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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Week 5 Prep Football Notes

Worthington Kilbourne WOLVES at Findlay TROJANS
CONFERENCE: Non-conference
RECORDS: Worthington Kilbourne 1-4, Findlay 0-5
LAST SEASON: Findlay 44, Worthington Kilbourne 43 OT
LAST WEEK: Texas High 44, Findlay 21; Dublin Scioto 27, Worthington Kilbourne 24
NOTABLE: Dave Hanneman will be covering the game … Findlay is allowing an average of 31.7 points per game … Receiver Jimmy Davidson, who leads the Trojans with 26 catches for 291 yards while Wade Arredondo has 22 catches for 224 yards … Kilbourne was beaten by Division VI Delphos St. John’s in its opener 28-12 … The Wolves are giving up an average of 23 points per game … See Thursday’s Courier online for the preview of this game …

Arcadia REDSKINS at Pandora-Gilboa ROCKETS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Arcadia 1-3 overall, 0-3 Blanchard Valley Conference; Pandora-Gilboa 2-2, 1-2
LAST SEASON: Arcadia 21, Pandora-Gilboa 7
LAST WEEK: Hardin Northern 55, Arcadia 12; McComb 23, Pandora-Gilboa 14
NOTABLE: Arcadia has dropped 3 straight after a 41-14 opening weekend win over Danbury … The Redskins have scored just 19 points over their last three games … Arcadia ranks eighth in the conference in defense allowing 321.5 yards per contest … The Rockets have fumbled the ball away a league high 9 times … Pandora-Gilboa quarterback Ethan Luginbill is 39-64 passing for 420 yards with 2 INTs and 5 Tds … Arcadia’s Seth Kirian is 41-82 passing for 563 yards 5 Tds and 5 INTs … Pandora-Gilboa’s Cory Forney has 396 yards rushing on 71 carries with 5 touchdowns … Lee Schumaker and Mason True lead the Redskin rushing attack with 213 and 115 yards respectively … Arcadia’s A.J. Holman (18 catches, 230 yards, 2 TD) and Kirk Ridenour (10 catches, 227 yards) are Arcadia’s top receivers … Shuey has 18 catches for 175 yards and a TD for the Rockets and is averaging 30.4 yards per kickoff return with a TD … Defensively Riggs has 4 interceptions for Arcadia …Pandora-Gilboa leads the all-time series between the two schools 39-9-1 … McComb outgained P-G 161 to 92 on the ground and 132 to 124 through the air. Luginbill hit 12 of 24 passes last week ... Hardin Northern racked up 596 yards of offense and allowed 303, including 214 through the air against Arcadia’s defense last week ...

Arlington Red Devils at Vanlue WILDCATS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Arlington 2-2 overall, 1-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Vanlue 0-4, 0-3
LAST SEASON: Arlington 53, Vanlue 0
LAST WEEK: Cory-Rawson 17, Arlington 14; Liberty-Benton 70, Vanlue 12
NOTABLE: Arlington has dropped 2 straight after a 2-0 start … Game is at Vanlue’s Hinkle Field … Arlington is third in the conference in offense at 366.2 yards per game and is second in defense at 204.0 yards per contest .. Vanlue ranks ninth in offense 183.8 yards per game and is last on defense allowing 442.8 yards and 49.5 points per game … Arlington ranks second in the conference with 10 interceptions on defense … Arlington’s Travis Rettig is fourth in the BVC scoring race with 44 points … Arlington quarterback Jacob Drerup is 30-58 passing for 498 yards with 6 Tds and 2 INTs … Vanlue quarterback Lee is 34-75 passing for 475 yards with 5 Tds and 7 INTs … Rettig leads the Red Devils rushing with 449 yards on 73 carries teammates Brunswick (7 catches, 114 yards) and Richard (3 catches, 109 yards) leads the receiving corps … Josh Kloepfer leads Vanlue’s offense with 14 catches for 207 yards and 4 Tds while Arnold has 12 catches for 157 yards … Rettig also leads the BVC with 5 interceptions … Arlington is the least penalized team in the conference with 14 infractions for 102 yards … Arlington has won 41 straight against Vanlue and has a series lead of 73-15-4 ... Arlington had 123 yards rushing and 111 passing, as Rettig led the way with 54 yards rushing on 14 carries in last week’s loss to Cory-Rawson ... Vanlue quarterback Nick Lee hooked up with Josh Kloepfer for touchdown passes covering 16 and 4 yards. Lee was the Wildcats’ leading rusher picking up 66 yards on 11 carries for the game. Wildcats mustered just 80 yards on the ground and another 83 through the air while giving up 593 yards of total offense last week.

