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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Week 7 Notes

Up for tomorrow...observations on district golf and I have some dooseys. In the mean time here are the Week 7 football notes.

Arlington RED DEVILS at Arcadia REDSKINS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Arlington 3-3 overall, 2-3 Blanchard Valley Conference; Arcadia 1-5, 0-5 LAST SEASON: Arlington 49, Arcadia 9 LAST WEEK: McComb 42, Arlington 30; Liberty-Benton 59, Arcadia 7
NOTABLE: Arcadia has dropped 5 straight after a season-opening win against Danbury … Arlington’s offense ranks third in the Blanchard Valley Conference as the Red Devils are averaging 305.3 yards per game as well as 31.7 points per contest … Arcadia ranks ninth in the conference in both offense and defense. The Redskins 224.3 yards and 13.5 yards per game on offense and are allowing 32.3 points and 339.0 yards per game on defense … Arlington’s Travis Rettig is second in the conference in scoring (93 points) and is third in rushing with 729 yards on 105 carries with 11 touchdowns … Arlington’s Wells has 328 yards on 40 carries (8.2 per carry) and 3 touchdowns … Red Devils quarterback Jacob Drerup is 49-97 passing for 722 yards with 7 Tds and 4 Ints … Arcadia quarterback Adam Kirian is 56-119 passing for 705 yards with 6 Tds and 8 Ints … Arcadia’s A.J. Holman has 15 catches for 284 yards and 3 touchdowns teammate Kirk Ridenour has 22 catches for 254 yards … Rettig also leads the conference with 5 interceptions on defense while Richard has 4 interceptions … Arcadia’s Riggs has 4 interceptions … The Red Devils have scored 92 points over its last 2 games … Arcadia has allowed 148 points over its last 3 games … Arlington’s defense leads the conference with 14 interceptions …

Cory-Rawson HORNETS at Hardin Northern POLAR BEARS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Cory-Rawson 3-3 overall, 3-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Hardin Northern 6-0, 5-0 LAST SEASON: Hardin Northern 34, Cory-Rawson 3 LAST WEEK: Hardin Northern 41, Van Buren 20; Cory-Rawson 58, Vanlue 26
NOTABLE: Hardin Northern leads the conference in offense averaging 49.0 points and 487.7 yards per game and is third in defense at 234.2 yards and 12.8 points a game … The Hornets also have a potent offense and are averaging 26.5 points and 305.5 yards per game … Hardin Northern’s Nathan Bame leads the conference in rushing with 1,086 yards on 130 carries and scoring with 128 points … HN’s Travis Bolen is second in the BVC rushing race with 762 yards on 73 carries, a whopping 10.4 yards per carry with 11 touchdowns … Polar Bears quarterback Cory Brunow has rushed for 360 yards on 37 carries with 4 TDS. He’s also hit 11-25 passes for 303 yards with 8 touchdowns and 1 INT … Cory-Rawson quarterback Joe Marshall is 32-92 passing for 385 yards with 5 INTs and 4 TDS … C-R Andy Wagner has 59 yards on 102 carries with 4 Tds teammate Jeremiah Boss-Hummel has 408 yards on 88 carries and has caught 17 passes for 221 yards … Hardin Northern is ranked first in the Division VI Associated Press poll and are No.3 in the Region 24 computer rankings … Cory-Rawson kicker Ethan Welch is 17-18 on PATs with 1 field goal. He has also returned a kickoff for a touchdown … The Polar Bears are the defending BVC champs HN has won 14 straight BVC games and 16 straight regular season contests

Leipsic VIKINGS at Liberty-Benton EAGLES
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Leipsic 1-5 overall, 1-4 Blanchard Valley Conference; Liberty-Benton 5-1, 5-0 LAST SEASON: Liberty-Benton 45, Leipsic 0 LAST WEEK: Pandora-Gilboa 28, Leipsic 7; Liberty-Benton 59, Arcadia 7
NOTABLE: Liberty-Benton leads the BVC in defense averaging 10.0 points and 197.2 yards per game … The Eagles are also second in the conference in offense at 38.7 points and 438.8 yards per game … Leipsic is last in the BVC in offense averaging 6.8 points with 126.2 yards per game … Liberty-Benton is ranked 10th in the latest Division V Region 18 computer rankings … Liberty-Benton’s Michael Busch is third in the conference in scoring with 88 points … Liberty-Benton quarterback Aaron Craft, a freshman, is 75-100 passing for 1129 yards with 12 Tds and 1 INT … Leipsic quarterback Arty Lomeli is 22-75 passing for 209 yards with 9 Ints and 1 TD … Leipsic has scored just 7 points over its last 2 games … L-B’s Wyatt Elbin has 646 yards rushing on 90 carries while Craft has added 329 yards on 71 carries … Morin leads Leipsic’s rushing attack with 292 yards on 69 carries … The Eagles’ Michael Busch leads the BVC in receiving with 21 catches for 457 yards and 5 Tds … Brandon Craft has added 260 yards on 17 catches … L-B has won five straight since a season-opening overtime loss to Mohawk … The Eagles have 445 yards in penalties most in the BVC …

