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, September 14, 2006

Week 4 Notes

I had to work OT to get these out tonight and I apologize for the skimpy nature of the final couple of games...

No notes on Hopewell-Loudon or N. Baltimore this week they play on Saturday night.

Texarkana, Texas TIGERS vs. Findlay TROJANS
DATELINE: Cincinnati
CONFERENCE: Non-conference
RECORDS: Texarkana 2-0, Findlay 0-3
LAST SEASON: First Meeting
LAST WEEK: Upper Arlington 17, Findlay 10; Texas High 38, Arkansas High 17
NOTABLE: This is the opening game of the Ohio vs. USA Herbstreit Classic … Dave Hanneman will be covering the game at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium for the Courier … The game will also be broadcast on Also see Thursday’s Courier for preview stories on the Herbstreit Classic.

Arlington RED DEVILS at Cory-Rawson HORNETS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Arlington 2-1 overall, 1-1 Blanchard Valley Conference; Cory-Rawson 1-2, 1-1
LAST SEASON: Arlington 28, Cory-Rawson 14
LAST WEEK: Liberty-Benton 35, Arlington 7; Cory-Rawson 28, Leipsic 6
NOTABLE: Arlington leads the all-time series between the two schools 33-23-1 ... Arlington is second in the conference in offense averaging 423.7 yards and 28.0 points per game ... The Red Devils are also the top defensive team inthe BVC allowing just 178.7 yards and 14.0 points per game ... Travis Rettig is second in the conference in scoring with 42 points ... Arlington quarterback Jacob Drerup is 23-of-40 passing for 425 yards with 5 touchdowns and 1 INT ... Cory-Rawson’s Joe Marshall is 12-of-40 passing for 205 yards 2 TDs and 1 INT ... Rettig is also second in rushing for the Red Devils with 379 yards on 57 carries ...Cory-Rawson’s Wagner has 286 yards on 62 carries while Jeremiah Boss-Hummel has 199 yards on 43 carries ... Arlington’s top receivers are Brunswick (7 catches, 114 yards), Richard (3 catches, 109 yards) and Rettig (6 catches, 94 yards) ... Liberty-Benton’s defense held Arlington to 227 total yards while the Eagles piled up 403 yards of offense in last week’s game ... Rettig scored Arlington’s only touchdown last week on a 66-yard run in the second quarter ... Leipsic could muster only 45 total yards against the Hornets’ swarming defense. On the other hand, Cory-Rawson racked up 385 yards including 270 rushing yards on 57 carries in last week’s game ... Boss-Hummel carried the ball 13 times for 109 yards and caught 3 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown for the Hornets last week ... Rettig also leads the BVC with 5 interceptions on defense.

Hardin Northern POLAR BEARS at Arcadia REDSKINS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Hardin Northern 3-0 overall, 2-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; Arcadia 1-2, 0-2
LAST SEASON: Hardin Northern 47, Arcadia 6
LAST WEEK: Hardin Northern 42, McComb 0; Van Buren 25, Arcadia 7
NOTABLE: Hardin Northern leads the series between the two schools 27-13-2 ... Hardin Northern has won 13 straight games in the series and Arcadia has scored just 15 points in that span ... HN continues to chew up yardage on offense as they average 59.0 points and 511.7 yards per game ... Defensively the Polar Bears rank fifth in the conference allowing 15.0 points and 254.3 yards per game ... The Polar Bears are the least penalized team in the BVC with 9 infractions for 69 yards ... Arcadia is giving up 15.3 points per game and is sixth offensively racking up 16.0 points and 269.3 yards per game ... Hardin Northern junior Nathan Bame leads the conference in scoring (80 points, 13 touchdowns) and rushing (598 yards on 74 carries) ... HN quarterback Cory Brunow is 4-of-6 passing for 115 yards and 3 touchdowns and is also averaging 28.5 per kickoff return ... Arcadia quarterback Seth Kirian is 29-of-57 passing for 368 yards with 5 INTs and 3 TDs ... The Redskins have scored just 7 points since beating Danbury 41-14 in Week 1 ... HN’s Travis Bolen has 287 yards on 35 carries while Brunow has 278 yards on 19 carries, an average of 14.6 yards per carry ... Lee Schumaker leads the Redskin rushing effort with 201 yards on 37 carries ... Arcadia’s top receivers are Kirk Ridenour (12 catches, 164 yards) and A.J. Holman (8 catches, 154 yards) ... Riggs has 3 interceptions to lead Arcadia defensively ... Game is at Arcadia’s Kieffer Field ... Hardin Northern has won 13 straight regular season games ... HN held McComb to just 9 plays in the second half which resulted in minus-14 yards last week ... The Bears rolled up 414 yards of offense -- 357 on the ground against the Panthers last week ... Bolen carried the ball 15 times for 133 yards and Bame had 104 yards on 19 totes ...
Arcadia’s Lee Schumaker ran 10 times for 70 yards, including a touchdown from a yard away while Kirk Ridenour grabbed 4 passes for 45 yards to lead the Redskins in last week’s loss to Van Buren.

CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Van Buren 2-1 overall, 1-1 Blanchard Valley Conference; Leipsic 1-2, 1-1
LAST SEASON: Leipsic 35, Van Buren 7
LAST WEEK: Van Buren 25, Arcadia 7; Cory-Rawson 28, Leipsic 6
NOTABLE: Mark Heiman will be covering the game … Leipsic leads the series 24-17-2 … Leipsic did not report stats this week ... Van Buren is second in the conference in defense allowing 15.0 points with 181.3 yards per game ... The Black Knights are fourth in the conference in offense rolling up 27.0 points and 279.7 yards per game ... Van Buren has fumbled the ball away just one time this season ... Van Buren quarterback Adam Greer is 34-of-60 passing for 357 yards 4 TDs and 6 INT ... Greer also has 254 yards rushing on 46 carries with 3 TDs ... Collin Stoffel leads VB’s receiving corps with 10 catches for 165 yards and 1 TD he also has 4 interceptions this season ond defense and has returned one for a touchdown ... Greer rushed for 104 yards on 17 carries and was 7-of-15 passing for 81 yards to lead the Knights in last week’s win over Arcadia ... Stoffel hauled in 4 passes for 45 yards on offense while Mason Watkins led Van Buren on defense by picking off 2 passes ... On the night Leipsic could muster only 45 total yards last week against Cory-Rawson as Nathan Schroeder scored on the first play of the game on an 81 yard run ... Leipsic gave up 385 yards in last week’s loss including 270 rushing yards on 57 carries ... Leipsic has won eight straight in the series against VB.

Vanlue WILDCATS at Liberty-Benton EAGLES
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Vanlue 0-3 overall, 0-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Liberty-Benton 2-1, 2-0
LAST SEASON: Liberty-Benton 73, Vanlue 6
LAST WEEK: Pandora-Gilboa 32, Vanlue 7; Liberty-Benton 35, Arlington 7
NOTABLE: Liberty-Benton leads the all-time series 34-15-1 … Liberty-Benton has won 15 straight in its series with Vanlue ... Liberty-Benton ranks third in the BVC in offense (389.3 yards, 29.7 points per game) while Vanlue is ranked ninth in offense (13.3 points, 190.7 yards) and defense (42.7 points, 392.7 yards per game) ... L-B’s Wyatt Elbin rushed for 201 yards on just 7 carries last week against Arlington and has 305 yards on 57 carries with 6 touchdowns ... L-B freshman quarterback Aaron Craft leads the conference connecting on 37-of-49 passes for 513 yards with 6 TDs and 0 INTs ... Vanlue quarterback Lee is 29-of-55 passing for 348 yards with 3 TDs and 4 INTs ... Craft has 166 yards rushing on 34 carries ... L-B’s Michael Busch leads the league in receiving with 228 yards on 8 catches and 3 touchdowns despite having a broken foot ... Kloepfer leads Vanlue with 11 catches for 164 yards and 3 touchdowns, teammate Arnold had 11 catches for 116 yards ... Brandon Craft has 10 catches for 124 yards and 2 TDs for the Eagles and he also leads the BVC in punting at 42.0 yards per kick ... Liberty-Benton’s defense held Arlington to 227 total yards while the Eagles piled up 403 yards of offense last week ... Vanlue’s Nick Lee threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Josh Kloepfer (7 catches, 124 yards) in last week’s game ... Vanlue committed 7 turnovers in last week’s loss