Van Buren BLACK KNIGHTS at Cory-Rawson HORNETS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Van Buren 3-1 overall, 2-1 Blanchard Valley Conference; Cory-Rawson 2-2, 2-1
LAST SEASON: Cory-Rawson 54, Van Buren 32
LAST WEEK: Van Buren 34, Leipsic 21; Cory-Rawsn 17, Arlington 14
NOTABLE: Van Buren is ranked ninth in the Division VI Region 22 computer rankings … Cory Rawson’s Ethan Welch kicked a last second field goal to lift Cory-Rawson past Arlington last week … Van Buren is averaging 28.8 points and 301.5 yards per game on offense, the Black Knights statistically lead the BVC allowing just 173.5 yards per game and 16.5 points per contest … Cory-Rawson quarterback Joe Marshall is 21-60 passing for 297 yards with 2 Tds and 4 INTs … VB quarterback Adam Greer is 42-75 passing for 475 yards with 7 INTs and 5 Tds and has also rushed for 402 yards on 69 carries with 5 touchdowns … Andy Wagner leads Cory-Rawson with 346 yards on 67 carries while Jeremiah Boss-Hummel has 203 yards on 35 carries with 4 touchdowns and 12 receptions for 170 yards … Colin Stoffel leads Van Buren’s receivers with 12 catches for 180 yards, while leading the Knight defense with 4 interceptions … Van Buren has picked off a BVC-best 11 passes this season … Cory-Rawson leads the series 36-16-1 … While the Black Knights were piling up 359 yards of offense -- 245 on the ground -- they were limiting Leipsic to 136 rushing in last week’s game ... Adam Greer, who 143 yards on 21 carries last week for the Knights ... Cory-Rawson rushed for 198 yards and passed for 92 as Chad Dulle led the way with 15 carries for 72 yards in last week’s win over Arlington

Leipsic VIKINGS at Hardin Northern POLAR BEARS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Leipsic 1-3 overall, 1-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Hardin Northern 4-0, 3-0
LAST SEASON: Hardin Northern 28, Leipsic 0
LAST WEEK: Van Buren 34, Leipsic 21; Hardin Northern 55, Arcadia 12
NOTABLE: Hardin Northern is ranked No.1 in the latest Division VI Associated Press football poll … The Polar Bears are ranked 2nd in the Region 24 computer rankings … HN has won 12 straight BVC games and 14 straight regular season contests … Hardin Northern leads the BVC in offense scoring 58.0 points per game and averaging 532.8 yards per contest … The Bear defense ranks fifth at 14.2 points and 266.5 yards per game … Leipsic ranks last in the BVC in offense at 8.5 points and 146.2 yards per game and ninth in defense at 25.8 points and 350.5 yards per game … Leipsic has fumbled the ball just 3 times this season … HN’s Nathan Bame leads the BVC in scoring (16 touchdowns 98 points) and rushing 813 yards on 85 carries, that’s 9.6 yards per carry … HN’s Travis Bolen is second in the BVC in rushing for 544 yards on 45 carries (12.1 yards per carry) … HN quarterback Cory Brunow has 278 yards on 19 carries and is 6-10 passing for 191 yards with 5 Tds and 1 INT … Arty Lomeli is 17-51 passing for 185 yards 7 INTs and 1 TD for Leipsic … Marin leads the Vikings’ rushing effort with 211 yards on 49 carries … Hardin Northern has punted the ball 1 time this season … Hardin Northern leads the series 23-17-1 … Bolen ended the night with 257 yards on 10 carries and touchdown runs of 26, 80 and 89 yards -- all in the first half. Bame carried 11 times for 215 yards and TDs of 54, 37 and 53 yards last week against Arcadia ...

