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Blade high school football coverage: 9/30

09/30/2017, 1:00am EDT

Whitmer snaps Central Catholic's TRAC winning streak; Wauseon knocks off Liberty Center

Whitmer's Josh Close celebrates one of his two touchdowns against Central Catholic. The Panthers beat Central Catholic, 21-14. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH

Whitmer snaps Central Catholic’s TRAC winning streak, 21-14

At long last — 1,799 days to be exact — Whitmer can again celebrate a Three Rivers Athletic Conference football victory against Central Catholic.

The Panthers snapped Central’s 30-game TRAC winning streak Friday night, taking a 21-14 victory against the host Fighting Irish before an estimated standing-room-only crowd of 8,300 at Gallagher Stadium.

“We said, ‘Why not us, and why not now?’ ” second-year Whitmer head coach Ken Winters said. “The players wanted it. They were hungry, and it showed tonight. FULL STORY ■ IN PICTURES ■ VIDEO

Wauseon hands Liberty Center its first loss

LIBERTY CENTER — Wauseon went into hostile territory and prevailed in a physical tussle with Liberty Center as the Indians took a well-earned 35-24 road win Friday night.

With 1:20 left, Wauseon senior linebacker Matt Malone read a screen pass perfectly, intercepted the ball, and returned it 38 yards for the decisive touchdown.

Wauseon (5-1 overall) improved to 2-1 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League. The Indians handed Liberty Center (5-1, 1-1) its first loss. FULL STORY ■ IN PICTURES

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Wauseon's Garrett Smith, from left, Owen Newlove, and Cam Sauber celebrate Friday's win over Liberty Center. THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH

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