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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Playoff prognosis

All right it’s a rainy Tuesday morning so what better time is there than to look at area teams’ football teams playoff chances the with just two weeks left in the season.

Many thanks to Joe Eitel’s website for making this early look at the playoff possibilities a reality.

Unlike most journalists, I have an eye for numbers. I won’t make my own little Excel spreadsheet until next week when things get a little clearer. Well here we go the doctor is in with your playoff prescription for pigskin predictions.

Division IV Region 14OTTAWA-GLANDORF -- The Titans weren’t even on the radar a couple of weeks ago the last time I took a look at things. But the Titans are on a bit of a roll now winning three straight with running back Brian Recker wreaking opposing WBL defenses for 200-yards rushing in each of his last three games. Two tough foes, Lima Shawnee (6-2) and Defiance (5-3) are up next for O-G. While they are sitting 13th in the region. A pair of wins would vault them quite a ways up and if a few of the teams above them drop games, the Titans could vie for that No.8 spot. BUT they have to take care of things on the field. Prognosis: A snowball’s chance, but a chance nonetheless.

Division V Region 18
PATRICK HENRY -- As long as the Patriots beat Sidney Lehman (5-3) Saturday and Wauseon (5-3) in Week 10, PH will be hosting a playoff game in Week 11. Coach Bill Inselmann’s crew WILL move into the top 4 with a pair of wins. They are currently fifth and as long as PH wins they will nudge past Wynford who has Riverdale (2-6) and Colonel Crawford (1-7) left and the loser of Friday’s titanic matchup between unbeaten Ayersville and Fairview. The offense is finally rolling and PH is scoring points faster than a combine harvesting soybeans. Prognosis: Print the playoff tickets.

LIBERTY-BENTON -- OK here’s where things get a little sticky. For the Eagles it’s this simple, beat Hardin Northern (8-0) and Pandora-Gilboa (5-3) in Weeks 9 and 10 and you’re in. If they lose to the Polar Bears, they could still sneak in but a lot has to happen. Elmwood would have to lose to both Woodmore (5-3) and Eastwood (5-3) and Tinora would have to lose to Fairview in Week 10. Not a likely scenario. So it’s a matter of just taking care of business Friday night for L-B, your future is in your own hands. Prognosis: Do or die.

ELMWOOD -- The Royals are in must win mode too. They have to knock off Woodmore (5-3) Friday night and then secure a hard to come by victory against Eastwood (5-3) the final week of the season. Even then, if Liberty-Benton and Tinora wins out, it won’t matter because the Royals wouldn’t get enough points to probably secure a playoff spot. They need both teams to lose at least one of their final two games to sneak in at No.8. Since both the Eagles and the Rams have an unbeaten team still on the slate the final 2 weeks it’s a real possibility. Prognosis: Just win and pray for unexpected Harbins from North Baltimore and Port Clinton on Sunday at church.

Division VI Region 22
HOPEWELL-LOUDON -- The Chieftains are in like Flynn and the most feared team in this region. Should make for an interesting Week 10 match up when they take on MAL rival and current No.2 team in the region Mohawk. Who ever wins that game will be the No.1 seed from the region with the loser taking the No.2 spot. Hopewell-Loudon plays St. Wendelin and Mohawk takes on North Baltimore, the starters will be pulled early this week to prevent injuries. Prognosis: Pre-regional preview in Week 10.

McCOMB -- The Panthers have just quietly gone about the business of winning football games all season long. Not many computer points out there with Arcadia (2-6) and Leipsic (1-7) the next two weeks. Their No.4 spot in tenous at best. They probably won’t hang on to the No.4 spot with their remaining schedule and could tumble all the way to No.7 even if they win out. That’s bad for McComb and good for me because that pressbox at Doc Miller Field scared the hell outta me. Anyway, McComb is in with 2 wins but probably won’t host their first round game. Prognosis: Lay in a good supply of charcoal McComb tailgaters.

COLUMBUS GROVE -- Three straight victories and a huge win over Lima Central Catholic have vaulted the Bulldogs into the picture in Region 22. The Dogs have a struggling Convoy Crestview (2-6) team this week before taking on rival Bluffton (4-4) in Week 10. If the Bulldogs win out, they are probably in at No.7 or No.8 if they lose either game, they could still sneak in of Pandora-Gilboa or Liberty Center picks up a loss in the final two weeks but things get a little dicey. But Liberty Center must lose to Delta (7-1) this week for Grove to cling to the No.8 position. Prognosis: Just win baby!

PANDORA-GILBOA -- If they Rockets can take care of Cory-Rawson and pull a stunning upset of Liberty-Benton in Week 10, they’ll have a chance of making it. Wouldn’t that be sweet for the Rockets and their fans to go from 1-9 to the playoffs! It’ll be tough though and a lot has to happen. Prognosis: Getting ready to pull the plug

Division VI Region 24
HARDIN NORTHERN -- The Polar Bears are in and with wins the final two weeks they could overtake Springfield Catholic Central and Mechanicsburg for the top spot in the region. Even if the unthinkable happens and they lost to L-B, they’ll still host an opening roun game with a win in Week 10. Prognosis: Top-seeded bound.

ADA -- The Bulldogs solidified their playoff chances by beating Allen East last week. One more win would assure things, two wins, would likely give them a home game in the opening round. I’m hoping it happens. Prognosis: Looking good.

A link to my column saluting linemen
Courier’s Monday Local Sports (Includes soccer, volleyball results and a story on Vanlue’s girls basketball coach)
BG Police Shoot Theft Suspect in hospital
Lucas High School coaches set to be arraigned
Bryan takes NWOAL cross country title
AP Prep Football Poll
Weekly prep soccer poll
Weekly prep volleyball poll
St. Joseph is 5th at state golf tourney
Lima News Monday prep roundup
Mansfield Area Prep Roundup
NOL Football Stats from the Shelby Globe
Mohawk beats OF in non-MAL volleyball match
Calvert stops Mohawks 2-0 in soccer action


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