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.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Game Day Notes...Week 2

Here are your game day notes for Week 2

Findlay TROJANS at Dublin Coffman SHAMROCKS
CONFERENCE: Non-conference
RECORDS: Findlay 0-1, Dublin Coffman 0-1
LAST SEASON: Findlay nipped the Shamrocks 14-12
LAST WEEK: Findlay fell to Toledo St. John’s 24-16, Troy topped Dublin 16-13
NOTABLE: Dave Hanneman is covering this game at Rocks Stadium … FHS coach Mark Ritzler is looking for his first win as head coach … In 10 meetings with Dublin Coffman Findlay’s only win in the series came last year … This is the last meeting in the series between these two schools … Zak Kristan completed 16 of 37 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns for Dublin Coffman in last week’s loss … Troy returned a kickoff return 92 yards for a touchdown last week against the Rocks … Findlay led last week’s game 3-0 into the third quarter before St. John’s wore them down and scored 24 second half points … Findlay quarterback Chris Schneider was 16-of-30 passing for 147 yards last week.

Arlington RED DEVILS at Pandora-Gilboa ROCKETS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Arlington 1-0 overall, 0-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; Pandora-Gilboa 1-0, 0-0
LAST SEASON: The Red Devils stopped the Rockets 39-14
LAST WEEK: Arlington crushed Riverdale 52-0; Pandora-Gilboa slipped past Columbus Grove 28-27
NOTABLE: Pandora-Gilboa picked up a stunning victory in coach B.J. Queen’s debut as head coach last week against Columbus Grove … The Rockets matched their win total of a year ago as they were just 1-9 in 2005 … The Rockets blocked CG’s PAT kick in overtime last week to hang on to the victory … Cory Forney led Pandora-Gilboa’s ground effort with 129 yards on 28 carries while Ethan Luginbuhl connected on 10-of-15 passes for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns last week … Arlington is coming off an 8-2 season, which allowed them to finish third in the BVC as they just missed a playoff berth … Arlington junior Travis Rettig ran for 135 yards, scored 3 touchdowns and recorded 4 interceptions in last week’s win … The Red Devils piled up 585 yards of total offense, including 349 on the ground. The Red Devil defense allowed Riverdale just 67 net yards while intercepting six passes … Arlington leads the series with Pandora-Gilboa 27-13 …

Leipsic VIKINGS at Arcadia REDSKINS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Leipsic 0-1 overall, 0-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; Arcadia 1-0, 0-0
LAST SEASON: Leipsic outgunned the Redskins 40-24
LAST WEEK: Patrick Henry swamped Leipsic 41-0 while Arcadia cruised to a 41-14 win over Danbury
NOTABLE: Leipsic is coming off a loss to Division V defending state champion Patrick Henry in its opener … Game is at Arcadia’s Keiffer Field … The Redskins got an easy win over Danbury in their first game with Coach Joe Kirkendall as head coach … Arcadia quarterback Seth Kirian was 7-of-11 passing for 141 yards and 3 scores while carrying the ball 11 times for 71 yards rushing last week … The Skins A.J. Holman caught 3 passes for 78 yards and one touchdown … Patrick Henry outrushed the Vikings 317 to 113 with the bulk of Leipsic’s ground game provided by Ryan Morin who carried 14 times for 91 yards in last week’s contest … Leipsic allowed 3 first quarter touchdowns in last week’s game … Leipsic leads the series with Arcadia 30-14

Liberty-Benton EAGLES at Cory-Rawson HORNETS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Liberty-Benton 0-1 overall, 0-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; Cory-Rawson 0-1, 0-0
LAST SEASON: The Eagles downed the Hornets 29-10
LAST WEEK: Mohawk edged Liberty-Benton in overtime 20-13, Cory-Rawson fell to Bluffton 25-22
NOTABLE: Tough losses for both ball clubs last week … The Eagles were facing a fourth-and-goal at the 6-inch line when freshman quarterback Aaron Craft was pushed back by Mohawk’s defense on the final play in overtime … Cory-Rawson had a chance to beat Bluffton but a 14-yard pass into the endzone fell incomplete as time expired … Craft had a nice debut for the Eagles completing 18 of 26 passes for 130 yards. He also ran for 92 yards. Elbin had 98 yards on the ground for the Eagles, who lost four fumbles in the game … C-R quarterback Joe Marshall was 6-of-17 passing for 93 yards … The Hornets’ Andy Wagner had a big night on the ground rushing for 101 yards on 21 carries while teammate Jeremiah Boss-Hummel scored 3 touchdowns … Cory-Rawson leads the series with L-B 40-9-2 …

CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Van Buren 1-0 overall, 0-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; McComb 1-0, 0-0
LAST SEASON: McComb knocked out the Knights 39-20.
LAST WEEK: Van Buren spanked St. Wendelin 42-0, McComb blanked Tiffin Calvert 35-0
NOTABLE: Van Buren rolled up a 35-0 halftime lead against St. Wendelin last week … St. Wendelin could only muster 5 first downs and 47 total yards of offense against the Knights. Van Buren on the other hand had 16 first downs and 262 yards of total offense … Sophomore Kevan Westenbarger had a sensational debut as McComb’s quarterback against Calvert. He was 22 of 38 passing for 332 yards and 3 touchdowns … McComb’s Derrick Hill rushed for 83 yards on 12 carries … McComb netted 448 yards of total offense, while holding Calvert to 182 … Game is at McComb’s Doc Miller Field ... McComb leads the all-time series 47-22-5

Vanlue WILDCATS at Hardin Northern POLAR BEARS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Vanlue 0-1 overall, 0-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; Hardin Northern 1-0, 0-0
LAST SEASON: Hardin Northern thumped Vanlue 62-7
LAST WEEK: Vanlue dropped a tough 28-26 decision to Waynesfield-Goshen while Hardin Northern rolled past Ada 67-38
NOTABLE: Offense, Hardin Northern had plenty of it in last week’s win … The Polar Bears Nathan Bame, an all-Ohio track sprinter rushed for a school record 315 yards on 32 carries last week … HN teammate and QB Cory Brunow added 149-yards rushing on just 8 carries. He scored on runs of 63 and 15 yards and added a 59-yard touchdown pass to Cody Price and a 27-yard scoring strike to Brock Crist … The Polar Bears did allow 518 yards passing to Ada quarterback Zac Dysert in the victory … Ada and Hardin Northern combined for 1,224 yards and 16 touchdowns (10 in the first half) in last week’s game … Vanlue’s Nick Lee was sacked in the endzone for a saftey with 1:14 left giving Waynesfield, a 2005 playoff team, the victory. Lee scored on runs of 61 and 9 yards in the contest … Vanlue’s Todd Richards is seeking his first head coaching victory … Hardin Northern leads the series with Vanlue 35-4-2 … Vanlue’s last win over Hardin Northern was a 14-12 win back in 1982 … The Polar Bears have scored at least 54 points against the Wildcats every year since 1994 except in 1997 when they won 34-0

Ada BULLDOGS at Spencerville BEARCATS
DATELINE: Spencerville
CONFERENCE: Northwest Conference
RECORDS: Ada 0-1 overall, 0-0 Northwest Conference; Spencerville 1-0, 0-0
LAST SEASON: The Bearcats got the best of the Bulldogs 34-28
LAST WEEK: Hardin Northern ran roughshod over the Bulldogs 67-38, Spencerville rolled Indian Lake 28-7
NOTABLE: Ada’s quarter back Zac Dysert was 38-of-55 passing for 518 yards with 5 touchdowns in last week’s loss to Hardin Northern ... The Bulldogs and Polar Bears combined for a staggering 1,224 yards of total offense. Hardin Northern rolled up 563 yards rushing and 86 passing while Ada had 518 yards passing and another 57 on the ground ... Dysert connected with Kyle Baker on touchdown passes of 8 and 34 yards. Ron Grzybowski and Nate Vermilion added touchdown catches of 15 and 37 yards from Dysert respectively. Jeff Wolber hauled in a 13-yard scoring pass and added a 2-yard scoring run to complete the scoring for the Bulldogs ... Spencerville’s Isaac Bowers rushed for 160 yards on 20 carries to lead the Bearcats in last week’s win ... The Bearcats outgained the Lakers in total yardage last week 364-212.

