Friday, November 05, 1999
McNicholas (7-3) vs. Edgewood (10-0)
Today's playoff matchup
When: 7:30 p.m. today
Where: Edgewood High School, 5005 State Route 73, Trenton.
Regular Season: This is the first meeting between these schools with no common opponents during the regular season.
Playoff History: This is Edgewood's third consecutive appearance in the playoffs. McNicholas will be making a fourth appearance and bring a 2-3 playoff record into the game.
Credentials: McNicholas is an unpredictable team, playing outstanding football one week and following with a loss to a lesser opponent the next. Edgewood hasn't missed a beat. The defeated powerful Springboro the third week of the season and went unchallenged in the MML South Division.
Key Players: Edgewood: Tailback David White (1,128 yards rushing), Ryan White (951) and Dan Beiser (856). McNicholas: Sophomore quarterback Bryan Cupito, who completed 136-of-148 passes for 1,887 yards and 23 touchdowns and receiver Joe Polaneczky (62 receptions for 850 yards).
Key Statistics: This will be a matchup of Edgewood's ball control offense that averages over 250 yards rushing against a McNicholas team capable of either running or throwing effectively.
If McNicholas wins: It would advance the Rockets to a second round game against the winner of the Dayton Carroll/Chillicothe game.
If Edgewood wins: The Cougars will pick up added confidence as the result of beating a team from the Greater Catholic League.