Jefferson still has hopes of a Northwest Conference crown and a playoff berth in Region 18 with a 5-1 mark (including 4-1 in the Northwest Conference; ranked 9th in the region).
Columbus Grove — well out of the playoff picture at 3-3 (1-3 in the NWC) — would like nothing better than to put a huge damper on that hope.
The two rivals meet up Friday night at Stadium Park.
“You look at the three losses Grove has: LCC, Ada and Spencerville and they have two losses between them. What we have seen lately is they have gone back to the things we’ve seen in the past from Grove: running the football and using three guys to mix it up,” Jefferson coach Bub Lindeman explained. “They have a very good quarterback in Collin Grothaus, who can beat you with both his feet and his arm; he is very athletic, so they run a lot of bootlegs. They tried to throw the ball more early on but that didn’t seem to work as well, so they have changed gears. They still have a good-sized line.
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