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SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

North opened the 2017 season with a 47-16 win at Westlake then fell to Revere, 34-0, in Week 2.

The Rangers aren’t going to dwell on the loss and already are looking ahead to their first home game of the season on Fridayagainst visiting Maple Heights (1-1).

Cleveland Browns Gear“We’re just going to file that one away and get to the process and keep working hard and getting better,” said North coach Shawn Dodd. “We made a lot of mistakes last Friday that really cost us. We had five turnovers, so we’ve got to do a better job of protecting the football.”

At Westlake, the Rangers amassed 450 yards of offense, including 317 on the ground. Revere limited North to just 163 yards of offense and eight rushing yards on 18 carries.

“We got beat in every phase of the game,” Dodd said. “I wish there was one area that we could just point at and say, ‘We’ve got to really work at doing this,’ but it’s everything right now We’ve got to work a little bit harder at each phase and focus on the process and look at those mistakes we made and correct those. We’ve got to look back at what we did well in Week 1 and get back to that.”

The Rangers close out the non-conference portion of their schedule at home on Friday against a dangerous Maple Heights team coming off a 47-13 win over Willoughby South.

Mustangs quarterback Hollis Lemon racked up over 400 yards of offense against the Rebels. He rushed for 212 and passed for 188 in leading Maple Heights to its first win of the season.

“They’re athletic,” Dodd said of the Mustangs. “They’ve got enough skill guys that they can hurt you with some speed. They have a wide out that’s pretty big and talented and they’re big up front. They’re talented enough to hurt you in every phase of the game. They’re not just one-dimensional. It will be a good test.”

Dodd didn’t alter the Rangers’ practice schedule for the Labor Day weekend.

“We were in on Saturday to keep our same routine,” he said. “We bring them in and lift them and run them and watch the film. We always preview the next opponents. We like to put the Friday night game behind us and get in the mindset of getting ready for the next opponent right away.”

The Rangers enjoyed a day off on Sunday then hit the practice field on Monday to review the Maple Heights scouting report and the offensive and defensive installs.

On Tuesday, the Rangers raise the intensity and by Thursday the coaching staff hopes to see the game plan come together.

“We focus on one side of the ball per day,” Dodd said. “Tuesday is, ‘Competition Tuesday,’ so we amp up the competition a little bit with some one-on-ones and good versus good in a team setting as best as we can with the depth that we have. It’s all about competition. Thursday is the ‘Perfect Day,’ where everything has to be right or we keep doing it until it’s perfect.”

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