Liberty-Benton EAGLES at McComb PANTHERS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Liberty-Benton 3-1 overall, 3-0 BVC; McComb 3-1, 2-1
LAST SEASON: Liberty-Benton 37, McComb 20
LAST WEEK: Liberty-Benton 70, Vanlue 12; McComb 23, Pandora-Gilboa 14
NOTABLE: McComb is ranked fifth in the Division VI Region 22 computer rankings … Liberty-Benton ranks second in the conference in offense with 39.8 points and 442.8 yards per game …McComb is averaging 24.3 points per game … The Eagles also rank third in defense allowing 205.5 yards per game … Game is at McComb’s Doc Miller Field … Liberty-Benton is the most penalized team in the BVC with 27 penalties for 225 yards … McComb did not report stats this week … L-B freshman quarterback Aaron Craft is 47-62 passing for 710 yards with 8 Tds add 1 INT … L-B’s Michael Busch is second in the BVC in scoring (57 points) and is the top BVC receiver 11 catches 278 yards 3 Tds ,,, L-B’s Wyatt Elbin has 457 yards rushing on 54 carries while Craft has 205 yards rushing on 40 totes … Brandon Craft has 12 catches for 196 yards and 2 Tds for the Eagles and leads the conference in punting with a 42.0 yard average … Busch is 21-22 on PAT kicks …McComb leads the series 35-16 … McComb outgained P-G 161 to 92 on the ground and 132 to 124 through the air. Westenbarger was 12 of 26 passing without an interception last week ... Wyatt Elbin led the Eagles’ 380-yard ground assault by carrying the ball 16 times for 118 yards and scoring on runs of 8 and 5 yards last week ...

Carey BLUE DEVILS at North Baltimore TIGERS
DATELINE: North Baltimore
CONFERENCE: Midland Athletic League
RECORDS: Carey 2-2 overall, 1-0 Midland Athletic League; North Baltimore 0-4, 0-1
LAST SEASON: Carey 7, North Baltimore 6, OT
LAST WEEK: Carey 32, St. Wendelin 13; Tiffin Calvert 64, North Baltimore 6
NOTABLE: The Blue Devils have won 2 straight after an 0-2 start … North Baltimore is still looking for their first win for new coach Ryan Hite … Carey is averaging 25.3 points per game this season under new coach Todd Worst … North Baltimore is giving up and average of 42.3 points per game and have scored just 13 points on offense this season … North Baltimore threw two interceptions that were returned for Tds in last week‘s loss to Calvert … NB has turned the ball over 16 times in its past two games …Zach Engard scored North Baltimore’s touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard run and finished the night off with 83 yards on 18 carries for the Tigers … Tiffin Calvert had 263 rushing yards on 40 carries while the Tigers had 117 yards on 38 attempts last week … Last year the Blue Devils and Tigers were scoreless through four quarters before the Devils won 7-6 in overtime.

Mohawk WARRIORS at St. Wendelin MOHAWKS
DATELINE: Fostoria
CONFERENCE: Midland Athletic League
RECORDS: Mohawk 3-1 overall, 1-0 Midland Athletic League; Fostoria St. Wendelin 2-2, 0-1
LAST SEASON: Mohawk 69, St. Wendelin 0
LAST WEEK: Mohawk 36, Seneca East 26; Carey 32, St. Wendelin 13
NOTABLE: Mohawk is ranked second in the Division VI Region 22 computer rankings and 13th in the AP Division VI poll … St. Wendelin had won 2 straight before falling last week to Carey … Brock Kirian rushed for 203 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, leading Mohawk’s 369-yard ground attack in a 36-26 win at Seneca East … Last year: Mohawk scored 35 points in the first quarter of a 69-0 trampling of St. Wendelin. The Warriors ran 79 plays to the Mohawks’ 38 and rushed for 375 yards …

Seneca East TIGERS at Hopewell-Loudon CHIEFTAINS
CONFERENCE: Midland Athletic League
RECORDS: Seneca East 3-1 overall, 0-1 Midland Athletic League; Hopewell-Loudon 4-0, 1-0
LAST SEASON: Hopewell-Loudon 17, Seneca East 14
LAST WEEK: Hopewell-Loudon 49, Fremont St. Joseph 6; Mohawk 36, Seneca East 26
NOTABLE: Seneca East suffered their first loss of the season last week to Mohawk … Hopewell-Loudon is ranked first in the Division VI Region 22 computer rankings and is second in the Associated Press Division VI poll … Hopewell-Loudon has won 30 straight regular season games including 21 in a row in the MAL … Hopewell-Loudon’s last league loss was a 24-14 defeat to Carey Sept. 12, 2003 … Hopewell-Loudon got a 208-yard, 3-touchdown performance from Sean Brickner and Adam Brose threw 3 TD passes in last week’s easy win at St. Joseph. Brose was 8-of-11 passing for 192 yards, McAllister had 4 catches for 103 yards and the Chieftains netted 269 yards rushing on just 26 carries … Seneca East’s offense tops the MAL with 379 yards per game and is second at 36 points. Jake Mahl leads the way, passing for 670 yards and 10 touchdowns with no interceptions, as well as rushing for 305 yards and six scores. Matt Featheringill (18 catches, 334 yards) and Coty Crapo (12-154) rank first and fourth in the league in receiving … For Hopewell-Loudon, Sean Brickner has rushed for 655 yards on 11.1 per carry and has scored 11 touchdowns … Seneca East yielded 369 rushing yards to Mohawk in a 36-26 loss at home .. Game is at Chieftain Stadium … Hopewell-Loudon is averaging 39.8 points a game on offense …