Van Buren BLACK KNIGHTS at Pandora-Gilboa ROCKETS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Van Buren 4-2 overall, 3-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; Pandora-Gilboa 4-2, 3-2 LAST SEASON: Arlington 62, Van Buren 43 LAST WEEK: Hardin Northern 41, Van Buren 20; Pandora-Gilboa 28, Leipsic 7
NOTABLE: Van Buren is ranked 9th in the latest Division VI Region 22 computer rankings … Pandora-Gilboa’s defense ranks second in the BVC allowing 16.0 points and 230.2 yards per game … Van Buren is averaging 28.2 yards per game and allowing 23.5 ppg … Pandora-Gilboa has lost a league-high 13 fumbles while Van Buren has lost just 3 fumbles … Van Buren’s defense is second in the conference with 12 interceptions … Pandora-Gilboa quarterback Ethan Luginbill is 65-97 passing for 722 yards with 7 Tds and 4 Ints … VB quarterback Adam Greer is 66-110 passing for 839 yards 8 TDS and 9 Ints … Pandora-Gilboa’s Cory Forney has 618 yards rushing on 116 carries with 10 Tds … Greer leads the Black Knights in rushing for 469 yards on 96 carries and 7 Tds while teammate Matt Pate has 311 yards on 62 carries … Van Buren’s Colin Stoffel has 20 catches for 340 yards and 2 Tds … Pandora-Gilboa’s Mike Shuey has caught 24 passes for 222 yards and 1 TD … Van Buren’s Colin Stoffel and Pandora-Gilboa’s Lee both have 4 interceptions on defense …

CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Vanlue 0-6 overall, 0-5 Blanchard Valley Conference; McComb 4-2, 3-2 LAST SEASON: McComb 61, Vanlue 12 LAST WEEK: McComb 42, Arlington 30; Cory-Rawson 58, Vanlue 26
NOTABLE: McComb is ranked fifth in the latest Division VI Region 22 computer rankings … Vanlue ranks last in the BVC in defense allowing 53.0 points and 443.8 yards per game … McComb is averaging 24.2 points per game on offense and allowing ppg on defense … McComb quarterback Kevin Westenbarger ranks second in the BVC in passing connecting on 100-174 for 1093 yards with 9 Tds and 5 INTs .. Vanlue quarterback Nick Lee passed for 298 yards last week against Cory-Rawson and is 69-139 passing for 911 yards with 12 INTs and 8 TDS … McComb’s Derrick Hill has rushed for 417 yards on 71 carries with 8 Tds … Lee leads Vanlue’s rushing effort with 356 yards on 87 carries 5 Tds … McComb’s Shoop (29 catches, 267 yards) and Inbody (24, 261) are the Panthers’ top receivers … Vanlue’s Arnold has 19 catches for 298 yards and teammate Josh Kloepfer has 29 catches for 406 yards

Findlay TROJANS at Marion Harding PRESIDENTS
CONFERENCE: Greater Buckeye Conference
RECORDS: Findlay 2-4 overall, 1-0 Greater Buckeye Conference; Marion Harding 3-3, 1-0 LAST SEASON: Findlay 47, Marion Harding 7 LAST WEEK: Findlay 50, Lima Senior 20; Marion Harding 33, Sandusky 7
NOTABLE: Dave Hanneman is covering the game … Findlay has won two straight after opening the season with four straight losses … Harding senior running back Bryson Faggs gained 130 yards on 21 carries, his second straight 100-yard game and fourth of the season in last week’s win over Sandusky. He had 598 yards this season … Harding quarterback Phil Haddad has completed 60 of 130 passes for 727 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions … Harding receiver Kevin Hardy ranks second in the GBC with 18 catches for 333 yards.. The Presidents also enter the game with a 2-game win streak … Findlay quarterback Chris Schneider (6-foot-3, 232) is 95 of 116 for 1,108 yards, tops in the GBC. He has thrown for four touchdowns and had been intercepted eight times. Schneider has also rushed for 385 yards and 10 touchdowns on 114 carries … Jimmy Davidson leads Findlay and the GBC in receptions with 39 for 470 yards. Running back Matt Alexander has gained 349 yards on 79 tries.

