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Clash of the Titans

Amherst and Avon Lake renew their storied rivalry.

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High school football action: Amherst Comets take on the Avon Lake Shoremen Friday.
  • High school football action: Amherst Comets take on the Avon Lake Shoremen Friday.

FRI 10/17

Robert Boynton couldn't care less if his Amherst Comets football squad is considered an underdog in Friday's game against longtime rival Avon Lake. "I would assume Avon Lake would be the favorite, but we always like that," says Boynton, who coached the team in the late '70s and is now the school district's superintendent.

The rivalry dates to 1986, when Amherst joined the Southwestern Conference. Throughout the years, SWC titles have frequently come down to the late-season duel between the two schools, and this year is no different. The Shoreman enter the game a perfect 8-0; Amherst (7-1) is also unbeaten in conference play, and both schools are ranked among the top five in the state's Division II regional rankings.

"It's always a tough game, no matter what the records are," Boynton says. Ask him for a prediction for this week, and Boynton turns cryptic. "We'll show up," he says. They always do. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. at Marion L. Steele High School, 450 Washington Street in Amherst. Tickets are $5. Call 440-988-4433 for more information. -- Cris Glaser

Canoe'dling
The Metroparks cuddle up to our fur-trader roots.

10/18-10/19

The Cleveland Metroparks' Voyageur Canoe Paddle lets you live the life of the fur traders who navigated local rivers a couple of centuries ago. It also provides the chance to paddle 34-foot canoes. "We'll unveil the life of the voyager by telling the history of the fur trade from within the canoe," explains Foster Brown, the naturalist who leads the program. "We stop on occasion and talk about the day-to-day life of these hardworking men. But we won't make you work too hard." It takes place at 11 a.m. and 12:30, 2, and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Hinckley Lake Boathouse (at Hinckley Reservation on West Drive, between Bellus and State roads, in Hinckley Township). Admission is $3 to $5. Call 440-248-2326 to register and for more information. -- Diane Sofranec

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