Riverdale FALCONS at Buckeye Central BUCKS
DATELINE: New Washington
CONFERENCE: North Central Conference
RECORDS: Riverdale 2-2 overall, 1-0 North Central Conference; Buckeye Central 1-3, 0-1
LAST SEASON: Buckeye Central 49, Riverdale 0
LAST WEEK: Riverdale 14, Crestline 13; Wynford 48, Buckeye Central 17
NOTABLE: The Falcons scored in the final minute to upset Crestline, 14-13. It was Riverdale’s second-straight win after St. Wendelin handed the Falcons their 29th-straight loss … Buckeye Central fell victim to Wynford’s speed and quickness in a 48-17 loss. The Bucks had 238 yards rushing, but quarterback Blaine Erwin, filling in for older brother Derek, was only 5-of-20 passing with three interceptions … Buckeye Central is allowing more than 25.0 points per game on defense … Derek Erwin is 30-84 passing for 536 yards with 6 INTs and 5 Tds … J. Kocher (17 catches, 297 yards), T. Kreim (11 catches, 205 yards) lead the Bucks’ receivers … Kocher, Kreim and Blaine Erwin each have 2 interceptions for the Bucks … C. Haffa and C. Beeson have 157 and 151 yards rushing respectively for Buckeye Central … Riverdale didn’t report NCC stats last week …

Fostoria REDMEN at Shelby WHIPPETS
CONFERENCE: Northern Ohio League
RECORDS: Fostoria 2-2 overall, 1-0 Northern Ohio League; Shelby 2-2, 1-0
LAST SEASON: Fostoria 43, Shelby 22
LAST WEEK: Fostoria 58, Galion 7; Shelby 41, Norwalk 20
NOTABLE: Behind senior running back B.J. Taylor’s 171 yards on 22 carries, Shelby rolled up 274 yards on the ground and finished with a season-best 407 yards in total offense in last week’s win over Norwalk … Game is at W.W. Skiles Field … Whippet quarterback Scott Baird completed 4-of-9 passes for 133 yards while Norwalk was 25-of-41 for 228 yards last week …Taylor is second in the NOL in rushing for 397 yards on 69 carries for Hsleby … Micah Hyde has 323 yards on 58 carries and is 50-90 passing for a league best 860 yards to lead Fostoria’s offense … Chase Munoz is Fostoria’s top receiver with 28 catches for 522 yards … Fostoria linebacker Stephen Roberts is second in the NOL with 47 tackles … Stephens is Shelby’s top receiver with 9 catches for 216 yards while Dennis leads the defense with 42 tackles … The Redmen are averaging 219.5 passing yards, 381.5 total yards and 36.8 points per game while allowing 184.5 yards per game on the ground defensively … Fostoria leads the series with the Whippets 12-1-1 … The last Shelby win against the Redmen was 1952 …

Upper Sandusky RAMS at Tiffin Columbian TORNADOES
CONFERENCE: Northern Ohio League
RECORDS: Upper Sandusky 2-2 overall, 0-1 Northern Ohio League; Tiffin Columbian 3-1, 1-0
LAST SEASON: Tiffin Columbian 27, Upper Sandusky 0
LAST WEEK: Bellevue 35, Upper Sandusky 20; Tiffin Columbian 23, Willard 12
NOTABLE:Tiffin Columbian is ranked seventh in the Division II Region 6 computer rankings while Upper Sandusky is 10th in Division IV Region 14 … Upper Sandusky sophomore quarterback Alex Falk has rushed for 330 yards on 59 carries and is 36 of 79 passing for 517 yards … Ryan Burka leads the Rams receivers with 14 catches for 249 yards …

