A resounding defeat by a senior laden football
Wellington team left a bitter taste with a Midview team of
sophomores and juniors that were destined to become members of two
of the best teams in school history.
Highly motivated, the team finished 10-2, the following
year. They earned a spot in the playoffs and defeated Revere
followed by a loss to a strong Mayfield team. The next year with
twelve returning lettermen and six All County performers including
Dan Rozanski, expectations were great.
A 5’ 11”, 230lb. powerhouse, Dan Rozanski gained 142
yards in eleven carries in a 40-16 win over Westlake. The Middies
continued to dominate opposing teams with the regulars sitting out
most of the 4th quarter. In a 58-6 rout of Avon, he scored on runs
of 11, 55 and 38 yards while gaining 143 yards. The last game of the
season was a 56-0 demolition of arch-rival Wellington; Dan threw a
touchdown pass in that game for one of the highlights of his career.
Undefeated in the regular season, the Middies lost to Wadsworth
42-35 in a game called by many spectators, the best high school game
they had ever seen. Three Middies, including Dan rushed for over 100
yards in that game. Dan
Rozanski received several post season honors including
All State Division II First Team at line backer and was awarded the
Golden Helmet award signifying the best football player in Lorain
County. He gained 932 yards rushing in 92 carries for a 10.1 average
per carry his senior year. Coach Bill Albright best summed up the
impact of his 230lb. fullback, when he said that “when Dan Rozanski
burst through the line in practice, the eyes of the defensive backs
got as big as saucers”, and he subsequently blew the whistle so no
one would get hurt.
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