By Pete Mollica
GIRARD — Girard High football coach Bud McSuley says that watching Peninsula Woodridge High on film is like watching his own Indians on offense.
Girard (11-0) and Woodridge (9-2) will meet Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Division IV Region 13 semifinal matchup at Uniontown Lake Blue Streak Stadium.
“They run a spread offense and they’ll both throw and run it at anytime,” McSuley said. “They are a lot like we are on offense.
“They are a good football team that averages over 40 points a game with one running back that has gained over 1,800 yards this year.”
The Indians, who are making their fifth appearance in the postseason but the first since 2002, are coming off an impressive 42-7 win over Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in the opening round.
“Last week was an all-around effort by our kids,” McSuley said. “CVCA was a very young team and our offensive and defensive lines just took control of the game and allowed our skilled kids to make the plays they needed to make.”
Senior quarterback Adam Charles leads the Indians. Last week, he threw for 119 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 79 yards and another score. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has been the team leader all season.
“Adam leads this football team very well and always takes advantage of whatever the defenses gives him,” McSuley said. “He’s also an outstanding running back.
Woodridge, which is in the playoffs for the first time, defeated No. 3-seeded Martins Ferry in the opening round on the road 49-28.
Girard is the No. 2-seeded team and the Bulldogs are No. 6.
Woodridge lost just twice in the regular season. One of them was to Chagrin Falls, the No. 1-rated team in the region. That score was 32-26. The Bulldogs also lost to Rootstown, 34-32.
Their top running back is senior Anthony Kelly who has gained 1,855 yards on 219 carries and scored 22 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Anthony Westren has completed 150 of 235 passes for 2,525 yards and 31 touchdowns and has been intercepted eight times.
“We’ve got to control the line of scrimmage against them,” McSuley said. “We need to tackle well and we need to let our skill people make plays.
“We’ll be playing on artificial turf which we are used to playing on, so we should be ready. This will be a great challenge for our football team.”