High-powered offenses collide: West Branch & Ursuline discuss Saturday’s playoff matchup

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Both teams are averaging over 34 points per game in what's set to be a marquee matchup in the Division IV, Region 13 quarterfinals

BELOIT, Ohio (WKBN) – The West Branch and Ursuline football teams will meet for the first time ever Saturday in what’s setting up to be a marquee matchup in Division IV, Region 13.

The Warriors enter as the three-seed and undefeated, while Ursuline has won four of their last five games coming in.

Both offenses are potent, averaging over 34 points per game, in what’s set to be a high-scoring showdown Saturday night in Beloit.

“We’re excited to play a team that we haven’t played before and I see a really good football team in West Branch with a very, very talented quarterback and receiving corps and a good running back,” said Dan Reardon, Ursuline head coach. “They’ve scored a ton of points so we have our work cut out for us with them.”

West Branch is coming off a 43-13 win over East Liverpool last week, while Ursuline defeated Cleveland Villa Angela St. Joseph, 47-21, to advance to the Regional Quarterfinals for the first time since 2015.

“Just from watching them on film and so forth, they’re a lot like we are schematically, offensively,” said Ken Harris, West Branch head coach. “We’re going to have to play a really good football game, we’re going to have to have a really good week at practice. We hope to just have some fun Saturday night, that’s what it’s about right now.”

Watch the full interviews with Coach Reardon as well as Rhyan Pegues and Jakylan Irving. For West Branch, hear more from Coach Harris as well as Brock Hillyer and Steven Marra.

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