Bluffton PIRATES at Lockland PANTHERS
DATELINE: Lockland
CONFERENCE: Non-conference
RECORDS: Bluffton 1-0, Lockland 1-0
LAST SEASON: Didn’t meet.
LAST WEEK: Bluffton stopped Cory-Rawson 25-22; Lockland blanked Williamsburg 27-0
NOTABLE: Bluffton’s Patric Garlock booted a field goal with 2:21 left in the game and the Pirates held on for a 25-22 season-opening win over Cory-Rawson. The Hornets had one last chance to win the contest but a 14-yard pass by quarterback Joe Powell fell incomplete in the end zone as time expired ... Bluffton’s Josh Falk, a 2-time state wrestling champion, rushed for a game-high 123 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown ... Bluffton back up quarterback Tyler Neal, who came into the game in the first half when starter Kory Place went out with an injury, connected for touchdown passes with Andrew Hieronimus (53 yards) and John Guagenti (27 yards) in the third frame ... Neal stepped hit 4-for-10 passes for 111 yards for the Pirates. Hieronimus hauled in 2 passes for 54 yards ... The game is a one-game deal between Lockland and the Pirates the trip is approximately 130 miles ...

Allen East MUSTANGS at Columbus Grove BULLDOGS
DATELINE: Columbus Grove
CONFERENCE: Northwest Conference
RECORDS: Allen East 1-0 overall, 0-0 Northwest Conference; Columbus Grove 0-1, 0-0
LAST SEASON: Columbus Grove blanked the Mustangs 18-0
LAST WEEK: Allen East whipped Lima Bath 35-25; Columbus Grove dropped a 28-27 overtime decision to rival Pandora-Gilboa
NOTABLE: In last week’s overtime loss to Pandora-Gilboa Columbus Grove scored on its overtime possession on Eric Maag’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Logan Rieman. The Rockets blocked the PAT kick to preserve the victory ... The Rockets edged the Bulldogs in total yards 352-340 last week ... Maag was 9-of-24 passing for 147 yards and led the Bulldogs on the ground with 79 yards on 10 carries ... Allen East’s Blaine Schmidt scored 3 touchdowns and Zach Sterling added 2 scores in the Mustangs’ win over Bath last week ... The Mustangs rolled up 350 yards rushing against the WIldcats ... CG shared the NWC crown with Bluffton and Convoy Crestview ...

Patrick Henry PATRIOTS at Swanton BULLDOGS
CONFERENCE: Northwest Ohio Athletic League
RECORDS: Patrick Henry 1-0 overall, 0-0 Northwest Ohio Athletic League; Swanton 1-0, 0-0
LAST SEASON: The Patriots bombed the Bulldogs 48-0
LAST WEEK: Patrick Henry downed Leipsic 41-0; Swanton topped Lake 33-24
NOTABLE: A pair of juniors, Tom Busch and Drew Kuesel, led Patrick Henry to its 30th straight regular-season victory by combining for 246 yards rushing ... Busch rushed 9 times for 122 yards and scored on runs of 51 and 25 yards in a 20-point first quarter ... Kuesel, who registered 124 yards on 11 carries, add scoring runs of 5 and 7 yards in the second half. Patrick Henry outrushed the Vikings 317 to 113 in last week’s game ... Swanton snapped a 20-game losing skid with a win last week over Lake ... Swanton’s Ben Gustafson scored on runs of five and seven yards as the Bulldogs ran for 276 yards and added 76 in the air against Lake ... Swanton allowed 36 yards rushing and 295 passing, including 3 touchdowns ... PH has won or shared the last four NWOAL titles and are the defending Division V state champs ...

