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Titans clinch 3rd straight WBL title

KENTON, OH – Thursday night the Ottawa Glandorf Titans paired their own 43-33 victory at Kenton and a Wapakoneta victory over Defiance to be crowned outright Western Buckeye League champions for the second straight season and third overall title in a row.

OG jumped out to an 11-2 first quarter lead as they forced host Kenton into 10 turnovers but found themselves tied at 12-12 when Kenton connected on a pair of three pointers from Kori Barnett and Haylee Bushong.

Ashley Schroeder got Ottawa Glandorf on the board for the first time in the stanza with 4:52 when she hit one of two tosses from the free throw line and woke up a Titan offense that accounted for 11 points the rest of the way before the buzzer.

With freshman starter Kelsey Erford not available for the night it was Brianna Schimmoeller off the bench who provided the spark for OG as she stepped into a deep three in the second quarter, played solid defense and hit four key free throws to help secure her teams win in the fourth quarter.

Kenton’s only points in the second half came from the free throw line or from behind the arc. Having already shown they are able to connect from deep in an 18 three point night against Ada, the Wildcats showed off their love for the long ball in the second half as they utilized threes from Kori Barrett and freshman Jenna Manns to remain within striking distance of the Titans in the last eight minutes.

Free throws on the evening were also a saving grace for Kenton to keep them close to the visitors as they hit on 11 of 14 of their chances.

Kadie Hempfling led the Titans in scoring with a 13 point, 11 rebound, 6 assist, 8 steal performance in the victory. Despite forcing 27 turnovers by the Wildcats on the night the Titans gave the ball away 22 times themselves and connected on 6 of 10 from the line.

Kenton falls to 13-6 overall and 4-4 in WBL play with the loss and will next be in action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to take on Waynesfield-Goshen. The Wildcats were led in scoring by Kori Barrett with 11.

Ottawa Glandorf moves to 18-2 on the year and 8-0 in Western Buckeye League contests where they have now won 18 consecutive contests. The Titans will travel to Archbold on Tuesday night to wrap up non-conference play against as they take on the state ranked Blue Streaks.


OG (43):

Ashley Schroeder 5
Carri Johnson 8
Erin Kaufman 2
Brianna Schimmoeller 9
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Kadie Hempfling 13

FT: 6/10
3PT: 5 (Ellerbrock 2, Johnson, Schimmoeller, Hempfling)
TO: 22

Kenton (33):

Ellie Miller 2
Sidney Plott 5
Kori Barrett 11
Haylee Bushong 3
Layne Taylor 4
Lindsey Smith 2
Jenna Manns 6

FT: 11/14
3PT: 6 (Barrett 3, Manns 2, Bushong)
TO: 27

JV: OG 37-27


Roughriders roll to 4-0 in league play

KENTON, OH – Not only did their 30-13 win Friday night at Kenton move the St. Marys Roughriders to 4-1 on the season and keep them as the leagues only unbeaten at 4-0, it was also a monumental win as it pushed the schools all-time win total to 600 victories.

After choosing to take the ball first when they won the coin toss the Riders would waste no time putting up the games first score as they used four different ball carriers to move 60 yards in 3:06 and on top 7-0 when Ty Schlosser rushed in from 23 yards out for his teams first points on the evening.

Never to be out done by another team moving quickly and into the endzone, the Wildcats who entered the night as the WBL’s top passing attack utilized their five wide attack to break even at 7-7 just two minutes later when Jaron Sharp tossed his 10th touchdown of the season, a 3 yard score to Landon Rush.

Starting deep in their own territory following a booming Kenton punt the Roughriders moved 87 yards on 13 plays and back on top of the scoreboard at 14-7 when Braeden Dunlap tossed his second touchdown pass in as many weeks to Ty Howell, this time around a 23 yard hookup with 6:22 left in the opening half.

Another Kenton punt led to another long St. Marys scoring drive with 1:10 remaining in the second quarter when Shannon Fowler punched in from two yards out to push the advantage out to 21-7 and end a big 75 yard drive that featured five players carrying the football into the Wildcat defense.

Kenton was able to move quickly from their own 24 to the St. Marys 4 with time running down in the period thanks to the arm of Sharp, but were unable to finish the drive off with points before the break as Dunlap snagged a pass in the endzone to bring the threat to a close and send the Riders into the locker room with a 21-7 lead.

In the second half St. Marys utilized a school record three field goals in a single game by Junior kicker and all-time leading field goal kicker Gabe Vandever to run help secure and later push out their leads in the third and fourth stanza. Vandever’s field goals came from 19, 28, and finally 30 yards for the Riders only second half markers.

