Blanchard River Buzz

A blog for rabid sports fans in the Findlay Area. Maintained by Findlay Courier sports writer Jamie Baker. The opinions expressed are my own crazed ramblings and not those of my employer the Findlay Publishing Company and its subsidiaries.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Countdown to kickoff

It should be an interesting opening weekend for high school football teams around the area.

Scrimmages are nice but there’s nothing like the real thing when games finally start to matter. It’s always interesting around the sports department this time of year for more than 25 year The Courier’s Pigskin Picks have been a weekly tradition in the fall.

You’d be surprised the number of people that read those every week and take them so very seriously. But that is a very good thing because it shows how much interest there is in high school football in this area. In bigger cities and other part of the United States high school football isn’t a big deal but here it’s a very big deal.

Anyway, since my good buddies Dave Hanneman and Mark Heiman hog all of the pigskin picks glory so to speak here are my own picks for week 1.


Arcadia over DANBURY -- I heard the Redskins looked pretty good in their scrimmages. A new coach and new offense may translate into a few more wins this season in RKD.

Bluffton over CORY-RAWSON -- Buster thinks Cory-Rawson fans are in for an enjoyable season. This is a big game for both teams and could be a nailbiter, but as far as making the playoffs go the opener is a must-win for every single BVC team.

HOPEWELL-LOUDON over Elmwood -- This is the game Buster is covering this week. The Chieftains made it to the state semifinals last season, Elmwood returns everyone on offense but star quarterback Al Tyson. But the Royals’ starting quarterback, Thomas Curtis, won’t back at QB this season because of an injury which is a blow to the Royals’ offense.

Fostoria Senior over OTTAWA-GLANDORF -- The Redmen have a lot of talent but O-G coach Ken Shriner always get the most out of his players. This might be the toughest game to pick of all of them.

Hardin Northern over ADA -- How could I pick against Hardin Northern in Week I? Well they haven’t scored with their first team offense in their two scrimmages and Ada has a guy in charge who can coach in Mike Fell and an outstanding quarterback. It could be close.

McComb over TIFFIN CALVERT -- The media picked the Senecas to finish third or fourth in the MAL but I don’t buy it. I’m not sure the Panthers will be in the hunt for a league title either but I think they have enough to win this one.

LIBERTY-BENTON over Mohawk -- This could turn into a great season-opening match up. But I’ll take the Eagles in football and the Warriors in wrestling.

HOLGATE over North Baltimore -- Inexperience, small team in numbers and size. It will be tough for NB to overcome this season even with new coach Ryan Hite’s optimism and enthusiasm.

COLUMBUS GROVE over Pandora-Gilboa -- The Rockets have lost two of their best players by injury and I don’t have any evidence, just a hunch, that it’s going to be a tough year for the Rockets.

Patrick Henry over LEIPSIC -- The train just keeps on rolling for the Patriots. The Vikings won’t be able to keep up offensively in this one.

ARLINGTON over Riverdale -- Riverdale will be looking for a win Week 2 against St. Wendelin and an inexperienced Arlington team needs some success early. I just hope the pregame meal isn’t catered by Terry’s.

FINDLAY over Toledo St. John’s -- I don’t know why. Just a hunch I guess but I think the Trojans come through for a win in Ritz’ debut as head coach.

Upper Sandusky over CAREY -- Yep, Wentling Field will be rocking for this one. It’s going to take awhile for the Blue Devils to get their offense going but who knows what will happen when rivals like these meet.

Van Buren over FOSTORIA ST. WENDELIN -- Greer and company will have their way with the Mohawks. The game will set up a Titanic week 2 battle between the Mohawks and Riverdale Falcons.

WAYNESFIELD-GOSHEN over Vanlue -- The ‘Lue doesn’t have an athlete on the field that can match up with Gray Horn and that will be a problem.


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