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Perrysburg to be ready for Central Catholic, coach, players say

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Perrysburg head coach Matt Kregel says his team will be ready for Central Catholic on Friday.

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Last year Central Catholic football team went 14-1, winning the Division II Ohio high school state championship and also beat Perrysburg 35-7.

But the Yellow Jackets aren't phased with Central Catholic's 3-0 record this year, the fact its quarterback DeShone Kizer is going to Notre Dame, or the school's trophy case.

"I'm excited to play them, but they are just high school kids like us," said Kadin Llewellyn, running back and defensive end for Perrysburg. "Anyone can beat anyone on any given day."

With Perrysburg coming off of a 50-13 victory, the team has plenty of momentum riding into Friday's game at Central Catholic at 7 p.m. Llewellyn said his team is finally on the right track and they are going to keep rolling.

Last year, even though the final score appeared to be a blowout, Perrysburg head coach Matt Kregel said it was a close 14-7 game at halftime. He said that, until Whitmer knocked of Central Catholic last year, Perrysburg gave Central Catholic its best game.

"They won the state title last year. It is basically the same team [it was] a year ago from what I can see on film," Kregel said. "They have big linemen and a quarterback going to Notre Dame next year. They know they are big and fast and we just have to match their intensity and be good enough to withstand them and win it in the fourth quarter."

One big difference between the two teams is depth. Kregel said Central Catholic rarely has a player that plays the entire game on offense and defense, while most of Perrysburg's starters do.

"It's who we are, that is our personnel," he said. "We condition for it."

Last year it was the second half where Central Catholic pulled away, Perrysburg will have to have fresh legs in the fourth quarter.

Added Gus Dimmerling, Perrysburg's quarterback and safety: "We gotta stay hydrated this week and our second string has to know what we're doing and keep the intensity when they come in so we can get a break,"

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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