The lone Kenton score of the final two quarters came with 11:24 to go in the game when Sharp hooked up with Hunter Moore on a 9 yard scoring strike but saw their extra point attempt miss wide right to keep it a 14 point visitors lead at 27-13.

On the evening the Wildcats (1-4, 1-3) were held to 236 yards on 47 plays and finished with a pair of turnovers. Next week Kenton will travel to Van Wert to battle with the Cougars.

St. Marys finished the night by rushing 74 times for 388 yards and connected on four pass plays for a total of 43 yards. The Roughriders, who recovered all three of their fumbles will return home to Skip Baughman Stadium next week and look to remain the league’s lone unblemished squad as they host the Elida Bulldogs.

Shannon Fowler led the rushing attack for St. Marys as he finished with 22 carries for 135 yards while Schlosser ended the night with 97 yards on the ground.


Hempfling career night helps power OG past Kenton in WBL battle

OTTAWA, OH – Led by a career high 27 points from Kadie Hempfling the #1 ranked Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans kept their perfect record unblemished Thursday night as they defeated visiting Kenton 60-49.

Hempfling, the reigning WBL player of the year helped the Titans snag a 25 point first quarter as she scored eight of her 27 markers and was followed closely by teammate Kylie White who accounted for nine of her 19 points on the evening in the stanza.

In the second quarter it was the visiting Kenton Wildcats who flipped the script and turned their opponents miscues directly into points of their own. Kenton’s offensive attack was led by 2nd team Western Buckeye League selection Ellie Miller. Miller tossed in eight of her 12 first half points including her second triple of the game as she attempted to help the Wildcats keep pace with their hosts.

With the game tied 31-31 and under a minute to play Kenton took the lead at 32-31 when Sara Hoyt connected on a free throw with 46.4 seconds to go in the opening half. Kenton’s lead would be short lived however as Hempfling banked in a runner with just two seconds before the halftime break to put her Titans on top 33-32.

Turnovers and fouls began to mount up for both squads in the second half and it was Ottawa Glandorf who took advantage early as they forced Kenton into mistakes and put them up on the scoreboard to amass a 10 point lead before Kenton was forced to take a timeout.

Just four points would be scored by Kenton in the third quarter after having outscored OG in the second period 18-8 and the visitors would find themselves trailing into the final eight minutes by a 44-36 score.

As they had done in the opening period the Titans duo of White and Hempfling orchestrated a good portion of the OG offense in the fourth as they would combine for all but two of their teams markers in the quarter. Kenton connected on a pair of shots from behind the line from their leading scorer Ashley Morris and teammate Miranda Gibson, but it was too little too late for the Wildcats as they fell 60-49 when the final horn sounded.

Defensively the Titans got strong contributions from Ashley Schroeder, Erin Kaufman, and Lexi Schroeder on the evening as the trio helped force 19 Kenton turnovers on the evening.

OG (18-0, 7-0) will be off until Tuesday night when they welcome Napoleon to town for a non-league matchup while Kenton (13-4, 5-2) will travel to Riverdale on Thursday for their own non-conference showdown.

Box Score:

OG (60):
Ashley Schroeder 1
Erin Kaufman 7
Lexi Schroeder 6
Kylie White 19
Kadie Hempfling 27

FT: 10/18
TO: 12

Kenton (49):
Ellie Miller 15
Ashley Morris 11
Kori Barrett 3
Sara Hoyt 6
Layne Taylor 6
Megan Gier 4
Miranda Gibson 4

FT: 13/25
TO: 19

JV: OG 45-32


St. Marys blitzes past Kenton, moves to 4-0

ST. MARYS, OH – Through the first three weeks of the season the St. Marys Roughriders have been the Western Buckeye League leaders in points scored and did nothing to hurt themselves in that category Friday night as they rolled to a 58-14 home win over league rival Kenton.

The last time a Roughrider team put up 58 points or more, the current group of seniors donning the blue jerseys were 10 years old as they watched Coach Doug Frye’s WBL Champions hang 677 yards rushing and 68 points on Elida.

Behind a dominating performance from the starting offensive line unit of Junior Garrett Lauth and Seniors Joey Morlino, Jonathan Peterson, Adam Wicker, and Aaron McGraw the Roughriders rushed the football 58 times for 499 yards against a Kenton defensive unit who gives up an average of 181 yards per contest on the ground.