Carey BLUE DEVILS at Seneca East TIGERS
CONFERENCE: Midland Athletic League
RECORDS: Carey 3-3 overall, 2-1 Midland Athletic League; Seneca East 4-2, 1-2 LAST SEASON: Seneca East 26, Carey 3 LAST WEEK: Seneca East 49, Fostoria St. Wendelin 7; Hopewell-Loudon 35, Carey 6
NOTABLE: Seneca East snapped a 2-game losing skid with last week’s win over St. Wendelin … Carey had a 3-game win streak snapped with a loss to Hopewell-Loudon last week … Game at Cook Field … Last week: Carey couldn’t stop Hopewell-Loudon in the second half, allowing three touchdowns in a 35-6 loss. The Blue Devils managed 204 rushing yards against the Chieftains. Jake Mahl rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns and threw for 173 yards in Seneca East’s 49-7, weather-delayed win at St. Wendelin .. Last year: Jake Mahl tossed a 55-yard score to Chris Allgyre on the second play from scrimmage, and Garrett Tusing scored on a 1-yard run to cap the Tigers’ next possession, as SE went to win, 26-3.

Fostoria St. Wendelin MOHAWKS at North Baltimore TIGERS
DATELINE: North Baltimore
CONFERENCE: Midland Athletic League
RECORDS: Fostoria St. Wendelin 2-4 overall, 0-3 Midland Athletic League; North Baltimore 0-6, 0-3 LAST SEASON: North Baltimore 77, St. Wendelin 0 LAST WEEK: Fremont St. Joseph 38, North Baltimore 6; Seneca East 49, Fostoria St. Wendelin 0
NOTABLE: North Baltimore handed St. Wendelin its biggest loss in school history in a 77-0 beating … Game is NB’s homecoming contest at Memorial Field … The Tigers are trying to win their first game for new head coach Ryan Hite … St. Wendelin leads the all-time series that dates back to 1924 39-10-1 … North Baltimore is allowing an average of 42.5 points per game … North Baltimore is scoring just 4.3 points per game while St. Wendelin is averaing just 11.0 points per game on offense … Last week: St. Wendelin couldn’t keep the Tigers’ skill players under wraps in a 49-7 defeat. Tim Luchini rushed for 63 yards and the team’s lone score. North Baltimore fell at St. Joe, 38-6 … Last year: North Baltimore rang up 77 points on St. Wendelin, which had minus-37 yards of offense. The Tigers threw only two passes and had 431 yards, and their last touchdown was an interception return by All-MAL defensive back Josh Eichar with 6:37 left in the game.

Riverdale FALCONS at Bucyrus REDMEN
CONFERENCE: North Central Conference
RECORDS: Riverdale 2-4 overall, 1-2 North Central Conference; Bucyrus 3-3, 1-2 LAST SEASON: Bucyrus 18, Riverdale 0 LAST WEEK: Crestline 49, Bucyrus 18; Lucas 49, RIverdale 12
NOTABLE: Riverdale’s Shane Rodabaugh rushed for 145 yards on 32 carries in last week’s loss … Riverdale has been outscored 68-6 in the first quarter this season … Bucyrus’ Jon McDaniel rushed 959 yards on 155 carries with 9 touchdowns … Bucyrus quarterback Jamie Campbell is 58-96 passing for 734 yards 6 Tds and 5 Ints … Bucyrus’ Jason Slagle has 489 yards rushing for 66 carries and 18 catches for 182 yards … The Redmen lead the NCC in rushing offense with 1,501 yards ... McDaniel leads the NCC in scoring with 68 points … Bucyrus senior linebacker Josh Massey leads the NCC in tackles with 79 … In the last two weeks, Rodabaugh has carried the ball 81 times for 330 yards for the Falcons.

