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Ottawa Glandorf wins top 10 showdown

ARCHBOLD, OH – 9th ranked Ottawa Glandorf traveled to Archbold to battle the 5th ranked Bluestreaks Tuesday night and emerged from the Thunderdome victorious 52-41 in non-league action.

Titan junior guard Erin Kaufman led all players in scoring in the game with a season high 18 markers and was feeling it early and often as she canned a pair of deep three pointers to put her team on top of host Archbold.

Entering this season Ottawa Glandorf had only ever connected on 10 or more three pointers one time, last season at home against Tinora. For the second time in three games the Titans hit that number from behind the arc as they combined for 10 at Archbold on Tuesday.

Trailing by a point at 17-16 with 4:04 to go in the opening period and with two of his starters in foul trouble Titan mentor Troy Yant elected to call a timeout to talk to his troops. Whatever Yant said to his ladies worked for the final half of the quarter as they blitzed to an 11-0 run before the break and a 27-17 halftime advantage.

Kaufman got the rally started with her third triple of the half to put her team on top 19-17 out of the stoppage. In addition to Kaufman’s three pointer the duo of Brianna Schimmoeller and Kasey Ellerbrock unleashed big shots to help push the lead before Erin herself ended the spree with a spinning layup off the glass for two.

While it was Andi Peterson who got the first shot from deep to go for Archbold in the first half, only Kamryn Hostetler would open the scoring for the Streaks in the third with her teams only other three pointer to keep her team within shouting range of OG.

Archbold connected on seven of eight free throws in the third and fourth quarters from Lily Krieger and Emie Peterson, but were never able to pull even with the visitors despite a big second half from senior Emie Peterson who hit for all 11 of her markers in that span.

In the final eight minutes the Titans got a balanced scoring effort off Archbold turnovers from Kaufman, Kadie Hempfling, and Ashley Schroeder to put their hosts away for the sixth straight meeting.

Archbold sees their record fall to 19-2 on the season with both losses coming to members of the Western Buckeye League (Defiance). The Bluestreaks will be back in action Thursday night as they do battle with Delta for the NWOAL title as both come into the game at 6-0 in conference play this season.

Ottawa Glandorf (19-2) has already clinched their third straight Western Buckeye League crown but will look to finish the season unbeaten in the WBL when they play host to the last team to beat them in conference play in the Wapakoneta Redskins on Thursday night to finish regular season play.


OG (52):

Ashley Schroeder 8
Kelsey Erford 3
Carri Johnson 2
Erin Kaufman 18
Brianna Schimmoeller 6
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Kadie Hempfling 9

TO: 15
3PT: 10 (Kaufman 4, Schroeder 2, Schimmoeller 2, Ellerbrock 2)
FT: 2/5

Archbold (41):

Brooke Kohler 2
Emie Peterson 11
Andi Peterson 11
Kamryn Hostleter 7
Lily Krieger 8
Leah Hall 2

TO: 15
3PT: 2 (A. Peterson, Hostetler)
FT: 9/10

JV: Archbold 29-27


Wildcatz dominate Predators

NEW KENSINGSTON, PA – Western PA’s Wildcatz ran their game plan to near perfection on Saturday night in Stars Conference playoff action as they routed the Northeast Ohio Predators 49-6. With the win the Wildcatz advance to next Saturday’s conference championship matchup against the South Buffalo Celtics.

Quarterback Michael Wilson continued his spectacular season for WPA as he had a hand in five of the seven scores by his squad on the day including a trio on the Valley HS turf that totaled 58 yards rushing.

Western PA started their first half scoring bonanza with a three yard touchdown run from Wilson that put them on top 7-0 just minutes into the game and continued in the late stages of the opening quarter when Wilson launched a pass that was hauled in by Bruce Thornton for a 33 yard score to run the advantage to 14-0 WPA.