Kenton won the toss and chose to give St. Marys the football first to begin the game and the home squad wasted no time making their opponents pay for their choice as Eric Spicer jaunted in from 33 yards out to put the Riders ahead 7-0 with 9:46 remaining in the opening quarter.

As he did last week against Shawnee, Grant Keith picked off a pass and gave his offense good field position they once again wasted no time capitalizing on as Bo Kuenning bulled in from eight yards out to make it 14-0 St. Marys.

Trent Hites, an Honorable Mention selection at QB for Kenton last season responded when his team was in possession of the ball next and engineered a 74 yard play over the course of eight plays and hooked up with the WBL’s receiving yardage leader Chris Deardorff for a touchdown to trim the lead to 14-7 in the middle of the opening period.

Starting from their own 41 yardline the Roughriders again called on their Senior tailback in Spicer and again he delivered as he bounced to the outside and dove to pay dirt to make it 21-7 St. Marys.

On their next possession the Wildcats incurred a pair of intentional grounding calls against Hites, but it was the second one that was deemed to have taken place in the endzone that proved the most costly as it resulted in a safety and a 23-7 St. Marys lead with 2:28 in the first stanza.

With the ball coming their way via a free kick after the safety, the Riders traversed 51 yards south to the Kenton goal line before Dustin Howell called his own number and rushed in from a yard out for his fifth touchdown run of the season and pushed the score to 30-7 early in the second quarter.

Seven plays and 71 yards the Wildcats used on their ensuing drive to cut the Roughrider lead to 30-14 with 9:10 remaining before the halftime break as Hites connected on a nine yard hookup to Austin Buroker, but that is as close as they would come on the evening.

Fifteen seconds and 68 yards is all it took on the games next play from scrimmage for Eric Spicer to push the lead out to 23 at 37-14 as he scored for the third time in the first half with a touchdown that saw him knife through the heart of the Kenton defense and outrun everyone in his way for the final points in the opening two quarters.

Seconds after Hites had the ball fall out of his hands to the Skip Baughman Stadium grass, Matt Patten just as quickly scooped up the pigskin and gave his team their first offensive opportunity of the third quarter at the 50 yardline.

Both of the plays run on the following drive for St. Marys would see Julius Fisher, who entered the night with the second most rushing yards in the league pick up three yards and then 47 and a score to push his teams lead to 30 at 44-14 and cue the running clock for the rest of the game.

Another strong Kenton drive would follow the Roughrider touchdown but ended in a punt as Hites was sacked on third down. Following the punt the Riders began at their own 21 but wouldn’t stay there long as they would send Sean Perry into the endzone from seven yards out on his third carry of the drive and add another Gabe Vandever extra point for a 51-14 lead.

A pair of incomplete passes for Kenton brought another drive to an end minutes later and put St. Marys with the ball at their own 47. Using just under three and a half minutes the Riders put their final touchdown of the night on the board as Freshman Ty Schlosser scored on a 26 yard toss play with 52.8 seconds remaining and secured a 58-14 victory.

With their victory the Roughriders move to 4-0 for the second straight season and see their WBL record improve to 3-0. Kenton now sits at 1-3 overall after suffering their second straight loss and see their league mark fall to 1-2 on the year.

On the evening the Wildcats were held to -7 yards on 12 carries and finished with 54 offensive plays for 225 yards. Trent Hites, the WBL leader in passing yards/touchdowns/interceptions coming into the evening completed 27/42 passes for 232 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception while hitting wideout Chris Deardorff 12 times for 108 yards.

St. Marys accumulated 523 yards on 60 plays on the offensive end and were led in rushing by Spicer who toted the ball 16 times for 245 yards and a trio of scores. Julius Fisher’s 15 carries resulted in his fourth straight 100+ yard game to open the season as he picked up 121 yards and a touchdown.

Passing the ball the Roughriders were 2/2 from Dustin Howell and finished with 24 yards on the evening.

Kenton will head home for a date with 0-4 Van Wert next Friday night while St. Marys will begin their two week tour of Lima as they travel to Elida to take on the 2-2 Elida Bulldogs.

Hear St. Marys vs Elida beginning at 6:30pm with the pregame show here: St. Marys vs Elida Broadcast


All-WBL Football selections announced

The WBL Champion Wapak Redskins who will play this Friday night against Trotwood-Madison in the Division 3 Regional Finals landed 10 players on the 1st team offense and defense in the league teams announced today including WBL Offensive Player of the Year Cameron Lauck, Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year Corey Crawford (also won Defensive Lineman of the Year), and Kicking Specialist Tristan Meyer.