Kenton WILDCATS at Ottawa-Glandorf TITANS
CONFERENCE: Western Buckeye League
RECORDS: Kenton 0-1 overall, 0-0 Western Buckeye League; Ottawa-Glandorf 1-0, 0-0
LAST SEASON: Ottawa-Glandorf stopped Kenton 38-10
LAST WEEK: Coldwater downed Kenton 28-7; Ottawa-Glandorf edged Fostoria 21-19
NOTABLE: Ottawa-Glandorf opens its defense of the Western Buckeye League championship it won last season against Kenton ... The Titans’ Jacob Lugo rushed for 120 yards on 20 carries ... O-G quarterback Tyler Closson connected on 7-of-12 passes for 119 yards and hit Jake Maag 4 times for 85 yards and a touchdown ... The Titans were outgained in total yardage 337-332 by the Redmen ... The Titans stopped a Fostoria 2-point coversion try with 1:25 left in the game to preserve the win ... Kenton quarterback Dailyn Campbell was 13-of-32 passing for 197 yards and 5 interceptions in last week’s loss ... Jesse Howard was Kenton’s top receiver with 5 catches for 62 yards ... Howard and Campbell were the players that will be allowed to play football before serving their sentences for a prank with a fake deer that severely injured 2 other teens ... The Wildcats allowed 482 yards of offense to Coldwater last week.

Bowling Green BOBCATS at Fostoria Senior REDMEN
DATELINE: Fostoria
CONFERENCE: Non-conference
RECORDS: Bowling Green 0-1, Fostoria Senior 0-1
LAST SEASON: Bowling Green upset the Redmen 26-22
LAST WEEK: Otsego whipped the Bobcats 47-26; Fostoria Senior fell to Ottawa-Glandorf 21-19
NOTABLE: Fostoria leads the series 58-21-2 and had won 9 straight against the Bobcats up until last year ... Fostoria and Bowling Green have played the most games between each other than any other team that the Redmen play. They first met back in 1903 with Fostoria winning 40-0. They would continue to play nearly every year up until 1983 after which the series was suspended ... Fostoria QB Micah Hyde was 10-of-16 passing for 193 yards and a touchdown and led the team with 95 yards rushing on 15 carries ... The Redmen outgained the Titans in total yards 337-332 in last week’s loss but were stopped on a 2-point conversion try with 1:21 left in a 21-19 loss ... Otsego’s Otsego’s Cody Donald rushed for 355 yards last week against BG ... Zach Akenberger and Adam Crawford tallied two TDs apiece for Bowling Green. Akenberger, who scored on runs of 31 and 61 yards, netted 127 yards for the Bobcats, while Crawford pulled in a 26-yard TD toss and scored on an 82-yard kickoff return ... The Bobcats allowed 498 yards of total offense last week ...

Bucyrus REDMEN at Upper Sandusky RAMS
DATELINE: Upper Sandusky
CONFERENCE: Non-conference
RECORDS: Bucyrus 1-0, Upper Sandusky 1-0
LAST SEASON: Upper Sandusky topped the Redmen 35-28 in overtime
LAST WEEK: Bucyrus edged Ridgedale 27-21 in 3OTs; Upper Sandusky nipped Carey 27-26
NOTABLE: Upper Sandusky quarterback Alex Falk rushed for 2 scores and passed for another in Upper Sandusky’s win last week ... Falk rushed the ball 11 times for 51 yards and 2 scored while Ryan Burka caught 5 passes for 124 yards and 1 score for the Rams ... Ridgedale fullback Bobby Lee rushed for 165 yards in 27 carries and sophomore quarterback Kegan Barlow, playing in his first varsity game, guided the Rockets to 325 yards against Bucyrus ... Bucyrus’ Jon McDaniel led the Redmen with 144 yards in 27 carries in last week’s win.
Carey BLUE DEVILS at Cardinal Stritch CARDINALS
DATELINE: Northwood (Game is at Northwood HS)
CONFERENCE: Non-conference
RECORDS: Carey 0-1, Cardinal Stritch 0-1
LAST SEASON: First meeting.
LAST WEEK: Upper Sandusky nipped Carey 27-26; Fremont St. Joseph dumped the Cardinals 28-20
NOTABLE: Cardinal Stritch lost at St. Joe, 28-20, despite 134 yards passing from Hank Taylor. Carey’s Derek Stock ran for two touchdowns, and Cody Holsinger returned an interception 65 yards for a score in last week’s loss at Wentling Field ... This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools ... Carey’s Todd Worst is looking for his first career coaching victory at his alma mater ... The Cardinals’ kicker is Mary Lynn Hadley, a female soccer player ... The Cardinals defense gave up 398 yards of total offense to St. Joseph last week ...