With the NEO offense forced to punt for a third time in the first half, Wilson went back to work offensively as he finished off a nine play drive which included eight runs with a 35 yard scamper straight through the heart of the defense to put WPA on top by three scores.

Moments after Clark Brooks picked off an errant pass from Predators QB Julian Drish, the Wildcatz offense was at it again as this time Johnny Bynum rumbled into the endzone from two yards out to run the score to 28-0 with 4:12 left in the opening half.

Another interception and a huge return gave the home team the ball back at the two minute warning, and as they have done all season long the WPA offense went into hyperdrive with Wilson tossing a six yard strike to Thornton for their second hookup of the day to push the halftime lead to 35-0.

Out of the halftime break the Predators defense forced a turnover on downs with a big stop on fourth down to procure their own offensive unit a chance to climb back into the contest. Utilizing a nine play drive that began at the WPA 32 yard line, the Predators finally punched in a score as Julian Drish tossed a five yard score to Chris Netters. NEO was unsuccessful on the two point conversion so the game remained at 35-6 mid-way through the third.

Wilson’s last score of the game happened on the next drive, as following a return that allowed his offense to set up shop at midfield, he engineered a four play drive and ran the final 20 yards himself to push the score out to 42-6 near the end of the third.

Known for being rude to opposing Quarterbacks all season long, the WPA defense did just that to Drish on the Predators next possession as they sacked him three times and forced a turnover on downs.

Rapheal Hurd took over for Wilson in the shotgun on the next series and just like his predecessor wasted no time finding the endzone as the speedster from Pittsburgh jaunted past the NEO defense for a 62 yard score to make the lead 49-6.

WPA had one last chance to score on their final drive moments later, but a 43 yard field goal attempt from Kicker Jim Taylor was blocked.

Top seeded Western PA (11-0) with the win will now welcome the South Buffalo Celtics to town next Saturday night for a 7pm kickoff and an opportunity for the winner to host the PAFL Championship Game on August 27th. Earlier this season the Wildcatz were victorious over the Celtics in a hard fought 21-14 regular season clash.

Northeast Ohio sees their 2016 campaign come to an end at 6-7, just the second time in six years that the franchise has finished with a sub .500 record.


Predators shut out Mayhem

MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH – Northeast Ohio’s Predators evened their PAFL record at 1-1 with a 21-0 win Saturday night at home against league foes Mon Valley.

Offensively the Predators gave away the football on their opening possession with a fumble and saw a pair of interceptions and turnover on downs put a stop to a trio of other drives. With 5:53 left in the opening half the Predators put their first offensive points in eleven quarters on the Maple Heights scoreboard and capped off a seven play 71 yard drive with a Derrick Slocum seven yard touchdown run.

Mon Valley attempted to pick up a first down on fourth and three with a fake punt, but were stopped and forced to give the football back to the NEO offense with 1:54 remaining in the second period.

Starting at their opponents 23 yard line the Predators starter Julian Drish tossed a pair of incomplete passes on first and second down. On third down Drish connected with Danny Skalecki on a 23 yard score to put NEO up 14-0 with just :43 remaining in the opening half.

After ending the first half with a Delmar Cunningham interception the Predators defense continued their dominance of the opponents offensive group as they forced a quick three and out punt at the start of the games penultimate period.

JuJuan Jackson recovered a Julian Drish fumble and set the Mayhem up at their own 40 yardline, but again the Predators defense was ready to stop their opponents as they forced and recovered a Mayhem miscue to regain possession of the football.

Punts, fumbles and interceptions were the results of the next four drives of the game as the two squads traded the ball and field possession for the last half of the third and the opening half of the fourth quarter.

Derrick Slocum again cashed in for six points as he scored from nine yards out with 8:47 to go in the final stanza on a run that saw him start to his left and then turn across the entire field for the touchdown.

Leading 21-0 the Predators forced another quick turnover on downs and then ran out the clock on their last drive to secure the win.

