1 on Sept. 15, were 1-11-1 heading into the postseason.
Girls soccer team secures winning mark
With back-to-back wins to close the regular season, the girls soccer team locked up a winning record.
Ready, which beat Pleasant 2-0 on Oct. 8 and West Jefferson 1-0 on Oct. 9, was 7-5-2 as it opened the Division III district tournament Oct. 16 at eighth-seeded Amanda-Clearcreek. The Knights were seeded ninth.
The winner plays top-seeded Worthington Christian or 16th-seeded Madison Plains in a second-round game Thursday, Oct. 18, at the home of the better seed, with the winner to face third-seeded Wellington, fifth-seeded Fairbanks, 11th-seeded West Jefferson or 14th-seeded Marion Pleasant in a district semifinal Wednesday, Oct. 24.
The district final is Oct. 27.
Volleyball team to face top seed
On Oct. 16, the 12th-seeded girls volleyball team played at top-seeded Fairbanks in the first round of the Division III district tournament.
The winner plays host to 21st-seeded West Jefferson in a second-round match Saturday, Oct. 20. If Ready wins its first two matches, it would face fifth-seeded Fredericktown, 13th-seeded Academy or 14th-seeded Northridge in a district semifinal Oct. 25 at Mount Vernon Nazarene.
Fairbanks entered the postseason at 21-1 while Ready improved to 10-12 with a 25-12, 25-16, 25-15 victory over Bexley on Oct. 8 in its regular-season finale.
“You’re going to have to beat (Fairbanks) eventually,” coach Mike Kusan said. “There’s no better competition than what we face in our league.”
Runners set for postseason
The boys and girls cross country teams open the Division III postseason Saturday, Oct. 20, at Hilliard Darby. The boys compete in the district 2 race and the girls will be in district 1.
The top four teams and top 16 individuals in both races advance to the regional meet Oct. 27 at Pickerington North.
On Oct. 13, the boys and girls each finished fifth in the CCL meet at Otterbein.
The boys scored 137 points as St. Charles (28) won the title. Evan Cordle led the Knights with a 16th-place finish (18 minutes, 22.56 seconds), followed by Grant Cordle (28th, 20:39.84), Cameron Jones (30th, 21:20.24), Daniel Hamilton (31st, 21:26.18) and John Pyles (32nd, 23:31.46).
The girls scored 144 points as Watterson (30) won its fourth league title in five seasons. Addison Whitmer was 23rd (23:09.81), followed by Brigitte Bowman (25th, 23:25.02), Atemnam Maker (31st, 24:37.22), Emily O’Connell (32nd, 26:16.29), Maddie Craddock (33rd, 27:18.76) and Michaela Mayo (34th, 28:36.85).