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North Ridgeville quarterback Mike Mees and his Ranger teammates are hoping to kick off the season with a victory at Westlake this Friday. Photo by Joe Ostrica

North Ridgeville

Football season is here, and the North Ridgeville Rangers will begin their season at 7:30 p.m. Friday when they travel to Westlake to face the Demons.

Rangers head coach Jeff Riesen is confident his team will be tough in the opener, and all season long.

“I don’t make predictions, but I know our players will do their very best to play as a team,” Riesen said. “They will play hard to win.”

Westlake will be a tough opponent. With head coach Mark Campo in his second season, he has worked hard to make his team a strong competitor.

“Westlake is well coached,” Riesen said. “They are in the second year of rebuilding a program with their current coaching staff.”

As has always been the case with the Rangers football team, many players will step up and have big seasons. Riesen is counting on his seniors to make the largest impact this year.

The team’s senior captains are expected to lead the team all season long. Quarterback Mike Mees, linebacker Justin Hobart and split end/free safety Mark Szylakowski are the tri-captains for the team.

“Our team is led by a strong senior class headed by senior captains Mees, Hobart and Szylakowski,” Riesen said.

The Rangers have had lots of success in the past years, and last season was no different. Riesen hopes to see his team build on that success.

Luckily for him, he should have the team that can do it. North Ridgeville’s roster is full of players who will help the team throughout the season.

“Our football team wants to build on the success of last year’s conference championship and state play-off team,” Riesen said.

Riesen knows that his team’s success cannot happen without the support of fans. He hopes that as they continue to put up wins, fans will continue to support the team as they always have.

He’s hoping when the team heads to Westlake, fans will come with them, and they can impress them in the home opener.

“Our team is looking forward to the beginning of the 2010 season,” Riesen said. “Traditionally, our community has always followed and supported our team. We are excited about traveling to Westlake next week and seeing a great group of fans in the stands.”

Not only will the varsity squad be opening their season this week, but the junior varsity and freshman teams will also be starting their regular season. The junior varsity and freshman teams are also expected to have success this year.

The junior varsity team opens its season at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ranger Stadium. The freshman team will play its season opener at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Ranger Stadium.

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