NEO improves their overall record to 2-3 on the season and 1-1 in the conference play. With the win the Predators also put a stop to their first three game losing streak since dropping seven straight contests to end the 2014 season.

On June 4th NEO will travel down 71 to Medina where they will take on the Ohio Golden Knights in a 7pm rematch of a second round playoff game won by the Knights last season.


Predators open season with win

MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH – It might not have been the prettiest win but the Northeast Ohio Predators opened their 2016 campaign with a 21-6 win over the visiting Cleveland Patriots Saturday night.

Cleveland’s offense ran just three plays on the opening possession and netted zero yards before being forced to punt away the football just two minutes into the opening period.

Starting at the Patriots 38 yard line the Predators offense wasted little time in securing their first points of the year as Terrence Brown scampered in from 29 yards out down the left sideline to put Northeast Ohio on top 7-0 early with Zac Schultz’ ensuing extra point.

A 45 yard kickoff return gave the visitors great field position at the NEO 45 but the possession would be short lived as Jamal Gambrell scooped a Patriots fumble and rumbled 75 yards for the second Predators touchdown in just 3:05 of game action.

Trailing 14-0 with 6:05 remaining in the opening half, Cleveland mustered their first and only points of the ballgame on a jump pass touchdown toss from 6 yards out on the connection of May to Luddie. An extra point attempt was unsuccessful following the score for the Patriots to keep the deficit at eight.

Julian Drish’s first touchdown pass of the season, a line drive down the middle of the field saw him hook up with Cornelius Strickland for a 34 yard score to run the Predators lead up to 21-6 in the waning moments of the first half.

Combined the two squads finished with three fumbles, five punts, and six turnover on downs in the second half of play in their first game each of the season.

Offensively the Predators picked up 111 yards passing and 88 yards rushing while their opponents collected 96 through the air and 91 via the running game.

Northeast Ohio moves to 1-0 and sees their new Head Coach Melvin King win his debut with the team while the Patriots fall to 0-1.

Next Saturday night the Predators will be on the road in Chicago to take on the Chaos. Coverage will begin at 9pm EST and can be heard live on NEO Predators Broadcast with Brian Snow and DC Marbury on the call of all the action.

If you’re out and about you can also hear the contest via Zsportslive and the Zsportslive Android mobile app.


Predators open 2016 season Saturday night

MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH – The Northeast Ohio Predators will kick off their 2016 season on Saturday night at 7pm as they welcome the Cleveland Patriots into the Jungle at Maple Heights for a non-league battle.

Northeast Ohio is entering their 6th season as a Semi-Pro Football team and their third as a member of the Premier Amateur Football League, one of the best and most respected leagues in the United States. Last season the PAFL produced a pair of teams, the Columbus Fire and league champion Ohio Golden Knights who played for a National Championship at the end of their year.

Last season the Predators finished at 10-3 and secured their first ever division championship before falling 23-13 in the Stripes Conference Finals to eventual champion OGK.

With a new coach in place in Melvin King, the Predators will look to utilize a hostile defense featuring a hard hitting group that amassed eight PAFL All-Stars and surrendered just 132 points in 13 contests along trio of shutouts along the way.

Offensively the Predators will have a new signalcaller as David “Slap” Thompson and Julian Drish will lead a group that put up points at a 20.5 clip last season.

The first opponent of the season will be a third year squad beginning their second year as a member of the PAFL in the Cleveland Patriots. Last season the Patriots finished at 3-6 in league play and with losses in their last three contests by a combined 78-51 margin.

Two seasons ago however in their first year of existence the Patriots made a run all the way to the Ohio Football League’s North Championship game before falling to the Zanesville Jets. During their run to the conference title tilt the Patriots were victorious over the top seeded Western Reserve Scourge 23-16.

Hear every Northeast Ohio Predators game this season live as it happens courtesy of the NEO Predators Football Network: NEO Predators Football or with your mobile device courtesy of and their android app if you’re on the go.

