Well it's that time of the year again. The fair has started...school has also begun and Friday night is the first Ross football game of the season.
They begin the season this year as a rematch to last year's season opener...Toledo Central Catholic. We may have a reason to cheer this year. The following is from the messenger.....
Toledo Central Catholic at Ross
OUTLOOK: The Little Giants appear to be as cool as can be entering a new era. "The head coach's attitude carries over to the kids," said first-year boss Derek Kidwell. "We are confident. ... They feel good about themselves and our chances." The Little Giants went 1-9 last year and lost the opener to Central Catholic 33-0, but there is definitely a new atmosphere at Ross. Central Catholic will use a 4-3, cover-2 defense to match up with Ross's spread attack. That could be a mismatch in the Little Giants' favor. Three-year starting quarterback Dan Amato will lead the attack for coach Greg Dempsey, a TCC graduate. The Irish will mostly utilize a power game, with the power-I as their main offensive formation. TCC finished 3-7 last season. "We feel like we are evenly matched with these guys," Kidwell said. "If we don't have any turnovers, we think we'll be OK."
Ok give them the benefit of the doubt? New coach...reconstruction year???
Central Catholic 23
Fremont Ross 0
I was reading the Messenger online today and ran across this article about the Ross football coach.
Kidwell to be disciplined by OHSAA
By NICK MATHEWS
First-year Fremont Ross coach Derek Kidwell seems to have made his first mistake even before his first game.
Kidwell will soon be disciplined by the Ohio High School Athletic Association for illegal practices during the opening week of the season, according to Ross officials.
It is believed that a one-game suspension will likely be the disciplinary action taken.
New OHSAA commissioner Dr. Daniel Ross was to notify Ross athletic director Art Bucci of his decision by letter perhaps as early as this afternoon. The letter, at the latest, should be received by Tuesday.
According to the OHSAA, "four days of acclimation (are) required of all football players. Acclimation simply means getting used to the temperature and humidity during physical activity.
"During the first three days of coaching and practice, players may wear shirts, shorts, helmets and shoes," the rule continues. "Pads are prohibited as well as full-contact drills. On the fourth practice day, full pads may be worn but full-contact continues to be prohibited."
Kidwell's Little Giants wore pads on the opening day of practice, which was Aug. 9.
Kidwell could not be reached for comment.
The OHSAA conducted a brief investigation the week before this past Friday's season opener.
Ross and OHSAA officials discussed the matter the day of the opener. It was decided by OHSAA officials that Kidwell would be allowed to coach until further notice.
That meant he could coach in the opener against Toledo Central Catholic.
The Little Giants fell 23-0 to TCC in Kidwell's debut.
Ross travels to Toledo St. Francis on Friday.
If Kidwell is suspended from his head-coaching duties, his likely temporary replacement will be his offensive line coach and father, Dick.
The elder Kidwell is a coaching legend, having been named to the Ohio Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
During his time as Fostoria's head coach, he went 174-50-3 with two state championships.
He had an overall record of 214-94-4 as a head coach.