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, October 19, 2006

Week 9 Football Notes

CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Arcadia 2-6, 1-6; McComb 6-2, 5-2
LAST YEAR: McComb 35, Arcadia 14
LAST WEEK: Arcadia 34, Vanlue 6; McComb 35, Cory-Rawson 7
NOTABLE: McComb is ranked fourth in the latest Division VI Region 22 computer rankings and should make the playoffs with wins in its last two games … McComb is averaging 30.,3 points per game on offense and has a 3-game winnings streak … Arcadia snapped a modest 6-game losing streak with last week’s win over Vanlue … Arcadia ranks eighth in the BVC on defense allowing 28.4 points per game …McComb quarterback Kevan Westenbarger is a BVC best 131-233 passing for 1,426 yards 8 Ints and 12 Tds … Arcadia quarterback Kirian is 73-150 passing for 947 yards with 10 Tds and 9 Ints … Derrick Hill leads McComb’s rushing effort with 673 yards n 103 carries with 13 Tds … Arcadia‘s Kirk Ridenout has 28 catches for 383 yards and 3 Tds while teammate A.J. Holman has snagged 25 passes for 367 yards and 5 scores … Inbody leads a strong group of McComb receivers with 35 catches for 402 yards and 4 scores. Noah Shoop has 38 catches for 363 yards and 3 Tds and Rader had 28 receptions for 256 yards and 3 Tds … Game is at McComb’s Doc Miller Field … McComb leads the all-time series 56-22-2 … Arcadia beat McComb 124-0 during the 1924 season.

CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Arlington 5-3, 4-3; Van Buren 4-4, 3-4
LAST YEAR: Arlington 63, Van Buren 42
LAST WEEK: Arlington 44, Leipsic 0; Liberty-Benton 56, Arlington 0
NOTABLE: Arlington is ranked third in the BVC in both offense and defense behind only Hardin Northern and Liberty-Benton. The Red Devils are averaging 32.6 points and 390.4 yards per game on offense. On defense, Arlington is yielding is 18.5 points and 231.8 yards per game … This is the battle between the defenses with the most interceptions this season in the BVC. Arlington has 17 picks while Van Buren’s defense has intercepted the ball 14 times … Arlington’s Travis Rettig, Richard and Paden Morehart and Van Buren’s Colin Stoffel all have 5 interceptions to lead the BVC … Arlington quarterback Jacob Drerup is 57-112 passing for 780 yards with 6 Ints and 9 TDS … Van Buren quarterback Adam Greer is 85-152 passing for 1106 yards with 10 Tds and 14 Ints … Arlington’s Travis Rettig is second in the BVC in scoring (125 points) and rushing with 1,038 yards on 151 carries with 15 touchdowns … Greer leads Van Buren’s rushing effort with 537 yards on 124 carries with 8 Tds while teammate Matt Pate has 405 yards on 88 carries with 5 scores … Arlington’s Heavrin (74 carries, 497 yards) and Treg Wells (58, 451) are both inching toward the 500-yard mark in rushing … Van Buren’s Colin Stoffel had 25 catches for 422 yards and 2 Tds while Logan Grant has added 19 catches for 240 yards to lead Van Buren’s receivers … Arlington leads the all-time series between the schools 61-18-2.

Leipsic VIKINGS at Vanlue WILDCATS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Leipsic 1-7, 1-6; Vanlue 0-8, 0-7
LAST YEAR: Leipsic 47, Vanlue 0
LAST WEEK: Arlington 44, Leipsic 6; Arcadia 34, Vanlue 6
NOTABLE: Leipsic did not report stats this week … The Vikings have scored just 47 points this season for an average of less than 6 points per game … Vanlue, meanwhile, is averaging 15.6 points per game but their defense is allowing a whopping 51.8 points per contest … Vanlue is the second most penalized team in the conference with 52 penalties for 428 yards … Vanlue’s Nick Lee is 99-196 passing for 1171 yards 18 interceptions and 9 Tds … The Wildcats’ Josh Kloepfer lead the BVC in receiving with 44 catches for 595 yards and 7 Tds. Arnold has 27 catches for 320 yards for the Wildcats … Lee leads Vanlue’s rushing effort with 509 yards rushing on 125carries with 7 Tds ,.. Game is at Vanlue’s Ercil Hinkle Field … Leipsic leads the BVC series with Vanlue 36-5

