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 28, 2006

Week 6 Prep Football Notes

Hardin Northern POLAR BEARS at Van Buren BLACK KNIGHTS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Hardin Northern 5-0 overall, 4-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; Van Buren 4-1, 3-1
LAST SEASON: Hardin Northern 56, Van Buren 13
LAST WEEK: Hardin Northern 21, Leipsic 0; Van Buren 34, Cory-Rawson 27
NOTABLE: Hardin Northern is ranked first in the latest Associated Press Division VI poll and is ranked fifth in the Division VI Region 24 computer rankings … The Polar Bears are the defending BVC champs HN has won 13 straight BVC games and 15 straight regular season contests … Van Buren is ranked sixth in the latest Division VI Region 22 computer rankings … Hardin Northern is still the top offense in the BVC averaging 50.6 points and 489.6 yards per game … Van Buren’s offense is also rolling scoring 29.8 points with 301.0 yards per contest … The Knights have the top defense in the VC giving up 188.0 yards per game … Hardin Northern’s defense has allowed 11.4 points per game and just 82 yards per game rushing … Van Buren has 12 interceptions on defense … HN’s Nathan Bame leads the BVC in scoring (110 points) and rushing with 963 yards on 107 carries … HN’s Clay Brunow is 7-of-16 passing for 6 touchdowns and 223 yards … VB quarterback Adam Greer is 49-85 passing for 613 yards with 5 touchdowns and 9 interceptions … HN’s Travis Bolen has rushed for 619 yards on 59 carries with 6 touchdowns … Brunow has rushed for 323 yards on 31 carries … VB’s Matt Pate has 297 yards rushing on 57 carries with 4 touchdowns … Greer leads VB’s rushing attack with 416 yards on 87 carries … Colin Stoffel leads VB’s receivers with 15 catches for 275 yards … Stoffel leads Van Buren with 4 interceptions while Mason Watkins has 3 … Hardin Northern leads the series 25-16 and have won 14 straight against the Knights

Liberty-Benton EAGLES at Arcadia REDSKINS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Liberty-Benton 4-1 overall, 4-0 Blanchard Valley Conference; Arcadia 1-4, 0-4
LAST SEASON: Liberty-Benton 60, Arcadia 0
LAST WEEK: Liberty-Benton 14, McComb 7; Pandora-Gilboa 34, Arcadia 14
NOTABLE: Liberty-Benton has won 4 straight after a season-opening loss to Mohawk … Arcadia has dropped 4 straight after a season-opening win over Danbury … Liberty-Benton ranks second in the BVC in both offense and defense. The Eagles are averaging 34.6 points and 427.4 yards per game on offense while on defense, L-B has given up the fewest points (10.6) and an average of 207.2 yards per game … Arcadia ranks eighth in the conference in both offense and defense … The Eagles are the most penalized team by far in the BVC with 40 infractions for 330 yards … Liberty-Benton freshman quarterback Aaron Craft leads the BVC in passing at 62-81 897 yards with 9 Tds and 1 Int … Arcadia quarterback Seth Kirian is 47-100 passing for 592 yards with 6 Ints and 5 Tds … Liberty-Benton’s Wyatt Elbin has 576 yards rushing on 73 carries with 7 Tds while Craft has rushed for an additional 251 yards … Mason True leads the Redskins’ rushing effort with 255 yards on 36 carries … L-B’s Michael Busch has 17 catches for 359 yards to lead the conference teammate Brandon Craft has 16 catches for 252 yards … Arcadia’s A.J. Holman (12 catches, 264 yards) and Kirk Ridenour (22 catches, 254 yards) rank among the BVC leaders in receiving … Riggs leads Arcadia’s defense with 4 interceptions …Game is at Keiffer Field … Eagles are seeking their fourth straight playoff appearance but are currently not ranked among the top 10 in Region 18 … Liberty-Benton leads the series 25-24 and has won 10 straight against Arcadia