McComb PANTHERS at Pandora-Gilboa ROCKETS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: McComb 2-1 overall, 1-1 Blanchard Valley Conference; Pandora-Gilboa 2-1, 1-1
LAST SEASON: McComb 38, Pandora-Gilboa 3
LAST WEEK: Hardin Northern 42, McComb 0; Pandora-Gilboa 32, Vanlue 7
NOTABLE: McComb leads the series between the two schools 22-20 … McComb has won four straight against Pandora-Gilboa ... The Rockets have fumbled the ball away 8 times more than any other BVC team and are among the most penalized teams with 18 penalties for 135 yards ... It’s Pandora-Gilboa’s homecoming game this week ... Both teams are evenly matches statistically Pandora-Gilboa ranks 8th in the conference on offense (20.0 points, 252.3 yards per game) while McComb is seventh (24.3 points, 266.0 yards), On defense, McComb is rated sixth (11.0 points 278.0 yards) and the Rockets are seventh (19.7 points, 278.7) ... McComb’s Derrick Hill is 10-10 on PATs, 1-2 in FGs and is tied for third in the BVC in scoring with 37 points ... McComb’s Kevan Westenbarger is 50-of-86 passing for 495 yards 4 TDs and 3 INT ... Eric Luginbill is 27-of-40 passing for 296 yards and 4 touchdowns ... Cory Forney has rushed for 305 yards on 57 carries with 5 touchdowns for the Rockets while teammate Shuey has 14 catches for 142 yards ... Inbody leads McComb with 14 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown ... The Rockets’ Cory Forney had an excellent night running for 144 yards on 22 carries and 3 touchdowns covering 1, 3 and 8 yards. Forney also caught a pass for 21-yards while Nathan Lee took an interception 82 yards for Pandora-Gilboa’s first score in P-G’s win over Vanlue ... The Panthers (2-1, 1-1) came into last week’s game averaging 353 yards per game with Westenbarger having thrown for 498 yards. But Westenbarger was held to 91 passing yards and the Panthers had minus-one yard rushing last week in the loss to Hardin Northern.

Fostoria St. Wendelin MOHAWKS at Carey BLUE DEVILS
CONFERENCE: Midland Athletic League
RECORDS: Fostoria St. Wendelin 2-1 overall, 0-0 Midland Athletic League; Carey 1-2, 0-0
LAST WEEK: Fostoria St. Wendelin 27, Danbury 14; Carey 30, Sidney Lehman 22, OT
NOTABLE: Last week, St. Wendelin Tim Luchini ran over and through the Lakers’ defense for 227 yards and three touchdown on 19 carries as the Mohawks posted their second straight win one week after snapping a 24-game losing streak ... St. Wendelin also got an 11-yard TD pass from Levi Smith to Dan Faber ... Game is at C.D. Wentling Field and is the MAL opener for both teams ... Carey scored in overtime to knock off Sidney Lehman 30-22 to give Carey head coach Todd Worst his first career coaching victory at his alma mater ... The Blue Devils racked up 220 yards on the ground as Graham Moore led the way with 74 yards on 16 carries. Zach Orians was 5-of-10 passing for 92 yards for the Blue Devils ... Carey leads the MAL in rushing offense at 257.3 yards per game ... St. Wendelin is the top MAL defensive team giving up 205.7 yards per game ... The Mohawks’ Tim Luchini has 274 yards rushing on 31 carries ... Mike Geisey has 232 yards rushing on 53 carries to lead the Blue Devils rushing attack ... Derek Stock (36 carries, 166 yards), Zach Orians (27, 141) and Bo Wright (22, 104) all have more than 100 yards rushing ... Zach Orians is 11-of-20 passing for 143 yards 1 TD and 2 INT for Carey ... St. Wendelin’s Levi Smith is 13-of-34 passing for 105 yards with a touchdowns and 2 INTs ... Carey leads the all-time series 15-12 ...

