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Bulldogs’ get chance to play at historic venue

Poland will continue its high school football playoff trek at one of the most storied high school venues in the country. The Bulldogs play Licking Valley at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon.

Bulldogs coach Ryan Williams is anxious to see how his team reacts to its trip to Stark County.

“It’s going to be interesting to see the initial response,” Williams said. “There is going to be some level of awe and excitement, but at the same time our kids aren’t going to let it overwhelm them. They fully understand they can’t get wrapped up in the atmosphere. They step out on that field and for them it’s all business.”

Still, Williams said he very much wants his players to “take in the moment” and value the opportunity to play at such an historic stadium.

“I’m a history teacher, I love this sort of stuff,” Williams said. “I want the kids to understand and appreciate just where they’re at and what this all means. They’ve earned the right to take a step back and enjoy the moment.”

Poland won its lone state title on Dec. 3, 1999, at Tiger Stadium.