Upper Sandusky RAMS at Galion Senior TIGERS
CONFERENCE: Northern Ohio League
RECORDS: Upper Sandusky 2-4 overall, 0-3 Northern Ohio League; Galion 1-5, 0-3 LAST SEASON: Upper Sandusky 56, Galion 8 LAST WEEK: Bellevue 60, Galion 6; Norwalk 41, Upper Sandusky 17
NOTABLE: Galion has dropped 32 straight NOL football games … Upper Sandusky dropped a 41-17 decision to Norwalk in the Rams’ homecoming game last week … Galion is giving up an average of 32.0 points per game on defense while Upper Sandusky is allowing 26.0 points per game … Galion is last in the NOL in offense 222.0 yards per game and defense 392.2 yards per game … Upper Sandusky sophomore Alex Falk is 56-128 passing for 765 yards with 6 Tds and 6 Ints. He also leads the team in rushing with 470 yards on 89 carries … Upper Sandusky’s Aaron Webster has rushed for 273 yards on 45 carries with 4 Tds … Upper Sandusky’s Ryan Burka ranks second among NOL receivers with 21 catches for 355 yards and 3 Tds … Kyle Loudermilk leads Galion defensively with 3 interceptions. He is also the team’s top receiver with 17 catches for 267 yards … Last week: Norwalk took a 13-9 lead into halftime, then ran off 28-straight points in the second half for a 41-17 win over Upper Sandusky, the Truckers’ first win of the season. Galion suffered a 60-6 beating at Bellevue, as Matt Clum rushed for 43 yards and Galion’s lone score … Last year: Aaron Wetherell and Kail Niederkohr ran for two touchdowns each, and Wetherell threw two more TDs to Niederkohr in Upper Sandusky’s 56-8 whipping of Galion. The Rams did not score until the 8:18 mark of the second quarter.

Willard CRIMSON FLASHES at Fostoria Senior REDMEN
DATELINE: Fostoria
CONFERENCE: Northern Ohio League
RECORDS: Willard 2-4 overall, 1-2 Northern Ohio League; Fostoria Senior 2-4, 1-2 LAST SEASON: Willard 6, Fostoria Senior 0 LAST WEEK: Shelby 56, Willard 0; Tiffin Columbian 41, Fostoria 19
NOTABLE: Fostoria has dropped 2 straight … Fostoria quarterback Micah Hyde is No.1 in the NOL connecting on 82-159 passes for 1246 yards 14 touchdowns and 6 interceptions … Fostoria’s Chase Munoz has 43 catches for 788 yards and 9 Tds …Hyde has also picked up 327 yards on 85 carries while teammate Chase Hampton has rushed for 328 yards on 63 carries with 3 Tds … Willard’s Lawrence Cavello has rushed for 299 yards on 45 carries teammate N. Robinson has added 222 yards on the ground … Willard quarterback Zach Thornton is 41-88 passing for 483 yards 4 Tds and 3 INTs … Eric Opathen leads Willard’s receiving corps with 16 catches for 209 yards … Game is at Memorial Stadium … Willard’s C. Mathias leads the NOL with 70 tackles on defense … Fostoria is averaging 29.2 points per game but are allowing an average of 28.0 … Fostoria leads the all-time series with Willard 9-3 … Fostoria beat Willard 110-0 in the first meeting between the two teams back in 1922 …

Columbus Grove BULLDOGS at Delphos Jefferson WILDCATS
CONFERENCE: Northwest Conference
RECORDS: Columbus Grove 2-4 overall, 1-3 Northwest Conference; Delphos Jefferson 4-2, 3-2 LAST SEASON: Columbus Grove 41, Delphos Jefferson 6 LAST WEEK: Columbus Grove 41, Troy Christian 13; Delphos Jefferson 33, Convoy Crestview 14
NOTABLE: Columbus Grove's Jeremy Harnishfeger tallied 3 rushing touchdowns and ran for 160 yards in last week’s win over Troy Christian … Grove QB Eric Maag was 6-of-11 passing for 114 yards. Maag hooked up on a 19-yard pass to J.J. Harris and a 34-yarder to Aaron Lamb last week.