DATELINE: Arlington
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: McComb 3-2 overall, 2-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Arlington 3-2, 2-2
LAST SEASON: Arlington 28, McComb 21
LAST WEEK: Liberty-Benton 14, McComb 7; Arlington 62, Vanlue 21
NOTABLE: Mark Heiman is covering the game … McComb is ranked sixth in the latest Division VI Region 22 computer rankings … Game is at Doc Castor Field … Arlington snapped a modest 2 game losing skid with last week’s big win over Vanlue … Arlington ranks third in the conference in both offense and defense. The Red Devils are averaging 32.0 points and 385.4 yards per game while on defense the Red Devils are allowing 16.0 points and 217.4 yards per game … Should be an interesting match up between McComb’s pass-oriented offense and a stingy pass defense for the Devils. Arlington has a conference-best 13 interceptions while McComb sophomore quarterback Kevan Westenbarger is 81-155 passing for 877 yards with 7 Tds and 5 INTs … Arlington quarterback Jacob Drerup is 35-68 passing for 558 yards with 7 Tds and 2 INTs … Arlington’s Travis Rettig is second in the BVC in rushing with 620 yards on 90 carries and 8 touchdowns … Derrick Hill leads McComb’s rushing effort with 282 yards on 52 carries with 5 touchdowns … Shoop leads a solid group of McComb receivers with 25 catches for 243 yards and 4 touchdowns … Rettig leads the BVC with 5 interceptions while teammates Richard and Morehart both have 3 pickoffs for the Red Devils … It’s the 82nd meeting between the schools with Arlington leading the series 45-33-3

Pandora-Gilboa ROCKETS at Leipsic VIKINGS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Pandora-Gilboa 3-2 overall, 2-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Leipsic 1-4, 1-3
LAST SEASON: Leipsic 28, Pandora-Gilboa 0
LAST WEEK: Pandora-Gilboa 34, Arcadia 14; Hardin Northern 21, Leipsic 0
NOTABLE: The BVC’s battle of Putnam County should be an interesting one … No Leipsic stats are available this week as they didn’t report stats … Pandora-Gilboa has outscored its opponents 115-96 this season … Pandora-Gilboa has fumbled the ball away a league-high 12 times while Leipsic has lost just 3 fumbles … Cory Forney is fourth in the BVC in scoring with 54 points … Pandora-Gllboa quarterback Ethan Luginbill is 32-78 passing for 519 yards with 6 Tds and 2 INTs … Forney leads the Rockets with 477 yards on 91 carries …Shuey (187 yards) and Howell (180 yards) both have 19 catches for Pandora-Gilboa … Luginbill is also a perfect 13-of-13 on PAT kicks … Leipsic’s N. Schroeder and Pandora-Gilboa’s Shuey have both returned kicks for touchdowns this season … Pandora-Gilboa leads the BVC series between the teams 21-19.

Vanlue WILDCATS at Cory-Rawson HORNETS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Vanlue 0-5 overall, 0-4 Blanchard Valley Conference; Cory-Rawson 2-3, 2-2
LAST SEASON: Cory-Rawson 57, Vanlue 22
LAST WEEK: Arlington 62, Vanlue 21; Van Buren 34, Cory-Rawson 27
NOTABLE: Vanlue is last in the conference in defense allowing 52.0 points and 439.2 yards per game and they are ninth in offense scoring 14.6 points and gaining 209.0 yards per contest …Cory-Rawson is in the middle of the pack in both defensive and offensive stats … The Hornets have thrown the fewest interceptions of anyone in the BVC … Cory-Rawson quarterback Joe Marshall is 30-82 passing for 379 yards and 4 Tds and 5 Ints … Cory-Rawson’s Wagner has 418 yards on 80 carries while Jeremiah Boss-Hummel has rushed for 279 yards on 72 carries with 5 touchdowns … Vanlue quarterback Nick Lee is 49-105 passing for 613 yards with 9 Ints and 5 TDS … Arnold is second in the BVC in receiving with 18 catches for 291 yards while Josh Kloepfer has 17 catches for 243 yards …Boss-Hummel has 16 receptions for 217 yards to lead the Hornets … Cory-Rawson’s Ethan Welch is 10-11 on PAT kicks and 1-1 in field goals and has returned a kickoff return for a touchdown this season … Cory-Rawson leads the series 48-8-1... The Hornets have won 17 straight against the WIldcats …

Findlay TROJANS at Lima Senior SPARTANS
CONFERENCE: Greater Buckeye Conference
RECORDS: Findlay 1-4 overall, 0-0 Greater Buckeye Conference; Lima Senior 1-4, 0-0
LAST SEASON: Findlay 49, Lima Senior 6
LAST WEEK: Findlay 34, Worthington Kilbourne 17; Youngstown Rayen 38, Lima Senior 0
NOTABLE: Findlay finally got off the losing track with a 34-17 win over Worthington Kilbourne last week … The Trojans are the defending GBC champs … Lima Senior has dropped 4 straight since a season-opening victory over Celina … The Spartans program has struggled since they won the1996 Division I state championship … This is the GBC opener for both teams … Dave Hanneman will be covering the game for The Courier … Lima Senior’s defense is allowing 35.0 points per game … Findlay QB Chris Schnieder, 6-foot-2, 232 pounds, runs the offense effectively. Last week against Kilbourne, he had 271 yards in total offense. He also scored on runs of 1 and 18 yards. RB Matt Alexander, a 6-foot, 200-pound junior, rushed for 103 yards and three TDs last week … Lima Senior: Heading into the loss at Rayen, Ryan Nathan had rushed for 445 yards and five scores to lead the Spartans. QB Matt Beggin had 45 completions for 468 yards and two scores.

