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BREAKING: Sutherland resigns as Medina High football coach

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    Medina head coach Dan Sutherland and Dillon Munoz (8) lead the team to the field against Lakewood through the players and cheerleaders in the youth football program.



Fresh off an historic season that featured an epic come-from-behind victory in the first round of the playoffs, Medina football coach Dan Sutherland abruptly resigned during a Monday afternoon meeting with his players.

The 37-year-old Medina native had a 20-32 record over four seasons, but the Bees had a 9-3 mark and averaged a Medina County-record 43.2 points per game this fall. The Bees also finished second in the Greater Cleveland Conference — their best league finish since taking the 1973 Southwestern Conference — and rallied from a 24-0 deficit to defeat Toledo Whitmer in the playoffs. The season ended with a loss to eventual state semifinalist Olentangy Liberty.

Previously the defensive coordinator under Larry Laird and Ray Hradek, Sutherland went 2-8, 3-7, 2-8 and 4-6 during his first four seasons. The Bees increased their offensive output in each year despite using two run-heavy schemes before taking off with a balanced spread no-huddle.

Medina will head into next season with a new head coach and seeking a second straight winning record for the first time since 2002-03. The Bees graduate a deep senior class led by first-team All-Ohioans Jimmy Daw and tackle Dillon Brauser, but they also will return All-Ohio receiver Dylan Fultz, safety J.T. Scoarste, wide receiver/defensive end Will Mercurio and quarterback Gavin Montgomery, among others.

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