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Canton comes together as a team after flower pot incident, faces Cass Tech in Division 1 semifinal

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Canton – If it wasn’t for a smashed flower pot Canton just might be where it’s been the last eight years – on the sidelines as spectators for the semifinals.

Instead the Chiefs (10-2) will play Detroit Cass Tech (10-2) on Saturday in a Division 1 semifinal at Troy Athens at 1 p.m. Should Canton get past Cass Tech it would advance to just the program’s second state final.

It was four days since Canton lost to Plymouth, 31-20, dropping the Chiefs to 5-2 on the season with their second consecutive loss. Traditionally, coach Tim Baechler and his wife Julie host a team dinner on Wednesdays and despite the disappointing loss this dinner was expected to be like all of the others.

It wasn’t.

Unbeknownst to Tim Baechler one of his five captains accidentally bumped Julie’s flower pot that sat for years, without being disturbed, on their porch. The dirt and flowers mingled with the broken pieces on the Baechler driveway.  Without saying a word the players walked innocently into the Baechler home, ate dinner and left.

After dinner Tim Baechler walked out and saw the mess. Dumbfounded he went to his wife and asked if she knew about it. Julie said she did and that it was nothing to be concerned about.

“I just blew up,” Tim Baechler said. “They came in, ate dinner and said nothing?”

He was