Hopewell-Loudon CHIEFTAINS at Carey BLUE DEVILS
CONFERENCE: Midland Athletic League
RECORDS: Hopewell-Loudon 5-0 overall, 2-0 Midland Athletic League; Carey 3-2, 2-0
LAST SEASON: Hopewell-Loudon 35, Carey 7
LAST WEEK: Hopewell-Loudon 42, Seneca East 14; Carey 48, North Baltimore 7
NOTABLE: Hopewell-Loudon is ranked No.1 in the Division VI Region 22 computer rankings and is the No.3 team in the latest Associated Press poll … A battle of unbeatens in the MAL this week at C.D. Wentling Field the Chieftains and Blue Devils are 2-0 in the conference as is Mohawk … Carey leads the all-time series between the two schools 11-6 … Hopewell-Loudon has won 31 straight regular season games including 22 in a row in the MAL … Hopewell-Loudon’s last league loss was a 24-14 defeat to Carey Sept. 12, 2003 … Carey has won three straight after starting the season 0-2 (Both losses were one-point heartbreakers) … The Chieftains are averaging 40.2 points per game on offense while allowing just 8.0 points per contest … Carey is averaging 29.8 points per game … With a win Friday at Carey (3-2, 2-0 MAL), the Chieftains would match Fremont St. Joe for the league record, which the Streaks set from 1987-91 … In the Blue Devils, the Chieftains face the league’s top rushing attack, one which produces just under 300 yards per game. Quarterback Zach Orians leads the way with 376 yards at 9 per carry. Defensively, the Blue Devils lead the league in rushing (109.6) and total (219.2) defense … The Chieftains’ defense has yielded a league-low 40 points. Tailback Sean Brickner already has 883 yards (9.6 per carry) and 15 total touchdowns … Last week: Sean Brickner rushed for 218 yards and four touchdowns, and Andrew Brose threw for 254 yards in Hopewell-Loudon’s 42-14 pounding of Seneca East. Carey piled up 310 rushing yards and held North Baltimore to 15 total yards in a 48-7 road win … Last year: Sean Brickner scored four short touchdowns, and the Chieftains tallied 403 yards of offense in a 35-7 win. Carey managed only 152 yards of offense.

Lucas CUBS at Riverdale FALCONS
DATELINE: Mount Blanchard
CONFERENCE: North Central Conference
RECORDS: Lucas 5-0 overall, 2-0 North Central Conference; Riverdale 2-3, 1-1
LAST SEASON: Lucas 40, Riverdale 7
LAST WEEK: Buckeye Central 14, Riverdale 13; Lucas 20, Crestline 12
NOTABLE: Lucas is tied for the NCC lead with Wynford and Ontario at 2-0 … The Cubs are averaging 31.4 points per game … Lucas leads the NCC in offense 375.8 yards per game and defense at 213.0 yards per game … Andrew Iceman is 63-106 passing for 983 yards with 9 Tds and 6 Ints for the Cubs … Game is at D. Ray Baum Field beginning at 7 p.m. … Lucas’ Zach Stallard is the conference’s top receiver with 37 catches for 651 yards … Iceman has also rushed for 397 yards on 80 carries with 8 touchdowns and leads the team with 62 tackles … Riverdale doesn’t report stats to the NCC … Rhen Vail has 10 catches for 147 yards and Tyler Clark has carried the ball 32 times for 217 yards for the Cubs … Lucas has outscored their opponents 98-14 in the first half this season … Riverdale scored in the final 2 minutes of last week’s game against Buckeye Central but missed the PAT in a 14-13 loss to the Bucks snapping the Falcons’ 2 game win streak …

