The Zanesville Blue Devils had their fair share of ups and downs during the regular season, but the only direction this team has trended in the playoffs is up. WHIZ's Pat Chiesa examines how the Blue Devils have been able to step their game up when it matters most.
Zanesville football has never made it to a state championship, but the Blue Devils are one win away from doing just that. WHIZ's Pat Chiesa caught up with some of the team to preview Friday's showdown with Archbishop Hoban.
The Blue Devils now know who and where they'll be playing in the Division III state semifinal this Friday. Zanesville (12-1) is set to meet Archbishop Hoban (12-1) at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon. Kickoff is slated for 7:30.
The Blue Devils punched a ticket to their second final four in three years by dispatching Jackson, 38-21, last Friday. Senior running back Leo Crosby rumbled for 291 yards and four scores in the win. Zanesville also earned playoff wins over Beechcroft and...
Zanesville running back Leo Crosby rumbled for 291 yards and four touchdowns to help lift Zanesville (12-1) past Jackson (11-2), 38-21, at R. Basil Rutter Field in Athens. The Blue Devils earned their second trip to the state final four in three years with the win, and will be back in action next Friday with a trip to The Shoe on the line.
The semifinal pairings will be announced by the OHSAA on Sunday.
The Zanesville Blue Devils are playing for the regional championship and a trip to the state final four tonight in Athens. Pat Chiesa catches up with district co-defensive player of the year Leo Crosby and head coach Chad Grandstaff to talk about expectations and the Jackson Ironmen.
The 2015 Zanesville Blue Devils are one of just 11 teams in school history to win 9 or more games. But this year's bunch isn't content with just making the playoffs. Their focus is on making a deep run.
Paced by Jace Ruggerio, the Zanesville Blue Devils fired a team score of 331 to capture the district title at Crown Hill Golf Club. The Blue Devils finished seven strokes better than Warren (338) and eight strokes better than Marietta (339).
Ruggerio fired an 80--good enough for second place individually--while J.J. Burns and Nolan Kimberly both shot 83. Zanesville will next be in action at the state championship at The Ohio State University's Scarlet Course on Oct. 23-24.