2016 NEO Predators Schedule (Subject to Change):

4/23 7:00p Cleveland Patriots
4/30 8:30p @ Chicago Chaos
5/7 7:00p @ PA Jagz

5/14 7:00p @ Indianapolis Tornados
5/21 7:00p Mon-Valley Mayhem
6/4 7:00p Ohio Golden Knights
6/11 7:00p TBA
6/18 7:00p South Buffalo Celtics
6/25 7:00p @ Lorain County Nightmares
7/9 7:00p @ Erie Express
7/16 7:00p Indianapolis Tornados

*All home games to be played at Maple Heights HS (1 Mustang Way, Maple Heights, 44137)*


PAFL All-Star Game Broadcast

The 2015 All-Star Game will kick off at approximately 7pm tonight as the Stars takes on the Stripes conference. Hear all of the action live as it happens right here from Medina, Ohio’s Kenneth Dukes Stadium:

Live streaming video by Ustream

Game is also available via your mobile device by searching for WZOQ on the TuneIn App.


Knights bounce Predators from playoffs

MEDINA, OHIO – The Ohio Golden Knights started with a flurry on offense and finished with just enough of a punch Saturday night to send the Northeast Ohio Predators into the offseason. With their 23-13 win the Golden Knights advance to the PAFL Stripes Conference Championship game next Saturday night in Columbus as they take on the undefeated Columbus Fire.

Kent State University runningback Shawn Bayes finished with a fantastic performance against the NEO defense as he would score two of his teams three touchdowns in the contest, a 29 yard jaunt and a 79 yard explosion en route to 175 yards. Bayes first touchdown run came late in the first quarter with his team already on top 2-0 thanks to a Prishod Koonce safety of Predators QB Ryan Young, and the second with a minute gone in the second period to push the lead to 16-0 OGK.

Chris Green’s 44 yard kickoff return following the second Bayes touchdown run gave his offensive unit the football at their own 45 yard line with 13:46 remaining in the first half. Tragedy would strike the Predators however as on the second play from scrimmage of the drive Young would find himself driven from the contest with an apparent knee injury.

Backup QB Matthew Gambrell who competed for the starting job in the preseason took over the reigns under center for NEO and connected twice with Chris Netters to help set up a 44 yard field goal attempt by Zac Schultz. Despite having missed from 36 on the previous drive, Schultz’ kick sailed through the Medina High School uprights and trimmed the home squads lead to 16-3 with 7:21 left in the second stanza.

Neither team would reach the endzone in the final moments of the opening two periods so the score remained 16-3 at the break, with NEO receiving the football once play resumed.

Following a pair of punts, the Predators running game took over and made the best of their great starting position of the OGK 35 yard line as they used a handful of big runs by Derrick Slocum and a roughing the kicker penalty on fourth down to narrow the lead to 16-10 when Slocum himself bullied in from a yard out.

Defensively the Predators fed off the energy of the crowd in attendance to see them play and forced a three and out of OGK’s offensive unit. With the ball resting at the Knights 20 following another big punt return, Schultz connected on his second field goal of the game, this time from 40 yards out to push the comeback to 13 straight points and 16-13 near the end of the third.

Quarterback David “Slap” Thompson who earlier this season was a member of the Predators organization, and was making his second start of the season for the Knights led them from their own 15 to the NEO 25 before tossing the games only interception at the goal line to Predators defensive back Mandrell Hall.

NEO began their drive at their own 2 yard line and with Gambrell taking shotgun snaps from deep in his own endzone, but moved ahead 15 yards on an unsportsman like conduct penalty on OGK for hitting DeAngelo Thompson after he had dropped a pass. With a fresh set of downs now the Predators offensively moved the football into their opponents territory but could not pick up a first down and were forced to have Danny Skalecki attempt to pin the Knights deep.