Joining Lauck and Crawford on the 1st team offense were teammates John Bourne (Center), Cody Klosterman (Guard), Kais Chiles (Tight End), and Colin Smith (Flex). Defensively the Redskins 1st teamers were Lauck (DB), Crawford (DE), Cort Merricle (Defensive Line), Jared Cockerell & Landon Hall (Linebackers).

Joining the Redskins on the 1st team were Bath Guard Tyler Shobe, Van Wert Tackle Nolan Smith, Elida QB Logan Alexander, St. Marys RB Eric Spicer, and Ottawa Glandorf WR Logan McDermott.

Defensively the 1st team was rounded out by Bath’s Kyle Lhamon, Kenton’s Aarin Tillman, and OG’s Connor Blossom on the Defensive line. The Bath Wildcat duo of Tyler Shobe and Bo Gross both made the team as a Defensive End and Linebacker respectively. In the secondary the WBL’s 1st was represented by Van Wert Senior Ryan Stoller and Bath’s Chase Clark. The Flex position was nabbed by another Bath defender in Dylan Burkholder.

With the exception of OG’s Bryce Utrup at WR the entire 2nd team offense was represented by a cat or dog mascot as 3 Bath Wildcats (Tackle Easton Rudasil, TE Dylan Burkholder and RB Bo Gross) joined 4 Elida Bulldogs (Center Tristan Edwards, Guard Tyler Kanitz, RB Cole Harmon and WR Brian Upshaw), 1 Defiance Bulldog (TE Abram Smith) and a pair of Celina Bulldogs (QB Caleb Hoyng/Guard Mitch Mabry).

The 2nd team defense consisted of Celina Freshman Seth Huston, Elida Sophomore Dan Tullis and Shawnee Junior Mitchell Shirk. Senior Defensive Ends Mitch Mabry (Celina), and Gavin Cross (Van Wert) joined Linebackers Zach Marks (Celina), Jack Cavanaugh (OG), and Evan Williams (Van Wert). Rounding out the 2nd team were Defensive Backs Jacob Stolly (Celina), Jay Garcia (OG), and Randy Slife of St. Marys who finished with a team high 5 interceptions.

Honorable Mention selections went out to 40 players, 4 from each school:

Bath: Tre Tenny, Kaden Sullivan, Jon Lieurance, Troy Korkate
Celina: CJ Kimmel, Ryan Harter, Austin Boeckman, Dussel Vondenhuevel
Defiance: Alex Gonzalez, Cole Allman, Jorden Scott, Kohle Clellan
Elida: Dylan Holcomb, Noah Mosley, Scott McDonnel, Noah Meeker
Kenton: Tyler Heintz, Austin Buroker, Trent Hites, Mason Crabtree
Ottawa-Glandorf: Zac Unterbrink, Connor Niese, Noah Recker, Jay Kaufman
Shawnee: Jalen Bagley, Austin Allison, Noah Hanjora, Spencer Jordan
St. Marys: Julius Fisher, Dustin Howell, Jonathan Peterson, Aaron Alexander
Van Wert: Justice Tussing, Gavin Gardner, Josh Braun, Jacoby Kelly
Wapakoneta: Cole Hogan, Aaron Huffman, Dylan Kuehl, Drew Voll


Riders rally past Kenton

KENTON, OHIO – It didn’t start off as a banner night for the St. Marys Roughriders as they found themselves down 17-0 in the opening half, but it sure ended as one as they outscored Kenton 35-6 in the second half to end a losing streak dating back to 2007 against the Wildcats.

Junior signalcaller Dustin Howell tied a school record held by 5 other QB’s in Roughrider history that first dates back to a 1959 contest against Kenton as he tossed a trio of touchdowns on the night. Bob Brown (vs Kenton 1959), Greg Ulrich (vs Celina 1971), Derek Turner (vs Bath 1987), Derek Dunlap (vs Elida 2007), and Jake Taylor (vs Defiance 2008) are the only other passers to have accomplished the feat before Howell on this night.

Kenton’s offense jumped out to a 3-0 lead on their opening drive as Chris Deardorff’s 25 yard field goal and pushed their advantage to 10-0 on their second drive on a 3 yard touchdown run from QB Trent Hites with 6:52 remaining in the opening stanza. After St. Marys Logan Maze was stripped of the football at midfield, Kenton pushed the score to 17-0 as under immense pressure, Hites fired a strike from 34 yards out to Deardorff for a score just in front of the outstretched hands of the defense.