Liberty-Benton EAGLES at Hardin Northern POLAR BEARS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Liberty-Benton 7-1, 7-0; Hardin Northern 8-0, 7-0
LAST YEAR: Hardin Northern 21, Liberty-Benton 13
LAST WEEK: Hardin Northern 56, Pandora-Gilboa 14; Liberty-Benton 56, Vanlue 0
NOTABLE: Mark Heiman is covering the game for all the marbles in the BVC … Hardin Northern ranks first in the BVC offense averaging 450.5 yards and 49.8 points per game and they rank second in the conference in defense at 12.1 points and 230.2 yards per game … Liberty-Benton is ranked No.1 on defense at 7.5 points and 170.2 yards per game the Eagles are ranked second on offense at 442.4yards and 42.5 points per game … Liberty-Benton is the most penalized team in the conference with 61 penalties for 560 yards … Junior Nathan Bame leads the Polar Bears with 151 carries for 1242 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also leads the conference with 164 points … Hardin Northern’s Travis Bolen has rushed for 931 yards on 95 carries with 10 touchdowns. Clay Brunow has added 422 yards rushing on 45 carries and 5 scores … Wyatt Elbin leads L-B’s rushers with 906 yards on 118 carries and 15 touchdowns … L-B’s Michael Busch set a state record for career points by a kicker this week. Busch also leads the Eagles with 25 catches for 548 yards and 7 touchdowns … The Eagles’ Brandon Craft has 20 catches for 298 yards and 2 scores … L-B freshman quarterback Aaron Craft is 91-124 passing for 1358 yards 15 touchdowns and 2 Ints … Brunow is 15-32 passing for 444 yards 10 Tds and 1 Int … Hardin Northern is ranked fourth in the Division VI Region 24 computer rankings while Liberty-Benton is ranked ninth in Division V Region 18 … Hardin Northern leads the BVC series between the schools 32-8-1

Pandora-Gilboa ROCKETS at Cory-Rawson HORNETS
CONFERENCE: Blanchard Valley Conference
RECORDS: Pandora-Gilboa 5-3, 4-3; Cory-Rawson 3-5, 3-4
LAST YEAR: Cory-Rawson 42, Pandora-Gilboa 7
LAST WEEK: Hardin Northern 56, Pandora-Gilboa 14; McComb 35, Cory-Rawson 7
NOTABLE: Pandora-Gilboa still has playoff hopes as they are sitting 10th in the Division VI Region 22 computer rankings … Cory-Rawson’s defense is allowing 28.4 points per game … The Hornets and Rockets lead the BVC by fumbling the ball away 11 and 14 times respectively … Pandora-Gilboa’s Cory Forney has 813 yards rushing on 145 carries with 13 touchdowns … Cory-Rawson’s Andy Wagner has 703 yards rushing on 128 carries with 5 scores while Jeremiah Boss-Hummel has 490 yards on 112 carries with 7 touchdowns … Michael Howell leads the Rockets receivers with 23 catches and 225 yards and 3 Tds while Mike Shuey has 25 catches for 219 yards and a score … Boss-Hummel has 20 catches for 285 yards and 2 Tds for the Hornets … Pandora-Gilboa’s Ethan Luginbill is 68-102 passing for 641 yards with 9 Tds and 6 Ints … Cory-Rawson’s Joe Marshall is 37-107 passing for 470 yards with 5 Ints and 4 Tds … Cory-Rawson leads the all-time series between the schools 27-13-1.

Findlay TROJANS at Sandusky BLUE STREAKS
DATELINE: Sandusky
CONFERENCE: Greater Buckeye Conference
RECORDS: Findlay 2-6, 1-2; Sandusky 3-5, 1-2
LAST YEAR: Findlay 24, Sandusky 21
LAST WEEK: Fremont Ross 28, Findlay 21; Lima Senior 32, Sandusky 27
NOTABLE: Findlay was in last week’s game with unbeaten Fremont Ross before giving up a late touchdown in a 28-21 loss to the Little Giants … It’s gridlock in the GBC race. Findlay (1-2), Sandusky (1-2), Lima Senior (1-2) and Napoleon (1-2) are in a 4-way tie for third place in the 6-team league with 2 games to play … Game is at Sandusky’s Stroebel Field … The Trojans return home for their final game of the season next week against Napoleon … Findlay is averaging 21.8 yards per game …

