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Top stories of 2012: After 20 years, Rockets return to playoffs in football

by Frank Aceto Associate Sports Editor Published: January 2, 2013 12:00 AM
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Not one member of the Streetsboro football team was born yet when it happened.

The year was 1992 when Grunge music took the world by storm and the Dallas Cowboys' dynasty was just starting to round into form.

That also happened to be the year the Rockets last made the playoffs.

Fortunately, Streetsboro fans won't have to go back that far anymore.

The Rockets ended a 20-year hiatus by reaching the Division IV playoffs in 2012. Streetsboro finished 7-4 overall after losing a 48-35 decision to Youngstown Liberty in a Division IV, Region 13 quarterfinal game.

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The Rockets were led by senior All-Ohio defensive back Dorian Williams, who was named the Associated Press Northeast Inland District IV Defensive Player of the Year. Williams finished with 72 tackles, six interceptions and two sacks.

On offense, Williams was just as stellar.

He rushed for 1,981 yards and 23 touchdowns for Streetsboro. Senior offensive lineman Sam Creque and senior quarterback/linebacker Brandon Gency received special mention to the All-Ohio team.

On last spring's track and field teams, several competitors had memorable seasons.

Alex Todd, who is now a member of the Indiana University football team, finished third in the shot put at the Division II state track and field meet. Mercedes Oliver, a 2012 Streetsboro graduate, also qualified for the state meet in the discus throw for the second year in a row.

The Rockets are expected to have a state qualifier back on the track this spring.

Destiny King, a junior, finished 12th in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2012 state meet.

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