Bombers’ mission continues Friday

The Windham Bombers are on a mission.

After a quick exit from the playoffs in 2016, the Bombers began the 2017 playoff season with a 32-13 victory at home last week over Lisbon. It is just the third playoff win in school history.

Windham now has a tough matchup in a Division VII, Region 25 semifinal as it faces Dalton (11-0), the top seed in the region, Friday night at 7:30 at North Canton Hoover High School. The Bulldogs are coming off a 60-13 win over eighth-seeded Mathews.

“This is all about being able to win a game and move on to the next one,” Windham coach Anthony Maiorca said. “That’s the attitude this team has worked with all year and will continue to.”

Last week, the Bombers (9-2) defeated Lisbon behind a strong rushing attack from Phillip Maiorca and Mason Angle who led the way with 377 combined yards.

“We are a pretty stressful offense to prepare for. Every one of our guys back there like Phil, Mason and (quarterback) Blaze (Angle) can do anything at any time. Both my tailback and fullback ran for almost 1,000 yards while my quarterback threw for nearly 1,500 yards. I’m confident in them,” coach Maiorca said.

On the other side, the Bulldogs have a prolific running game as well. Running back Spencer Horst (5-8, 170, Sr.) will be quite the task for Windham. Horst ran for 1,871 yards and 25 touchdowns during the regular season. He went for 137 yards and two touchdowns against Mathews last week.

Luckily for the Bombers, they are used to playing tough running backs all year, among them Grand Valley’s Eduardo Hernandez and Pymatuning Valley’s Gaige Willis.

“Their offensive line is big. It’s probably the first team that can match up with us across the board. We have a few bigger and so do they. A lot of teams have had trouble tackling against them so we need to watch ourselves so we don’t give up a big play,” Maiorca said.

Windham’s defense has been great all year giving up just 14.7 points per game. Dalton’s defense has given up just 14.7 points per game as well.

“It will be about who wants this game more. Both of our teams fly to the ball. I’m excited for our guys to get a chance to play a team like this. We have been preparing all year for a battle like this,” Maiorca said.