After a false start penalty backed the offense up five yards, Thompson used the extra time he was given by his offensive line to throw a strike down the right side of the field into the hands of former Hiram Terrier standout Glenn Campbell. Campbell’s catch and run resulted in the games final score, a 67 yard touchdown pass that put the game away for Ohio’s Golden Knights and propelled them into the Conference Championship next weekend.

Northeast Ohio sees their season come to an end at 10-3 overall but with their first ever Division Championship. OGK (10-2) avenges a loss in the playoffs on the same turf at Ken Dukes Stadium at the hands of the eventual PAFL Champion South Buffalo Celtics and will now take on the top seeded team in the Stripes Conference the Columbus Fire (11-0), 31-10 winners over the Indianapolis Tornados.


On to Round 2

MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH – The Northeast Ohio Predators used a trio of touchdowns on the ground and one through the air from versatile runningback Terrence Brown in a 36-6 blowout win over the Columbus Gladiators Saturday night in the 1st Round of the 2015 PAFL Playoffs.

Following a Delmar Cunningham fumble recovery on the defensive end, the Predators got on the scoreboard with 8:55 left in the opening quarter when tailback Derrick Slocum, celebrating his 28th birthday jaunted in from a yard out to put his squad on top 6-0.

Brown scored the first of his three touchdowns in the game on the Predators next possession as he himself went in from a yard out to finish off a one play one yard drive that was set up by a 58 yard punt return by Antonio Daniels. Northeast Ohio extended their lead to 13-0 with 6:48 left in the opening stanza with a Zac Schultz successful extra point conversion.

Quarterback Ben Kershaw who finished 10/33 for 128 yards for the Gladiators on the day finished off the only scoring drive for his team just six seconds into the second quarter when he hooked up with wideout Don Douglas for an 8 yard score to cut the Predators lead to 13-6.

Northeast Ohio’s final two scores of the first half would come on a touchdown pass by the PAFL’s leading regular season passer Ryan Young, his 15th toss of the season to Terrence Brown, and a 33 yard field goal by Zac Schultz who will represent the Stripes Conference as the kicker in the upcoming All-Star Game on October 3rd in Medina, Ohio to push the NEO lead to 23-6 at the break.

Both teams were sluggish offensively in the second half early on, but the Predators finally connected on their first score of the second half when Brown waltzed into the Maple Heights endzone from 2 yards out with :31 left in the games penultimate quarter to make it 30-6.

Delmar Cunningham’s interception at the Gladiators 37 was quickly turned into a touchdown return as he jaunted 63 yards to paydirt for the games final marker.

With the 36-6 win the Predators are now 17-0 all-time when scoring more than 30 points in a contest.

Columbus finishes their first season in the PAFL at 5-6 overall while the Predators notch their third double digit winning season in the teams five year history. Northeast Ohio (10-2) will travel down 71 to Medina next weekend as they take on the Ohio Golden Knights (9-1) for the first time in the second round of the playoffs, with the winner taking on either the Columbus Fire or the Indianapolis Tornados the following week.

At halftime of the contest the Predators honored the last semi-pro team in the Cleveland area to win a championship, the legendary Cleveland Lions:


Saturday night’s game in Medina can be watched and heard live via the NEO Predators Football Network live at 7pm on or via the Tunein mobile app by searching Zsportslive.


Predators name All-Stars, begin playoff run

MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH – It is a big week for the Northeast Ohio Predators as the team released their 22 PAFL All-Star selections, and will open the playoffs on Saturday night against the Columbus Gladiators.

Based on leading the PAFL in their respective statistical categories, the following Predators received automatic bids to the All-Star game that will take place in Medina, Ohio at 730pm on Saturday, October 3rd:

Ryan Young (QB), Derrick Slocum (RB), Chris Netters (WR), Danny Skalecki (P), Zac Schultz (K), Cortez Robinson (DE), Markus Steele (MLB), Mandrell Hall (DB).