On the games ensuing kickoff the Riders got a 68 yard return from Seth Vorhees that gave them their best field position to begin a drive at the Kenton 21. Using just a trio of plays the offense got on the scoreboard for the first time as Howell tossed his first of three scores on the evening, in the back of the endzone to Randy Slife to cut the Kenton lead to 17-7 with 6:45 to go in the second quarter.

Trailing by the same margin to begin the games penultimate quarter, the Riders offense again turned the ball over as a bad exchange to Howell was recovered by the home squad near the 50 yard line.

A pair of drives later and on the heels of the sixth Kenton punt of the game the Roughriders began their run of points in the second half with Howell’s second touchdown pass, a 66 yard effort caught by Eric Spicer.

With Kenton failing on their next drive to convert on a short fourth down play, St. Marys again took over as they looked to go ahead for the first time in the game and starting from the Kenton 38. On the drives 9th play Howell tied the aforementioned touchdown passes in a game record as he hooked up with Jase Green to go ahead 21-17.

In front of a suddenly nervous home crowd, the Wildcats next drive would end in a quick 3 and out. Despite failing to pick up a first down on their own next drive, St. Marys caught a break when a Jacob James punt was muffed by the Wildcats and gave the visitors new life at their opponents 35 with 9:06 left in the contest.

Even though he had to check out of the game earlier on after taking a big hit from the defense, Rider halfback Eric Spicer scored the first of his two remaining touchdowns on the ground from 35 yards out to run his teams lead to 28-17.

Kenton quickly responded to cut the lead to 28-23 in the game when less than a minute later Hites pass was hauled in by Deardorff for the second time in the game, this time from 4 yards out for a score. Down 5 and with time running out, the Wildcats went for two but an incomplete pass fell short of its intended target to keep the contest 28-23 with 8:19 left.

An unsuccessful onside kick from the Wildcats gave the Roughriders the football at their own 39 after being picked up by Julius Fisher, a Junior who played brilliantly on both sides of the ball in the contest.

Touchdown runs of 25 yards from Spicer and 16 yards by Fisher (following an interception of Hites by Austin Tester) were the final two scoring plays of the game as they resulted in a 42-23 win for St. Marys, their first in the series since beating the Wildcats 28-14 at Robinson Field in 2007.

For his part in the win, Eric Spicer finished with 24 carries for 160 yards and a pair of touchdown runs. Fisher finished the night with 33 yards on the ground and a touchdown, his second of the season and in as many weeks. Freshman Kicker Gabe Vandever continued to stay perfect in the extra point department as he successfully converted on 6/6 post touchdown chances.

St. Marys (4-0, 3-0 WBL) stays undefeated on the season and sees their first 4-0 start since 2008 when they finished at 9-3, as WBL Champions and as a Regional Semifinalist. The Roughriders will next be in action on Friday, September 25th at 7:00pm for their Homecoming game against the Elida Bulldogs (2-2, 1-2) that can be heard live on K94.3 FM or online at www.k943.com with myself and Dennis Cisco on the call beginning with the pregame show at 6:30pm.

Kenton sees their record fall to 1-3 on the season, and 1-2 in the Western Buckeye League. The Wildcats will return to action next week as they travel to Van Wert to take on the 2-2 (1-2) Cougars.


Riders end Indian skid

ST. MARYS, OHIO – For the first time since 2006 the St. Marys Roughriders and their fans can not only say they’ve defeated the Shawnee Indians, but also that they are 3-0 on the season as they downed the visitors 21-6 Friday night at Skip Baughman Stadium.

Quarterback Dustin Howell, who had a superb game in a loss to Shawnee last season finished off the opening drive of the game with a score by tossing a 25 yard touchdown pass to wideout Austin Tester to put his team on top 7-0 following the ensuing extra point.

Shawnee’s first drive of the contest looked as if it would be quickly stopped after just three plays but a defensive penalty on the Riders would see the drive continue with a fresh set of downs. Junior signalcaller Ray Manley, starting at Quarterback after Senior Griffin Hites suffered a broken ankle in practice earlier in the week would be stopped on a 4th down play and turned the ball back over to St. Marys on downs at the 40 yard line.

After forcing the second of three Roughrider fumbles on the evening, the Indians offense began their next drive with the ball at their opponents 19 yard line and used just one play to get on the board as Manley hooked up with Jalen Bagley for a score to cut the lead to one at 7-6 seconds before the half. Shawnee’s opportunity to tie the game on the following extra point was pushed wide right.