DATELINE: Bluffton
CONFERENCE: Northwest Conference
RECORDS: Ada 3-1 overall, 2-0 Northwest Conference; Bluffton 3-1, 1-1
LAST SEASON: Bluffton 25, Ada 7
LAST WEEK: Ada 62, Upper Scioto Valley 14; Bluffton 28, Convoy Crestview 14
NOTABLE: Bluffton is ranked seventh in the Division V Region 20 computer rankings … Ada is rated 7th in Division VI Region 24 … Ada QB Zac Dysert is the area’s best, throwing for 1,739 yards while completing 71 percent of his 183 attempts. WRs Kyle Baker (33 receptions, 574 yards, seven TDs) and Heath Jackson (49-569-2) are torching defenses … USV had 200 yards in Week 4 against the Bulldogs … Bluffon’s defense came up with six turnovers against Crestview and held the Knights’ attack to just 199 yards … Jeff Wolber leads Ada‘s rushing effort (34 carries, 216 yards, 5 TDs) … Mark Heiman is covering the game … This is the last of four straight road games for the Bulldogs …

Columbus Grove BULLDOGS at Spencerville BEARCATS
DATELINE: Spencerville
CONFERENCE: Northwest Conference
RECORDS: Columbus Grove 1-3 overall, 1-2 Northwest Conference; Spencerville 2-2, 1-2
LAST SEASON: Columbus Grove 31, Spencerville 0
LAST WEEK: Columbus Grove 37, Lima Central Catholic 13; Spencerville 45, Paulding 17
NOTABLE: Spencerville’s Isaac Bowers leds the Bearcats with 583 yards rushing on 60 carries ... Spencerville’s Jarod Ball has caught 11 passes for 187 yards and 2 TDs while teammate Brandon Suever has caught 11 passes for 115 yards ... Spencerville quarterback Logan Nourse is 49-77 passing for 582 yards and 4 TDs ... Ball also leads the Bearcats defensively with 3 interceptions ... Columbus Grove snapped a 3-game losing streak with last week’s victory ... This is Grove’s first road game this season ... Columbus Grove’s Eric Maag rushed for 137 yards on 10 attempts and 3 touchdowns covering 60, 1 and 5 yards each. Jeremy Harnisfeger had a 63-yard touchdown run and 125 yards on 22 carries for the game ... Maag also added 7-of-12 passing for 110 yards with Logan Rieman catching 5 passes for 93 yards last week for the Bulldogs ...

Patrick Henry PATRIOTS at Evergreen VIKINGS
DATELINE: Metamora
CONFERENCE: Northwest Ohio Athletic League
RECORDS: Patrick Henry 4-0 overall, 3-0 Northwest Ohio Athletic League; Evergreen 3-1, 2-1
LAST SEASON: Patrick Henry 47, Evergreen 14
LAST WEEK: Patrick Henry 30, Liberty Center 0; Evergreen 30, Archbold 13
NOTABLE: Patrick Henry is ranked No.1 in the Division V Region 18 computer rankings and are the No.2 team in the Division V Associated Press poll … Patrick Henry has won 19 in a row after winning the Division V state title last season … The Patriots have won 33 straight regular season games dating back to a 30-28 loss to Leipsic Aug. 22, 2003 … PH has also won 30 straight NWOAL games since falling to Delta 28-17 on 9-27-2002 …

Genoa COMETS at Elmwood ROYALS
DATELINE: Bloomdale
CONFERENCE: Suburban Lakes League
RECORDS: Genoa 1-3 overall, 0-1 Suburban Lakes League; Elmwood 3-1, 1-0
LAST SEASON: Elmwood 27, Genoa 13
LAST WEEK: Elmwood 42, Lake 8; Otsego 40, Genoa 7
NOTABLE: Elmwood quarterback Dusty Brown — who has stepped in for graduated Al Tyson — rushed 24 times for 188 yards last week. Brown is capable of busting a big play on any snap. He scored five touchdowns against Lake as the Royals rushed for 387 yards. Elmwood coach Dean Zeigler is in his seventh year. Adam Sheline had 42 catches for 583 yards last year. Alex Wolff had a 43-yard touchdown reception from Chris Bassitt last week for Genoa …

Ottawa-Glandorf TITANS at St. Marys ROUGHRIDERS
CONFERENCE: Western Buckeye League
RECORDS: Ottawa-Glandorf 2-2 overall, 1-2 Western Buckeye League; St. Marys Memorial 2-2, 1-2
LAST SEASON: Ottawa-Glandorf 33, St. Marys Memorial 0
LAST WEEK: Ottawa-Glandorf 46, Elida 0; Wapakoneta 49, St. Marys Memorial 23


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