North Baltimore TIGERS at Mohawk WARRIORS
DATELINE: Sycamore
CONFERENCE: Midland Athletic League
RECORDS: North Baltimore 1-7, 1-4; Mohawk 7-1, 5-0
LAST YEAR: Mohawk 35, North Baltimore 6
LAST WEEK: Hopewell-Loudon 49, North Baltimore 7; Mohawk 42, Carey 8
NOTABLE: Mohawk is ranked second in the Division VI Region 22 computer rankings and are No.10 in the Associated Press Division VI poll …Mohawk is averaging 38.4 points per game on offense … North Baltimore is averaging just 6.4 points per game on offense … The Warriors take on state-ranked and computer rankings lead Hopewell-Loudon in what will be a winner-take-all game in the MAL next week …

Fostoria St. Wendelin MOHAWKS at Hopewell-Loudon CHIEFTAINS
CONFERENCE: Midland Athletic League
RECORDS: Fostoria St. Wendelin 2-6, 0-5; Hopewell-Loudon 8-0, 5-0
LAST YEAR: Hopewell-Loudon 35, Fostoria St. Wendelin 7
LAST WEEK: Tiffin Calvert 33, Fostoria St. Wendelin 7; Hopewell-Loudon 49, North Baltimore 7
NOTABLE: Hopewell-Loudon is ranked first in the Division VI Region 22 computer rankings and are rated second in the latest Associated Press Division VI poll … The neighborhood rivals in this battle have streaks going in different directions. Hopewell-Loudon has won 34 straight games and an MAL record 25 straight league contests while St. Wendelin has dropped 22 straight games in the MAL … Game is at Chieftains Stadium … The Chieftains have a big show down in Week 10 against state-ranked Mohawk, who is second behind Hopewell-Loudon in the computer rankings …

Wynford ROYALS at Riverdale FALCONS
DATELINE: Mount Blanchard
CONFERENCE: North Central Conference
RECORDS: Wynford 7-1, 5-0; Riverdale 2-6, 1-4
LAST YEAR: Wynford 54, Riverdale 7
LAST WEEK: Wynford 42, Crestline 8; Colonel Crawford 24, Riverdale 18, OT
NOTABLE: Wynford is ranked third in the Division V Region 18 computer rankings … Wynford can clinch at least a tie for the NCC crown with a win over the Falcons Friday night at D. Ray Baum Field … Wynford has won six straight games and has scored no less than 42 points in its last 5 games … Wynford is averaging 33.4 per game on offense … Riverdale’s Shane Rodabaugh leads the Falcons with 1013 yards on 253 carries with 10 touchdowns … Wynford’s Jordan Oliver is 58-92 passing for 924 yards with 6 Tds and 2 Ints … Wynford running back Seth Cooper is averaging 11.1 yard per carry with 840 yards on 76 carries with 11 Tds … Wynford’s Nate Etler has rushed for 661 yards on 142 carries with 11 Tds. He also has 21 catches for 270 yards and a score … The Royals’ Kyle Schroll is second in the NCC with 34 catches for 677 yards and 5 Tds … Wynford is second in the conference in both offense 366.6 yards per game and defense 250.6 yards per contest.

Fostoria Senior REDMEN at Upper Sandusky RAMS
DATELINE: Upper Sandusky
CONFERENCE: Northern Ohio League
RECORDS: Fostoria Senior 3-5, 2-3; Upper Sandusky 3-5, 1-4
LAST YEAR: Fostoria Senior 47, Upper Sandusky 10
LAST WEEK: Norwalk 28, Fostoria Senior 22; Shelby 49, Upper Sandusky 16
NOTABLE: Fostoria did not report stats this week … Upper Sandusky’s Alex Falk is third in the NOL in rushing with 627 yards on 125 carries with 4 Tds. He is 75-170 passing for 1051 yards with 7 Tds and 7 Ints … Upper Sandusky’s Ryan Burka has 25 catches for 425 yards and 3 scores … Fostoria leads the all-time series between the two schools 15-3. The series dates back to 1901 … Upper Sandusky has dropped 5 of its last 6 games … Fostoria has dropped 3 of its last 4 games …

Convoy Crestview KNIGHTS at Columbus Grove BULLDOGS
DATELINE: Columbus Grove
CONFERENCE: Northwest Conference
RECORDS: Convoy Crestview 2-6, 0-6; Columbus Grove 3-3, 4-4
LAST YEAR: Convoy Crestview 25, Columbus Grove 19
LAST WEEK: Spencerville 35, Convoy Crestview 26; Columbus Grove 35, Paulding 27
NOTABLE: Columbus Grove is in the playoff hunt. The Bulldogs are ranked eighth in the latest Division VI Region 22 computer rankings … CG quarterback Eric Maag is 52-108 passing for 755 yards with 9 Tds … Grove’s Jeremy Harnishfeger has become the school’s career rushing leader with 3532 yards on 527 carries with 43 Tds. This season he has 1242 yards on 172 carries with 15 scores … Logan Rieman leads the CG receivers with 2r catches for 392 yards with 3 Tds … Columbus Grove has a modest 3 game winning streak and has scored 110 points (36.7 points per game) during that span … Crestview has dropped 5 straight since losing their starting quarterback to a season-ending injury.