With starting backs Bo Kuenning and Chase Roop unavailable to play due to injury, the Roughriders were forced to turn to a stable of backs to replace their production, and found it from Julius Fisher and Eric Spicer.

Fisher, a Junior standout on the defensive unit barreled in from 7 yards out on his second carry of the third quarter to put his team on top 14-6 after a successful extra point from Gabe Vandever with 11:53 remaining in the game.

On the ensuing drive of the game the Indians were forced into a quick three and out, and a 12 yard punt that put the Riders in business at the visitors 40. Two plays after beginning the drive and again fueled by a quick burst by Fisher the home squad pushed their advantage to 21-6 on a 35 yard touchdown run by Spicer.

Offensively the Roughriders were led in rushing by Spicer who finished with 25 carries for 176 yards and a touchdown. Despite giving up almost 260 total yards to Van Wert last week, the Riders held Shawnee to 136 yards on 51 plays from scrimmage.

Ray Manley connected on 10/22 passes in the game for 61 yards, a pair of interceptions and a touchdown for Shawnee in a game that saw a combined 14 punts.

Shawnee (0-3, 0-2 WBL) has been outscored 108-12 and will now head back home to regroup before they welcome Van Wert (1-2, 0-2 WBL) to town for a Homecoming night date next Friday at 7pm.

St. Marys (3-0, 2-0 WBL) will head to Kenton to take on a Wildcats (1-2, 1-1 WBL) team that was beaten 35-7 Friday night on the road at Wapak. WKKI, K94 will be on hand to broadcast the contest with the pregame show commencing at 6:30pm on 94.3FM as well as online at www.wkki.net


OHSAA Playoffs Round 3

Friday and Saturday night the elite eight teams in each division will get one last chance at being a part of their divisions final four teams in the OHSAA playoffs. For the other half of the teams it will be a weekend of bitter disappointment as their seasons will come to and end just one game short of competing for a State Semi-Finals berth next weekend.


One of the teams you can count on to be still playing this time of year is the Coldwater Cavaliers. 5th seeded Coldwater enters their Division 5 contest against 7th seeded Huron at 10-2 while the 9-3 Tigers. The contest will take place at Findlay’s Donnell Stadium Saturday night at 7pm.

For Coldwater it will be a chance to improve upon their 4th all-time standing for most playoff wins and come one step closer to Youngstown Cardinal Mooney who sit in 3rd with 6 more wins than the Cavs at 58. Following their 49-21 win over Chippewa, the Chip Otten led Cavs have the 7th best record in OHSAA history at 52-15 (77.6%). Last season Coldwater finished at 15-0 en route to a 10-9 win over Kirtland in claiming the Division 5 championship and putting an end to a streak of 3 straight runner ups.

Huron is coming off of a hard fought 17-13 win over Loudonville. The Tigers finished 3rd in the Sandusky Bay Conference behind Clyde and Perkins. Huron will be looking to keep their season going and become the 3rd SBC team to win a State Championship, joining the aforementioned Perkins and Clyde who have each accomplished the feat once each.


Donnell Stadium will be rocking all weekend as Friday night will see the Western Buckeye League champion and 12-0 Kenton Wildcats bring their high powered offensive attack into the Flag City to do battle with the 12-0 NWOAL Champion Bryan Golden Bears.

Coach Mike Mauk’s Wildcats feature not only the offensive explosiveness of Senior Quarterback Grant Sherman who led the OHSAA in passing yards with 4,062 yards and 45 touchdowns through the air but also his #1 target in Senior WR Justin Sawmiller who broke the national high school record for receiving yardage this season by virtue of his 105 catch, 1,648 yard, 17 touchdown season as well as Kollin Stollar who has 15 touchdown catches.

Last weekend the Wildcats got off to a slow start as they were tied with Triway in the first quarter 6-6 with a trio of picks by Sherman, but found their stride in the second quarter and reeled off 40 straight points to win 46-6 and advance to the Regional Finals yet again. The Wildcats are making their 10th playoff appearance and sport a record of 24-7 all-time, a record they’d like to improve on with a win against the Golden Bears on Friday night and get one step closer to a 3rd state title in school history.

For Bryan it is nothing new to be overshadowed by Kenton, having finished behind the Wildcats in the last D4 poll of the season. Coach Kevin Kline and his Golden Bears are coming off of a 49-19 thrashing of Caledonia River Valley and have no problems putting points up themselves as they lead 42-6 at the half. If the Golden Bears are successful in their first Regional Finals trip they will need QB Austin Schimmoeller to have a repeat performance of last weekend against the Vikings who had only given up 14 points twice this season as he was fantastic in throwing four touchdown passes on his way to completing 14 of 19 passes for 194 yards in addition to rushing 11 times for 155 yards.


