Only three years into its rekindled rivalry, Indian Lake and Triad’s new series generates a rustic feeling of the days of old.
Former West Central Ohio Conference foes, the two football programs will clash for the third time in as many years on Friday at 7 p.m. for their season opener at Triad High School.
The Lakers rallied to a 40-33 win in 2012. Last season, the Cardinals won 28-7 to set the tone for an eventual 10-0 regular season.
“With both of us having a win, that first game adds to the intensity,” said Indian Lake head coach Dave Coburn. “It almost seems like you’re preparing for a whole year for that first game. You’ve got a lot invested in it, and rightfully so. We’re looking forward to another good meeting with Triad.”
“With Coach Coburn and I being such close friends we are very familiar with each other,” said Triad boss Payton Printz. “Our coaching styles, demeanor, habits, are very familiar. I believe a rivalry was in place when we started playing two years ago at Triad.
“Old WCOC foes love beating one another when they get the chance. It is, as always, going to be a monumental task for our boys to compete with a good Division IV team like Indian Lake.”
Indian Lake graduated a large group of talented seniors. Triad also graduated a number of skill players from a team that reached the Division VII regional final, leaving some new faces to step in for the Cardinals.
“I just want this team to find their own way and leave their own legacy,” said Printz. “If this senior class was to win eight or more games, they will have won more games than any other class before them in Triad football history.”
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