Convoy Crestview KNIGHTS at Ada BULLDOGS
CONFERENCE: Northwest Conference
RECORDS: Convoy Crestview 2-4 overall, 0-4 Northwest Conference; Ada 4-2, 3-1 LAST SEASON: Convoy Crestview 55, Ada 18 LAST WEEK: Ada 56, Convoy Crestview 40; Delphos Jefferson 33, Convoy Crestview 14
NOTABLE: Ada’s Zac Dysert is 181-253 passing for 2,380 yards 22 Tds and 8 INTs … Freshman Heath Jackson leads Ada’s receiving corps with 68 catches for 838 yards and 3 Tds. Teammate Kyle Baker has 45 catches for 759 yards and 8 Tds … Jeff Wolber leads Ada’s ground game with 314 yards rushing on 47 carries and 9 Tds … Ada is ranked 10th in the latest Division VI Region 24 computer rankings … Crestview lost QB Ben Shindeldecker to a season-ending broken ankle earlier this season … Ada is averaging 44.0 points per game on offense and are allowing 34 points per game on defense …

Spencerville BEARCATS at Bluffton PIRATES
DATELINE: Bluffton
CONFERENCE: Northwest Conference
RECORDS: Spencerville 3-3 overall, 2-3 Northwest Conference; Bluffton 4-2, 2-2 LAST SEASON: Bluffton 14, Spencerville 13 LAST WEEK: Allen East 21, Bluffton 7; Lima Central Catholic 30, Spencerville 12
NOTABLE: Allen East’s Blaine Schmitt rushed for 235 yards and all three touchdowns to lead Allen East to a 21-7 win over Bluffton last week … Bluffton QB Tyler Neal hit John Guagenti on a 19-yard scoring pass with 10:28 left in the first half for the Pirates’ lone touchdown last week … In last week’s game, the Mustangs netted 284 yards, all on the ground, Bluffton rolled up 164 yards rushing thanks to 16 carries and 111 yards by Josh Falk and Neal was 14 of 23 passing for 94 yards for the Pirates …

Patrick Henry PATRIOTS at Bryan GOLDEN BEARS
CONFERENCE: Northwest Ohio Athletic League
RECORDS: Patrick Henry 5-1 overall, 4-1 Northwest Ohio Athletic League; Bryan 0-6, 0-4 LAST SEASON: Patrick Henry 43, Bryan 14 LAST WEEK: Patrick Henry 36, Delta 28; Wauseon 42, Bryan 14
NOTABLE: Patrick Henry, the defending Division V state champs, lead the NWOAL with a 4-1 mark but Evergreen, Wauseon, Archbold and Delta are all 3-1 … PH QB Tom Busch threw for 259 yards on 17-of-29 passing and 3 touchdowns last week … PH’s Drew Kuesel hauled in 5 passes from Busch for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns covering 9 and 52 yards … Patrick Henry’s defense did give up a big chunk of rushing yardage to Delta’s Derick Vickars who rushed for 172 yards on 19 carries …

Elmwood ROYALS at Gibsonburg GOLDEN BEARS
DATELINE: Gibsonburg
CONFERENCE: Suburban Lakes League
RECORDS: Elmwood 5-1 overall, 3-0 Suburban Lakes League; Gibsonburg 0-6, 0-3 LAST SEASON: Elmwood 53, Gibsonburg 7 LAST WEEK: Elmwood 14, Lakota 2; Lake 45, Gibsonburg 23
NOTABLE: Elmwood, the defending SLL co-champs, share the SLL lead with Otsego at 3-0 … Gibsonburg enters the game allowing 51.2 points per game … Elmwood has won 5 straight since a season opening loss to Hopewell-Loudon … Elmwood quarterback Dusty Brown moved closer to the 1,000-yard rushing mark by scoring on a 2-yard run in the first quarter and a 1-yard sneak in the fourth last week against Lakota. He rolled up 132 yards on 29 carries and now has 869 yards on the ground this season while also adding 83 yards on a 9-of-14 passing night with an interception.

Van Wert COUGARS at Ottawa-Glandorf TITANS
CONFERENCE: Western Buckeye League
RECORDS: Van Wert 1-5 overall, 0-5 Western Buckeye League; Ottawa-Glandorf 3-3, 2-3 LAST SEASON: Ottawa-Glandorf 26, Van Wert 0 LAST WEEK: St. Marys Memorial 42, Van Wert 0; Ottawa-Glandorf 28, Lima Bath 14
NOTABLE: Brian Recker piled up 228 yards rushing and scored a pair of touchdowns as Ottawa-Glandorf ran over Lima Bath 28-14 last week … The Titans punished the Wildcats by netting 367 yards rushing on 66 carries with John Kreinbrink also scoring twice. Overall, O-G rolled up 456 total yards, while holding Bath to 106 yards rushing and 136 passing … Van Wert has lost 5 straight since opening the season by beating Bryan.


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