CALDWELL - Caldwell High made school history with its first ever football playoff win last Friday night.
Shadyside did the same the following evening by becoming the first Tigers' team to post an 11-0 mark.
At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Josh Perkins-coached Redskins and Mark Holenka-led Tigers will attempt to make more history when they square off against each other in an Ohio Division VII, Region 25 second-round game at New Philadelphia High's Quaker Stadium.
Caldwell team picture
Going into the playoff contest, No. 6-seeded Caldwell owns a 9-2 overall record, while Shadyside is No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll and No. 2 in the region.
"When you get to this level in the playoffs, everybody's good," Perkins said. "We know from watching film that Shadyside is very good. They are after all a state-ranked team."
Caldwell got to the second round by virtue of its dramatic 28-21 upset of Malvern (8-3) - the champions of the Inter-Valley Conference and veterans of 10 postseason appearances, including seven straight showings in the playoffs - last Saturday night.
Five-foot-nine, 180-pound sophomore Bricker Lori provided the drama when on a fourth and two at the Malvern 36-yard line, he took a pitch from 6-foot, 160-pound sophomore quarterback Tanner Clark and ran it to the end zone for the go-ahead and what proved to be the game-winning touchdown with 1:10 remaining in the contest.
"It was there for the taking," Perkins said. "And Brick knew what to do with it. He makes things happen."
CHS never trailed in the game, and actually led 14-0 in the opening stanza. Tanner Baker, Johnny Carpenter, and Clark also scored TDs for the winners from Noble County.
Bricker finished with 116 yards rushing on 18 carries, while Clark gained 98 on 19 attempts. The Caldwell signal caller also completed seven of 13 throws for 140 yards and two scores. Baker had five catches for 85 yards.
Defensively, the Skins were spearheaded by Andrew Minosky and Kameron Rayner, who had 23 and 20 tackles, respectively.
Minosky and Rayner figure to be just as busy against Mark Holenka-coached Shadyside as its Tiger backfield trio combined to rush for 358 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-14 playoff win against Fairfield Christian at Fleming Field last Saturday night.
Austin Dorris, a 6-5, 215-pound junior quarterback, rushed for 107 yards on five carries and two six-pointers. He also hooked up with 6-1, 181-pound junior Scott Hammond for a 21-yard TD strike.
On the season, Dorris has gained 1,142 yards on the ground.
Eric Howell, a 6-3, 220-pound junior, led the Tigers on the ground, gaining 138 yards on 13 totes. On the season, he has 1,005 rushing yards.
Littell, a 5-10, 214-pound senior, chipped in with 113 rushing yards on 16 attempts and two scores. On the season, he has 1,069 rushing yards.
Opening up the holes for Dorris, Howell, and Littell will be linemen Cory Banco, Zach Meadows, Hunter Hammond, Colton Campbell and Levi Spencer.
Caldwell's D gets to pick its poison with Shadyside's three 1,000-yard-plus ballcarriers, but then again Shadyside does, too, in trying to contain Lori and Clark.
It could be a smash-mouth Saturday night in New Philly.
"Even though, it's (New Philadelphia) a neutral site, we haven't lost on the road this season," Perkins said. "We're just going to work hard in practice this week to get ready for Shadyside. and we'll see what happens."