Historically the Delphos St. Johns Bluejays are the OHSAA Playoffs best team, but none of that matters this Saturday night as the Jays head to Lima Stadium Saturday night at 7pm to take on the Arlington Red Devils.

Delphos enters the Regional Finals with a 51-9 record in the playoffs, the highest all-time winning percentage in the playoffs amongst any team with 50 games played and just one better than fellow MAC mate Marion Local (50-9) who themselves will have a chance to add to their total this weekend.

Coach Todd Schulte and his troops will walk on to the Lima Stadium turf with an 8-4 record that is deceiving if you don’t take in to account that two of the teams they lost to (Coldwater and Marion Local) are each 2 of 8 teams left in their division. In their last outing against Tiffin Calvert, the Jays romped to a 42-10 win over the overmatched Senecas who could not stop the St. Johns rushing attack that saw Senior Runningback Tyler Jettinghoff account for 6 of the 7 Jays touchdowns. If the Red Devils can figure out a way to stop Jettinghoff they will still need to figure out how to stop the rest of the rushing attack in QB Nick Martz who himself had a 60 yard touchdown run in the opening round against Leipsic, or bruising fullback Luke MacLennan who himself has multiple runs over 50 yards this season.

Keeping the ball away from the Bluejays rushing attack will be key for Arlington and coach Dick Leonard who sport a 9-3 record and finished tied for 2nd in the Blanchard Valley Conference behind Liberty Benton. The Red Devils are coming off of an impressive 54-14 win over Hicksville in which they racked up 454 total yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground. In the win the Red Devils only threw one pass, but they really were never in need of throwing the ball as tailback Austin Rettig rushed 32 times for 290 yards and scored the Red Devils’ first seven touchdowns. Fullback Josh Elledge added another 100 yards on six carries for Arlington in the win.

The winner of this game will take on likely the winner of Triad and Marion Local next weekend in a HUGE matchup.


Marion Local currently finds themselves tied with fellow Midwest Athletic Conference schools Versailles, Delphos St. Johns and St. Henry in 5th place all-time with 6 State Championships and would love to move into 3rd place all-time by themselves with the schools 7th title. Before Marion can do that, they must first take on Coach Payton Printz and his 12-0 Triad Cardinals in Piqua at Purk Field Saturday at 7pm. The Flyers are currently 12-0 under long time coach Tim Goodwin and are the lower seed (3rd) in their bracket.

Last weekend the Flyers were on the wrong end of the scoreboard in Piqua for most of the game, but found a way late to come away with a 35-28 win against Covington. With just 2:34 on the Purk Field clock, the Flyers drove down the field and put the game in the hands of their University of Pittsburgh bound Senior QB Adam Bertke to win the game for them, and that is just what he did as he hit Troy Homan for a second time in the game to put his team into another Regional Finals. Marion will look to utilize their dual threat QB and let his decision making give them another night to play as he has done all season against a stingy Cardinals defense that is giving up just 14.0 this season.

The 12-0 Ohio Heritage Conference Champion Triad Cardinals are making just their 4th playoff appearance as compared to the 16 that Marion Local has made, but the pedigree of their opponent doesn’t seem to matter to the Cardinals who dispatched Sidney Lehman Catholic last week by a 14-7 score in a game that was 0-0 at the half on Wapak’s Harmon Field turf. Despite losing their defensive leader Tre McIntyre earlier this season to injury, Triad rebounded by forcing turnovers and turning them into points when it mattered to advance past Lehman Catholic.


Before the season I was told “the NWC is Ada’s to win”, and it stuck with me all season long as I had the opportunity to see the Bulldogs on a couple of opportunities. Both times I saw Ada play I got a different team, it was like night and day. There’s an old saying that “when we’re good we’re really good, and when we’re bad we’re BAD”, and it held true at times this season for the Bulldogs perhaps a little too well.

Struggling at times on defense to get stops, the Bulldogs and coach Bob Olwin sit at 9-3 after a dominating 35-0 payback win over the Crestview Knights Friday night in Wapak. In avenging an earlier season 63-12 loss to the Knights, the Bulldogs pummeled Crestview from every angle defensively in earning a Week 13 matchup against the 11-1 Green Meadows Conference runner up Wayne Trace Raiders Friday night at Lima Stadium at 7:30pm.