Norwalk TRUCKERS at Upper Sandusky RAMS
DATELINE: Upper Sandusky
CONFERENCE: Northern Ohio League
RECORDS: Norwalk 0-5 overall, 0-2 NOL; Upper Sandusky 2-3, 0-2
LAST SEASON: Norwalk 7, Upper Sandusky 0
LAST WEEK: Tiffin Columbian 26, Upper Sandusky 0; Bellevue 36, Norwalk 7
NOTABLE: Norwalk enters the game scoring a league-low 13.0 points and allowing a league-high 36.0 points per game … Upper Sandusky, meanwhile is giving up 23.0 points per game and scoring 19.6 … Upper Sandusky has lost 3 straight after a 2-0 start but it’s last two losses have been to NOL leaders Bellevue and Tiffin Columbian … Norwalk’s defense ranks last in the NOL allowing 403.4 yards per game … Upper Sandusky is near the middle of the pack in the NOL in both categories … Upper Sandusky sophomore quarterback Alex Falk is third in the league in passing hitting 45-96 for 618 yards with 5 Tds and 4 Ints and is also third in rushing with 448 yards on 76 carries with 4 Tds … Norwalk’s Trent Ringle has 255 yards on 46 carries while quarterback Kyle Kurtz is 78-149 passing for 794 yards with 2 Tds and 6 INTs … Norwalk’s Spencer Krebs (26 catches, 251 yards) and Clay Duncan (13, 239) are the team’s leading receivers … Upper Sandusky’s Ryan Burka is the No.2 receiver in the NOL with 16 catches for 275 yards and 2 Tds … Upper Sandusky leads the series 33-27 … Last week: Upper Sandusky had 222 yards of offense, including 105 rushing from quarterback Alex Falk, but the Rams were light on the scoreboard in a 26-0 loss at Columbian … Last year: Kyle Kurtz’s 4-yard scoring pass to Clay Duncan with 11:18 to play was enough for Norwalk in a 7-0 win at home. Upper Sandusky had 188 yards of offense and was hurt by four interceptions and seven penalties.

Tiffin Columbian TORNADOES at Fostoria REDMEN
DATELINE: Fostoria
CONFERENCE: Northern Ohio League
RECORDS: Tiffin Columbian 4-1 overall, 2-0 Northern Ohio League; Fostoria Senior 2-3, 1-1
LAST SEASON: Tiffin Columbian 27, Fostoria 24, 2OT
LAST WEEK: Tiffin Columbian 26, Upper Sandusky 0; Shelby 28, Fostoria 8
NOTABLE: Tiffin Columbian is ranked No.7 in the latest Division II Region 6 computer poll … Tiffin Columbian is tied for the NOL lead with Bellevue and Shelby … Interesting match up between the NOL’s No.1 offense from Fostoria and the league’s top defense from Tiffin Columbian. The Redmen are averaging 354.0 yards per game and 15.0 points per game. Columbus is allowing just 11.5 points and 212.2 yards per contest … Game is at Fostoria‘s Memorial Stadium … Fostoria sophomore Micah Hyde is the NOL‘s top quarterback hitting 69-133 passes for 1031 11 Tds and 3 Ints. He has also rushed for 333 yards on 69 carries … Tiffin’s E. Kagy has rushed for 364 yards on 71 carries to lead Columbian … D. Ardner is 41-79 passing for 481 yards with 4 Ints and 3 Tds … Fostoria’s Chase Munoz leads all NOL receivers with 37 catches for 646 yards and 7 Tds … R. Kagy is the top receiver for Tiffin Columbian with 16 catches for 199 yards … Fostoria leads the all-time series between the two schools that dates back to 1900 43-31-3 but the Tornadoes have won 8 of the last 9 meetings with the Redmen.

Bluffton PIRATES at Allen East MUSTANGS
DATELINE: Lafayette
CONFERENCE: Northwest Conference
RECORDS: Bluffton 4-1 overall, 2-1 Northwest Conference; Allen East 5-0, 4-0
LAST SEASON: Bluffton 13, Allen East 7
LAST WEEK: Buffton 28, Ada 22; Allen East 31, Convoy Crestview 17
NOTABLE: Allen East is No.1 and Bluffton is No. in the latest Division V Region 20 computer rankings … Josh Falk set a new school record with 309 yards rushing on 37 carries while scoring three times in last week’s win over Ada … The Pirates are averaging exactly 30 points per game … Allen East’s Blaine Schmitt, who leads the area with 1,103 yards. Schmitt had 263 yards on 43 carries against Crestview last week … The Mustangs average nearly 23 points per contest … Allen East is all alone atop the NWC standings … Bluffton is the defending league champs along with Columbus Grove and Crestview … Allen East’s Dan Neely has 3 interceptions.

