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Monroeville at Margaretta will start Saturday

By BOB ZOELLNER • Updated Sep 13, 2019 at 10:57 PM

CASTALIA — The Duck Pond was a beehive of activity last night as Margaretta welcomed the Monroeville Eagles to their homecoming party.

Unfortunately, the party eventually got postponed until 10 a.m. today.

About an hour before the scheduled kickoff, the inclement weather rolled in, including lightning, which delayed the start. After a lot of rain, the teams finally got to warm up before the lightning came again, necessitating another 30-minute delay. The homecoming festivities began, including naming of the king and queen courts, with Miranda Cruz crowned queen and Spencer Flick crowned king.

Shortly after that ended, lightning once again made its appearance, with the game finally being called and moved back to today.

Margaretta will be looking to dent the scoreboard a little more often after scoring just 18 points in its first two games. The Polar Bears have been held scoreless in six of eight quarters played on the young season. Last week, after a slim 12-7 halftime lead against Western Reserve, Margaretta was outscored 22-0 in the second half to fall to 0-2.

Monroeville, after an opening week loss to Tiffin Calvert, is looking for its second win in a row after a 41-0 home win over Portsmouth Notre Dame last week. It then takes to the road to start Firelands Conference play at South Central Friday.

The Eagles, with a lack of depth due to just 28 players on its roster and even less in uniform, including 13 sophomores and freshmen, will need the most out of their starters against a hungry Bear team.

Margaretta, which got 344 yards passing from Spencer Michel in last week's 29-12 setback to Western Reserve, might find success through the air again, especially if the field remains wet, but the Polar Bears will need to establish some sort of running game to keep the Eagle defense honest.

The Bears will also be looking to even the series with Monroeville, which owns a 3-2 record in the recently established rivalry.

They will be looking to avenge last year's 46-16 Monroeville victory before heading to Danbury Friday night in another non-conference contest.

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