“I’m sure they were at that game,” Goodwin said. “Hopefully they remember how good Kirtland was and what a battle that was and how we weren’t able to make enough plays to win that game.”
As always, the Flyers have been the team making more plays all season, especially because of the defense. They’ve allowed a school-record low of 33 points and have 11 shutouts. They’ve allowed only a field goal in the playoffs and beat Columbus Grove 27-0 in the semifinals. Kirtland has six shutouts and has allowed 75 points. The most either team has allowed is 16.
“It’s going to be just a super competitive game that’s probably going to be low scoring,” Goodwin said. “In this day and age you need a couple of DBs that can really cover some good receivers, and we have that this year. We’re very fortunate we have good players in some key spots.”
All-Northwest District seniors lead the Flyers’ defense at every level. Linebacker Darren Meier is the district co-defensive player of the year. Tate Hess and Nathan Buschur lead the secondary, and Jake Topp is the leader on the line.
Kirtland lost 20 seniors off last year’s team, but the Hornets have made it back despite those losses and small senior class of 10. Head coach Tiger LaVerde turned the offense over this year to his son, freshman quarterback Jake LaVerde. He has rushed for 334 yards and passed for 980 yards. But it’s the rushing attack of Tommy Gogolin (1,643 yards) and Rocco Alfieri (1,264 yards) that will challenge the Flyers’ dominance.