Also joining the eight players listed above will be 14 of their teammates as voted on by the organization as representatives for the Stripes Conference squad:

Kevin Sitgraves (DE), Roosevelt Collins (OL), Jesse Peters (OL), Hassan Brown (DB), Melvin King (LB), Jamal Gambrell (LB), DeAngelo Thompson (WR), Bijon Walker (TE), Diondre Carr (OL), Glen Williams (OL), James Hamilton (OL/DL), Terrence Brown (RB/WR/KR), James Keck (TE).

Saturday night the #3 seeded Predators (9-2, 6-2) will return to the playoffs after missing last season when the team finished 3-7. NEO will take on the #6 seed the Columbus Gladiators (5-5, 3-5), who are making their first appearance in the PAFL postseason after joining the league before this season began.

Ticket prices for the contest, which will take place at Maple Heights High School are available at the gate for just $5, with children under 12 getting in for free. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm and will also be available to watch online via the Predators Broadcast Network at or via the Tunein App by searching Zsportslive.

The winner of the contest will take on the winner of the #2 seed Ohio Golden Knights/#7 seed Lorain County Nightmares matchup the following week on August 22nd.


Cobras snake past Predators to close regular season

PERRY, OHIO – For the first time in 1463 days the Cleveland Cobras are able to say they have been victorious over the Northeast Ohio Predators, as they defeated them 14-9 Saturday night.

With the game scoreless near the halftime break, Cleveland QB Julian Drish capped off a 14 play drive that spanned 73 yards over the course of 7:29 by dashing to the left of the Predators defense and into the endzone for the only score of the first half.

Despite starting the second half with the football and moving quickly from their own 23 yard-line, the Predators offense would find themselves stymied and forced to punt the football when signalcaller Ryan Young’s passes fell harmlessly to the Perry Pirates turf.

Another big drive for the Cobras would be orchestrated by Drish on the ensuing possession as he led his team 52 yards in 7:26 before finding Bryant Milligan for a touchdown in the same spot on the field as his first half jaunt.

One of the games most controversial moments came with 12:30 remaining in the game when NEO tailback Derrick Slocum appeared to cross into the endzone on a 4th down run, but was ruled down before being able to put his team into the scoring column.

Cleveland’s possession after the turnover on downs would result in a run of no gain and a pair of incomplete passes that left them with 4th and 10 from their own goal line and facing a punt. With a heavy rush from the Predators on the way, the Cobras punter stepped out of the back of the endzone and gave the visitors their first score to make it 14-2.

Turnovers and punts kept the Predators offense from being able to score in the game, including the possession after the free kick as a handoff from Young to his backs fell to the turf and was picked up by Cleveland’s Gary Robinson.

Following a Cobras punt with 7:22 left in the game the Predators found new life and their first touchdown. Ryan Young connected on the first play of the drive from his own 44 to wideout DeAngelo Thompson for 36 yards to move the chains. In hurry up mode and following an incomplete pass, Young’s hookup with JaRon Williams of 20 yards and the subsequent extra point from Zac Schultz brought the lead down to 5 with 5:05 to go.

After another Cleveland three and out the Predators offense again went into hurryup mode as they quickly worked from their own 48 to deep inside Cobras territory with aid from a pass interference penalty. As time was winding down the Predators were faced with a 4th down attempt that would end with an incomplete pass inside the Cleveland 20 to give the ball back to the home squad to take a knee and run out the clock.

Cleveland (9-2, 6-2) will next play host to the Summit County Storm, a team they beat 58-6 a week ago when the PAFL playoffs begin on August 15th.

Northeast Ohio (9-2, 6-2) like the Cobras will enter the postseason as their conferences 3rd seed and take on the Columbus Gladiators August 15th at 7pm in Maple Heights. If you can’t make the contest you can listen live on or watch via the Predators Broadcast crew at