Crestline BULLDOGS over Riverdale FALCONS
DATELINE: Mount Blanchard
CONFERENCE: North Central Conference
RECORDS: Crestline 0-3 overall, 0-0 North Central Conference; Riverdale 1-2, 0-0
LAST SEASON: Crestline 49, Riverdale 0
LAST WEEK: South Central 46, Crestline 13; Riverdale 21, Ridgemont 13
NOTABLE: Riverdale scored a pair of touchdowns in less than two minutes of the second quarter to stop Ridgemont 21-13, snapping the Falcons’ 29-game winless streak last week ... The triumph was also the first for first-year Riverdale coach Jeremy Kloepfer ... Shane Rodabaugh, who rushed for 134 yards on 24 carries, opened Riverdale’s scoring at 3:42 of the first quarter on a 25-yard touchdown run, Falcons’ quarterback Josh Frederick hooked up with Cody Camper for touchdown passes covering 14 and 62 yards last week ... Crestline sophomore quarterback Hunter Finnegan has completed 21 of 36 passes for 259 yard ... Crestline did welcome back the return of tailback Quentin Reeves, who rushed for 109 yards in the loss to South Central last week ... The Bulldogs’ Andy Sieving has caught 16 passes for 313 yards and three scores, while adding 241 rushing yards ... Crestline is giving up 35 points per game on defense ... Game is at D. Ray Baum Field and is Riverdale’s third straight home game ... Game is the NCC opener for both teams ...

Galion TIGERS at Fostoria Senior REDMEN
DATELINE: Fostoria
CONFERENCE: Northern Ohio League
RECORDS: Galion 1-2 overall, 0-0 Northern Ohio League; Fostoria Senior 1-2, 0-0
LAST SEASON: Fostoria Senior 21, Galion 0
LAST WEEK: Bucyrus 44, Galion 12; Toledo Whitmer 49, Fostoria Senior 35
NOTABLE: The game is at Fostoria Memorial Stadium and is the NOL opener for both teams ... Fostoria’s Micah Hyde has rushed for 223 yards on 47 carries and is 42-of-70 passing for 779 ... Teammate Chase Munoz leads the NOL in receiving with 24 catches for 484 yards ... Stephen Roberts is second in the NOL in tackles with 41 ... Galion quarterback Tyler Agin is 33-of-61 passing for 451 yards ... Galion has dropped 29 straight NOL football games .,.. Fostoria’s offense is averaging 30 points per game but its defense is giving up 31.0 points per contest ... The Tigers are allowing an average of 32.3 points per game ... The Redmen lead the series with Galion that started in 1923 4-0 ...

Upper Sandusky RAMS at Bellevue REDMEN
DATELINE: Bellevue
CONFERENCE: Northern Ohio League
RECORDS: Upper Sandusky 2-1 overall, 0-0 Northern Ohio League; Bellevue 2-1, 0-0 LAST SEASON: Bellevue 55, Upper Sandusky 13 LAST WEEK: Wynford 21, Upper Sandusky 18; Bellevue 19, Clyde 10
NOTABLE: Bellevue leads the all-time series 42-23-1 ... Upper Sandusky quarterback Alex Falk has rushed for 286 yards on 42 carries and is 24 of 50 passing for 364 yards ... Ryan Burka leads Upper Sandusky’s receiving corps with 11 catches for 210 yards ... Bellevue’s Derrick Berberick leads the NOL is rushing foir 637 yards on 87 carries ... Jordan Manlet leads Bellevue with 8 catches for 156 yards as quarterback Jeff DeBlase is 24-of-48 passing for 398 yards ... Alex Falk was 8-of-16 passing for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns and added 89 rushing yards on 15 carries for Upper Sandusky in last week’s loss to Wynford.

Bluffton PIRATES at Convoy Crestview KNIGHTS
CONFERENCE: Northwest Conference
RECORDS: Bluffton 2-1 overall, 0-1 Northwest Conference; Convoy Crestview 2-1 overall, 0-1 NWC
LAST SEASON: Bluffton 36, Convoy Crestview 7
LAST WEEK: Delphos Jefferson 20, Bluffton 19; Convoy Crestview 21, Wayne Trace 6
NOTABLE: Battle between two of the three defending NWC champs a loss would likely drop the loser out of the league race ... Josh Falk ran the ball 8 times for 101 yards while Kory Place was 21-of-34 for 196 yards and two touchdowns with 2 interceptions for Bluffton in last week’s loss ... Bluffton has not lost to Crestview since bringing back football ...

