Jason Ziegler and his group of football players expect to win.
High school all-star games usually offer little incentive for a victory. But make no mistake. The Sandusky Bay Conference wants badly to beat the Suburban Lakes League in their all-star football game on Monday night.
"I talked to the guys and they get this is the last time the SBC plays the SLL, and that this is something very special," Ziegler said Wednesday afternoon at a practice session. "These kids have the attitude they're going to go out there and really destroy those guys.
"And the coaches have the same attitude."
Perkins running back Richard Hohler, Ziegler's leading rusher last fall for the Pirates, summarized the attitude this group will carry into Monday's game.
"It's taking pride in the conference and showing we've got some good teams," Hohler said. "You want to win everything you can. None of us want to lose. We're stubborn and somewhat cocky."
The SLL has won two of the last three games, including a 22-12 win in Genoa last year in which SLL pounded the ball on the ground.
The SBC, 7-3 in the series, rallied in the 2009 game from a 14-6 deficit at halftime to win 18-14 at Clyde High School.
Lakota and Gibsonburg are on their way out of the SLL. Fostoria, which left the Northern Ohio League, and Rossford will join the remaining SLL teams to form the Northern Buckeye Conference. The NBC said it will play in an area all-star game. The SBC has not made a decision on future all-star games.
The game kicks of at 7:30 p.m. Monday night at Huron Memorial Stadium, and has players from seven of the conference's eight schools on the roster.