Dreams came true for Huron football, but the very real challenges have just begun.
Following a 14-0 victory over Perkins in Week 7, Tigers coach Tony Legando said that he didn't mind if his team dreamed about making the playoffs as long as they understood that it takes hard work.
With two quality wins over the final three weeks of the regular season, Huron earned its first playoff berth since 2008.
In the first round, the Tigers drew the Elyria Catholic Panthers, an opponent with whom they have a history.
The Panthers and Tigers have met twice before in the playoffs. In 1976, Huron fell in its first postseason appearance to Elyria Catholic, 14-0. The Tigers upset a favored Panthers team in the second round of the playoffs in 1992, 24-23. The Tigers (7-4) overcame a 17-7 halftime deficit in the game.
"I remember going into that one as they were touted as one of the best defenses in the state, so things have kind of come full circle for them," Legando said. He was in his fifth year as the Tigers' head coach at the time. None of his current players had celebrated their first birthday.
For the rest of this story, see Fandy.com Magazine in Thursday's Sandusky Register and Norwalk Reflector.