Lima Central Catholic THUNDERBIRDS at Columbus Grove BULLDOGS
DATELINE: Columbus Grove
CONFERENCE: Northwest Conference
RECORDS: Lima Central Catholic 3-0 overall, 2-0 Northwest Conference; Columbus Grove 0-3, 0-2
LAST SEASON: Lima C.C. 20, Columbus Grove 7
LAST WEEK: Ada 45, Columbus Grove 14; Lima Central Catholic 57, Paulding 12
NOTABLE: LCC’s Chris O’Brien has rushed for 424 yards on 53 carries ... LCC quarterback Geoff Bowers is 19-of-38 passing for 286 yards and 2 touchdowns ... Zac Dysert threw for 463 yards and keyed a 21-point third quarter as Ada raced away from Columbus Grove last week … The win was the first Ada (2-1, 2-0 NWC) victory over Columbus Grove, the defending conference tri-champions, since 1996. Grove (0-3, 0-2), which managed just 137 total yards, had a 7-0 lead on Jeremy Harnishfeger’s 27-yard run and Eric Maag hooked up with Logan Rieman on a 25-yard scoring pass.

Ada BULLDOGS at Upper Scioto Valley RAMS
CONFERENCE: Non-conference
RECORDS: Ada 2-1, Upper Scioto Valley 2-0
LAST SEASON: Didn’t play
LAST WEEK: Ada 45, Columbus Grove 14; Upper Scioto Valley 40, Marion Catholic 14
NOTABLE: Ada’s Jeff Wolber has 29 carries for 195 yards ... Ada quarterback Zac Dysert is 108-of-157 passing for 1,386 yards and 10 touchdowns ... The Bulldogs’ top receivers are Kyle Baker (28 catches, 516 yards, 4 TDs), Heath Jackson (38, 371, 1) and Ron Gryzbowski (9, 169, 2) ... O’Brien has rushed for 424 yards on 53 carries ... LCC quarterback Geoff Bowers is 19-of-38 passing for 286 yards and 2 touchdowns ... Zac Dysert threw for 463 yards and keyed a 21-point third quarter as Ada raced away from Columbus Grove last week … The win was the first Ada (2-1, 2-0 NWC) victory over Columbus Grove, the defending conference tri-champions, since 1996.
Although he didn’t score, Heath Jackson was Dysert’s favorite target last week with 16 catches for 177 yards receiving. Vermillion grabbed 5 passes for 121 yards and Kyle Baker had 4 catches for 124 yards.

Liberty Center TIGERS at Patrick Henry PATRIOTS
CONFERENCE: Northwest Ohio Athletic League
RECORDS: Liberty Center 1-2 overall, 0-2 Northwest Ohio Athletic League; Patrick Henry 3-0, 2-0
LAST SEASON: Patrick Henry 55, Liberty Center 21
LAST WEEK: Evergreen 40, Liberty Center 21; Patrick Henry 56, Montpelier 15
NOTABLE: Great yearly battle between Henry County rivals ... The Patriots have won or shared the last four NWOAL titles and are the defending Division V state champs ...

Elmwood ROYALS at Lake FLYERS
DATELINE: Millbury
CONFERENCE: Suburban Lakes League
RECORDS: Elmwood 2-1 overall, 0-0 Suburban Lakes League; Lake 0-3, 0-0
LAST SEASON: Elmwood 42, Lake 41
LAST WEEK: Elmwood 61, North Baltimore 7; Rossford 25, Lake 12
NOTABLE: Elmwood’s defense has allowed just 30 points this season … The Royals are the defending SLL champs …

Elida BULLDOGS at Ottawa-Glandorf TITANS
CONFERENCE: Western Buckeye League
RECORDS: Elida 0-3, 0-2; Ottawa-Glandorf 1-2, 0-2
LAST SEASON: Ottawa-Glandorf 35, Elida 13
LAST WEEK: Kenton 47, Elida 6; Wapakoneta 7, Ottawa-Glandorf 0
NOTABLE: Elida’s Josh May has rushed for 185 yards on 34 carries ... OG’s offense has struggled since a week 1 win against Fostoria as the Titans have scored just 3 points in their last two games combined.


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