Toledo plays Saturday

Toledo’s Marcus Cross demonstrate why he is a leading defender on the title-hungry Toledo Boomer grid squad in this rodeo-style stop against Glide. The Boomers host Lost River in the opening round of state playoffs Saturday at home. Kickoff time is 1 p.m. at Dale Hargett Field (Photo by A.J. Wawrack)

TOLEDO —The regular football season is dead as Latin, according to first-year head coach Jeff Taylor.

“We are now 0-0,” said Taylor to his Toledo football players this week. “Everything that happened in the past is done. Now we have one true game at a time. Our season could be over this weekend.”

Toledo carries a 7-2 record into the OSAA 2A State Playoffs. Though they had a third-place finish in the 3A Sunset League, their early season dominance and ranking as high as No. 1 during a month of the regular season kept them at No. 5 in “Gina” playoff seeding.

“Obviously we weren’t very happy with how the season ended, losing in a fluky game with Bandon on homecoming, then losing in a great battle with Coquille,” explained Taylor. “But we set ourselves up nicely going in as the number five seed. Any team can win this thing, 1-7 or 8, I think.”

The Boomer gridiron gang will host Lost River in their first-round matchup. Lost River was the co-special District 5 league champion and No. 2 seed from SD5. The Raiders brings a tough straight-T, full-house offense and occasionally uses a spread attack with six-six quarterback Aiden McAuliffe and multiple versatile receivers and backs. Lost River runs a 4-4 defensive scheme to stunt opposing offenses.

“This is our time,” said junior Donovan Villanueva, state rushing leader. “We made our mistakes, and I think the coaches have helped us learn our lessons. We cleaned stuff up and now we are ready to make a run!”

Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at Dale Hargett Field.

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