Delphos Jefferson WILDCATS at Ada BULLDOGS
CONFERENCE: Northwest Conference
RECORDS: Delphos Jefferson 5-3, 3-3; Ada 6-2, 5-1
LAST YEAR: Ada 42, Delphos Jefferson 14
LAST WEEK: Delphos Jefferson 61, Upper Scioto Valley 6; Ada 21, Allen East 6
NOTABLE: Ada heads into this game with a 3-game winning streak … Ada, Lima Central Catholic and Allen East lead the NWC standings as each team has one loss. Ada takes on LCC next week to wrap up the season … Ada is averaging 42.4 points per game on offense … Ada’s defense is allowing 28.3 points per game but they turned in their best performance of the season last week in a 21-6 win over previously unbeaten Allen East … Ada is ranked fifth in the Division VI Region 24 computer rankings … Ada quarterback Zac Dysert is 224-321 passing for 2988 yards with 27 Tds and 8 Int … Ada’s Heath Jackson has 91 catches for 1131 yards with 6 Tds while teammate Kyle Baker has 56 catches for 960 yards and 10 Tds … Jef Wolber leads the Bulldogs rushing the football with 70 carries for 440 yards and 12 touchdowns …

Paulding PANTHERS at Bluffton PIRATES
DATELINE: Bluffton
CONFERENCE: Northwest Conference
RECORDS: Paulding 0-8, 0-6; Bluffton 4-4, 2-4
LAST YEAR: Bluffton 37, Paulding 28
LAST WEEK: Columbus Grove 35, Paulding 27; Lima Central Catholic 28, Bluffton 21, OT
NOTABLE: Bluffton has dropped 3 straight games including a 28-21 overtime heartbreaker last week to Lima Central Catholic … Paulding, the largest school in the Northwest Conference is seeking their first win of the season and are allowing 42.7 points per game on defense … The Panthers have dropped 10 straight games …

Woodmore WILDCATS at Elmwood ROYALS
DATELINE: Bloomdale
CONFERENCE: Suburban Lakes League
RECORDS: Woodmore 5-3, 3-2; Elmwood 7-1, 5-0
LAST WEEK: Woodmore 27, Lake 6; Elmwood 34, Otsego 13
LAST YEAR: Elmwood 28, Woodmore 6
NOTABLE: Elmwood can clinch at least a share of the SLL title with a victory over Woodmore Friday night … Elmwood also needs a win to keep their playoff hopes alive as they are ranked 10th in the Division V Region 18 computer rankings … Elmwood has won 7 straight since a season-opening loss to Hopewell-Loudon … Elmwood has outscored their opponents 96-6 in the first quarter this season … Elmwood is averaging 39.0 points per game on offense … Elmwood quarterback Dusty Brown has 1097 yards rushing on 185 carries with 20 touchdowns. He is also 41-69 passing for 716 yards with 8 Tds and 5 Ints … Elmwood’s C.J. Allums has 764 yards rushing on 8 carries with 6 Tds … Adam Sheline is Elmwood’s top receiver with 14 catches for 175 yards … Elmwood leads the all-time series between the schools 16-13

Ottawa-Glandorf TITANS at Lima Shawnee INDIANS
CONFERENCE: Western Buckeye League
RECORDS: Ottawa-Glandorf 5-3, 4-3; Lima Shawnee 6-2, 6-1
LAST YEAR: Lima Shawnee 24, Ottawa-Glandorf 13
LAST WEEK: Ottawa-Glandorf 35, Celina 0; Lima Shawnee 40, Van Wert 6
NOTABLE: Ottawa-Glandorf’s Brian Recker rushed for 200-plus yards for the third straight game in last week’s 35-0 win over Celina …Lima Shawnee is tied for the WBL lead with Wapakoneta at 6-1 … The Titans are riding a 3-game win streak.


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