CONFERENCE: Northwest Conference
RECORDS: Paulding 0-5 overall, 0-2 Northwest Conference; Ada 3-2, 2-1
LAST SEASON: Ada 55, Paulding 30
LAST WEEK: Bluffton 28, Ada 22; Delta 41, Paulding 6
NOTABLE: Ada is ranked 9th in the latest Division VI Region 24 computer rankings … Patrick Henry is ranked seventh in the latest Division V Associated Press poll while Delta is ranked 12th in the AP poll … Ada is averaging 41.6 points per me while allowing 32.4 points per contest … The Bulldogs’ defense yielded 309 yards to Bluffton back Josh Falk in last week’s loss … Paulding has scored just 51 points in its 5 losses this season … Game is at Ada’s War Memorial Stadium and it’s the Bulldogs’ homecoming contest … Last year, Ada quarterback Zac Dysert shredded the Panther defense last year, passing for over 500 yards and eight TDs to lead a 55-30 Homecoming rout … Dysert has thrown for just under 1,943 yards and completed 158 of 220 passes for 17 TDs halfway through the season ... Ada’s Jeff Wolber has 41 carries for 278 yards ... Ada’s Heath Jackson has 59 catches for 644 yards, Kyle Baker has 35 catches for 392 yards and 7 TDs and teammate Nate Vermilion has 19 catches for 340 yards ...

Delta PANTHERS at Patrick Henry PATRIOTS
CONFERENCE: Northwest Ohio Athletic League
RECORDS: Delta 5-0 overall, 3-0 Northwest Ohio Athletic League; Patrick Henry 4-1, 3-1
LAST SEASON: Patrick Henry 28, Delta 14
LAST WEEK: Delta 41, Paulding 6; Evergreen 17, Patrick Henry 7
NOTABLE: Delta is ranked fourth and Patrick Henry is rated ninth in the latest Division V Region 18 computer poll … Evergreen snapped Patrick Henry’s lengthy regular season and Northwest Ohio Athletic League win streaks … Patrick Henry has won or shared the last 5 NWOAL football titles … Delta is alone atop the NWOAL at 3-0 …

Lakota RAIDERS at Elmwood ROYALS
DATELINE: Bloomdale
CONFERENCE: Suburban Lakes League
RECORDS: Lakota 3-2 overalll, 1-1 Suburban Lakes League; Elmwood 4-1, 2-0
LAST SEASON: Elmwood 33, Lakota 10
LAST WEEK: Elmwood 46, Genoa 13; Lakota 27, Lake 22
NOTABLE: Elmwood has won four straight after a season-opening loss to Hopewell-Loudon … The four teams the Royals have beaten so far are a combined 1-19 … Elmwood is averaging 40.2 points per game on offense … Elmwood blew open a close 12-6 game by scoring 27 points in the third quarter last week against Genoa … Elmwood quarterback Dusty Brown has rushed for 737 yards on 108 carries with 12 touchdowns. He is also 23-42 passing for 465 yards 6 Tds and 3 Ints … Elmwood’s C.J. Allums has 487 yards on 46 carries and 3 Tds while Ben Hammer has caught 5 passes for 167 yards, that’s 32.4 yards per catch …
Last week: Justin Apple’s 3-yard run with 5:39 left in the game gave Lakota a 27-22 win over Lake. Apple had 197 yards on 34 carries … Last year: Dusty Brown rushed for three touchdowns, and Al Tyson rushed and passed for the other two scores in a 33-10 win for Elmwood. Lakota managed only 149 yards of offense.

Ottawa-Glandorf TITANS at Lima Bath WILDCATS
CONFERENCE: Western Buckeye League
RECORDS: Ottawa-Glandorf 2-3 overall, 1-3 Western Buckeye League; Lima Bath 2-3, 2-2
LAST SEASON: Ottawa-Glandorf 53, Lima Bath 0
LAST WEEK: Lima Bath 34, Elida 13; St. Marys Memorial 35, Ottawa-Glandorf 7
NOTABLE: Ottawa-Glandorf has struggled offensively averaging 15.4 points per game … The Titans have dropped 3 of their last 4 games … Bath’s Todd Ruggley has 758 yards rushing on 101 carries with 7 TDs and teammate Zach Sterling has added 251 yards on 62 trips with 6 TDs ands connected on 38-79 passes for 372 yards and 0 TDS ...

Columbus Grove BULLDOGS at Troy Christian EAGLES
CONFERENCE: Non-conferemce
RECORDS: Columbus Grove 1-4, Troy Christian 2-3
LAST SEASON: Columbus Grove 51, Troy Christian 0
LAST WEEK: Spencerville 25, Columbus Grove 21; Troy Christian 27, Shroder Paideia 12
NOTABLE: Troy Christian is allowing 26.3 points a game … Grove is allowing 25.2 points per game but scoring 21.8 …


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