Danbury LAKERS at North Baltimore TIGERS
DATELINE: North Baltimore
CONFERENCE: Non-conference
RECORDS: Danbury 0-1, North Baltimore 0-1
LAST SEASON: North Baltimore throttled Danbury 58-0
LAST WEEK: Arcadia crushed the Lakers 41-14; Holgate blanked North Baltimore 26-0
NOTABLE: North Baltimore’s Ryan Hite is seeking his first win as head coach and he might get it this week as the Tigers return home to play at Memorial Field ... Holgate scored a touchdown in every quarter in beating NB 26-0 last week ... Cory Herr had a solid outing for North Baltimore as he was 13-of-22 passing for 113 yards and 3 interceptions. He also added 40 yards rushing ...

Lakota RAIDERS at Hopewell-Loudon CHIEFTAINS
CONFERENCE: Non-conference
RECORDS: Lakota 1-0, Hopewell-Loudon 1-0
LAST SEASON: Hopewell-Loudon whipped the Raiders 38-6
LAST WEEK: Hopewell-Loudon beat Elmwood 17-10; Lakota shut out Plymouth 28-0
NOTABLE: Lakota ran for 254 yards and scored a touchdown each quarter in a 28-0 win at Plymouth . Sean Brickner sprinted 72 yards for a touchdown to give the Chieftains the lead, and the defense came up with big stops down the stretch for a 17-10 win over the Royals … The Raiders scored a touchdown in each quarter while limiting the Big Red to 106 yards of total offense to claim the win last week .... Justin Apple, Mason Lowery, Nick Hoffman and Nathan Sattler all scored touchdowns for the Raiders ... Apple finished with 82 yards rushing while Lowery added 80 for Lakota ... Hopewell-Loudon leads the all-time series between the two schools 19-8-2 as thios is their 30th meeting ... Hopewell-Loudon has won 27 straight regular season games ... Brickner rushed for 122 yards on 17 carries in last week’s win for Hopewell-Loudon ...

Port Clinton REDSKINS at Elmwood ROYALS
DATELINE: Bloomdale
CONFERENCE: Non-conference
RECORDS: Port Clinton 0-1, Elmwood 0-1
LAST SEASON: Elmwood beat Port Clinton 28-25
LAST WEEK: Hopewell-Loudon downed Elmwood 17-10; Woodmore whipped Port Clinton 33-6
NOTABLE: Elmwood’s Dusty Brown rushed for 218 yards on 42 carries as the Royals’ spread attack picked up just 42 yards through the air ... The Royals did a great job keeping Hopewell-Loudon in check in last week’s loss giving up just 121 yards rushing and 53 passing ... It’s the second of three straight games against SLL schools to open the season for Port Clinton who plays Genoa next week ... Woodmore picked up 360 yards of total offense last week against the Redskins including 201 through the air ... Port Clinton, which finished with just 104 yards of total offense, scored its lone TD on a 29-yard run by Jarrod Cox ... The Redskins have just 25 players on the roster ...

Fostoria St. Wendelin MOHAWKS at Riverdale FALCONS
DATELINE: Mount Blanchard
CONFERENCE: Non-conference
RECORDS: Fostoria St. Wendelin 0-1, Riverdale 0-1
LAST SEASON: First Meeting
LAST WEEK: Van Buren crushed St. Wendelin 42-0; Arlington racked up a 52-0 victory over Riverdale
NOTABLE: I am covering the game ... See Thursday’s Courier Online Edition for the game preview story


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