Ada will utilize their QB Matt Wilcox not only throwing the ball to Austin Dumbaugh, Hunter Waller, and Blake Ansley, but also running the ball to keep the defense honest. In the win over Crestview, Wilcox was impressive with his ability to read what the Knight defense was giving him as he hit his checkdowns all night for big gains. Wilcox twice found Hunter Waller for touchdowns as the rout began. Credit the Ada defense on their improvement since the first meeting with Crestview as they had a huge night in only allowing 151 total yards while creating four takeaways, a pattern they hope repeats itself Friday night against the Raiders.

Wayne Trace and coach Bill Speller will be making their first Regional Finals appearance in only the schools 2nd all-time playoff berth. 11-1 on the season, the Raiders have relied heavily on the arm of Senior quarterback Colby Speice who has thrown for 3,132 yards and 40 touchdowns.

In their last outing the Raiders snapped Tinora’s 10 game winning streak by scoring 32 1st half points and rolling to a 40-7 victory. In the win, Speice accounted for 4 touchdown passes including a 1st quarter strike to Korbin Showalter. In the two meetings with Tinora this season, Wayne Trace outscored the Rams 88-42.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend look no further than one of those great matchups. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @michaelhirnpbp as I will be tweeting scores and live thoughts from Lima Stadium during the Delphos St. Johns/Arlington matchup.


Red Devils advance

Tipp City, Ohio – One team entered the game with a nine year playoff pedigree while the other entered for the first time since 2004 just looking to continue their season.

For the Tippecanoe Red Devils Week 11 of the OHSAA football season is nothing new and they showed it tonight as they dispatched the Kenton Ridge Cougars 42-7 on their home field.

Kenton Ridge and Coach Joel Marratta were both making their second playoff appearance and at times their inexperience showed on the field where the Red Devils took advantage of their mistakes to get on the scoreboard on their first offensive drive. Sean Ford capped off a long drive for Tippecanoe by diving into the endzone to put his team on top 7-0 on a beautiful 22 yard run to get the scoring started.

Cameron Johnson added his first touchdown of the night on a screen pass from one of the two quarterbacks utilized in the first half by the Red Devils in Zack Blair from 15 yard out to put his team on top 14-0 early in the second quarter.

After the ensuing Kenton Ridge possession stalled at the Tippecanoe 30 yard line, the Red Devils once again took advantage with 2 minutes left in the half to go 70 yards and up 21-0 as Sean Ford got to paydirt once more, this time on a Blair 7 yard pass to put his squad on top 21-0 at the half.

Tippecanoe took the second half kickoff and upped the score to 28-0 as Sean Ford added the hat trick to his touchdown total by rushing up the right sideline past the entire Cougar defense for the score with a handful of beautiful cuts on the Tipp City Park grass.

Senior standout Jacob Hall who came into tonight’s contest as the CBC’s leading rusher with over 1600 yards made sure his team got to play in at least one more game before he heads off to Brown rushed in virtually untouched from 25 yards on the next Red Devils possession to put the score even further out of reach at 35-0 half way through the 3rd quarter. Hall finished with 123 yards on the night and now has 1,745 on the season which is his most in a season, eclipsing last years 1648 mark. The senior also has 31 touchdowns on this year.

Starting quarterback Ben Hughes got into the scoring action for Tippecanoe late in the 3rd quarter as he floated a perfect throw to Jarret Wasson that allowed him to outrun everyone in his path before punching it in from 26 yards out for the final Red Devils score of the evening that made it 42-0 heading into the 4th.

The lone Kenton Ridge score came on a punt by Hughes that Cougar punt returner Casey Turner who had been on the verge of taking one to the house all night long did just that from 48 yards out to give his team their first points of the game and make it 42-7.

Tippecanoe’s defense came in averaging just 7 points per game and showed why all night long as they held Kenton Ridge to 50 yards rushing and 7 points. The Cougars were forced to throw the ball 50 times but only completed 14 of their attempts and on a cool crisp night had a plethora of drops by their wideouts that did them no favors in big situations.

Cougar Quarterback Mitchell Schnieder at the half had 10 carries for 14 yards.

With the win Tippecanoe improves to 11-0 and will take on Thurgood Marshall at a yet to be determined site next Friday night while the Kenton Ridge Cougars will end their season with a 7-4 record and reeling with three losses in their last three games.

“We’ll watch film tomorrow and then take a month off before we hit the weight room to get ready for next season”, Cougars coach Joel Marratta said of his team after the game.