MAC Football Previews

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Anna: WOSN Preview

Coldwater: WOSN Preview

Delphos St. John’s: WOSN Preview

Fort Recovery: WOSN Preview

Marion Local: WOSN Preview

Minster: WOSN Preview

New Bremen: WOSN Preview

Parkway: WOSN Preview

St. Henry: WOSN Preview

Versailles: WOSN Preview

12/7 OHSAA Football Playoffs State Championships

OHSAADivision V State Championship
Coldwater 24 Columbus Bishop Hartley 7 Box Score | WOSN Highlights

Division VII State Championship
Marion Local 33 Glouster Trimble 0 Box Score | WOSN Highlights

MAC Football State Championship Previews

week15MACThe final week of the 2013 high school football season has arrived, and once again the Midwest Athletic Conference will have the opportunity to bring home a couple of state championships from Stark County, repeating the feat from a year ago.  Both the Marion Local Flyers and Coldwater Cavaliers are in action at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon on Saturday, as the Flyers take on the Glouster Trimble Tomcats and the Cavaliers will square off against the Bishop Hartley Hawks in a re-match of their week-two confrontation from earlier in the season.  The Flyers ended Delphos St. John’s season last week with a 35-6 victory, while the Cavaliers advanced with a 35-10 triumph over West Jefferson.

MARION LOCAL – TRIMBLE
When the Division VI format was introduced to begin this season, many fans felt the title was the Flyers’ to lose.  They have proven the pundits correct as they will be going for their third title in a row and the program’s seventh overall this weekend.  The 14-0 Flyers have averaged nearly 46 points per game in the playoffs and allowed 12 each time out.  The Blue and Gold have been challenged only once in the post-season – two weeks ago against Covington when they captured the 35-28 victory, but other than that no one has come within four touchdowns.  Last week against St. John’s, the Flyers piled up more than 400 yards of offense, led by running back Jacy Goettemoeller’s 134 on the ground and Adam Bertke’s 228 and three touchdowns through the sky.  Defensively, the Flyers limited St. John’s vaunted rushing attack to 167 yards.  “I think the offense played pretty consistent the whole game,” explained Marion Local head coach Tim Goodwin, who picked up his 51st career playoff victory over the Blue Jays. “We feel as though we left a couple of scores out there, but part of that was that was that we were playing against St. John’s.  We struggled early defensively making tackles, but I feel as though we adjusted after the first quarter and played well overall from that point.”

Flyer fans likely had to refer to a map this week to figure out where Glouster Trimble was from, but the Athens County school is making their tenth playoff appearance since 1980 and hold a 3-9 overall post-season record.  This season marks their fifth appearance in the past six years as they enter the contest with an unblemished record of 14-0 and a number three ranking in the final Associated Press Poll.  The Tomcats average 43 points per game and their average margin of victory this season has been 34 points with their stiffest contests coming in the past few weeks, winning by an average of just over five points per game.  A victory for the Flyers this week will push them past St. Henry and Versailles for the most football state championships in MAC history.  “Our coaches have actually followed them throughout the year because we saw them against Newark Catholic in a close game last year and heard that they had a lot back this year,” commented Goodwin.  “Their defense has not given up many points this year, and I am sure that they feel it is their strength.  They are pretty balanced between run and pass offensively, and their quarterback is a quick kid running ball.  It is a lot of fun to go through the playoff process with the team.  Each week it seems as though the players and coaches become closer and stronger as a unit.”

COLDWATER – HARTLEY
When Coldwater and Hartley locked horns in week two of the regular season, the Cavaliers were coming off of a season-opening loss to Kenton and knew that in order to make the post-season for the 17th year in a row a win over the Hawks was a must.  It was a tight game for a little more than a half, but the Cavs blasted to the 41-16 victory by the time the smoke finally cleared.  Despite the decisive victory, Cavalier head coach Chip Otten understands this time around will be completely different as his team makes their fifth straight appearance in the title game after winning it all last season against Kirtland.  “It is great satisfaction to see our players, and especially the seniors, get their chance to prove that they can continue the tradition of making the playoffs and now to play in the state championship,” Otten remarked.  “I am thankful for all the support of the school, athletic department, community, and parents.  I am especially grateful to the coaches that I work with every day.  I am fortunate to be at Coldwater.”

Last week, the Cavaliers eliminated West Jefferson 35-10 and were ignited by another outstanding performance from junior quarterback Brody Hoying, who ran for three scores and threw for two more touchdowns in the victory.  “The West Jefferson game was a good win for us – they were a good team and it was a four-quarter game,” Otten commented.  “Unfortunately for them, when their quarterback got hurt it really took away a huge part of their run offense.  Our run game also continued to evolve and our skill guys continued to spread the wealth and make plays.”

The fourth-ranked Hawks responded with 12 straight wins after their setback to the Cavaliers against eight teams who finished the year with winning records.  Following their 64-7 victory over Zane Trace to start the post-season, Hartley has notched wins over Liberty Union, Wheelersburg, and Manchester in the past three weeks by an average of 22 points per contest.  Hartley’s lone other post-season meeting with a Midwest Athletic Conference school was in 2004 when they fell to St. Henry 35-7 in the regional semi-finals.  A win for the Cavaliers this Friday will mark the first time in school history they win two state football titles in a row and their four titles overall will elevate them as the fifth conference school to hit the milestone.  “The score of our previous game against Hartley was not a great indicator of the battle,” Otten pointed out. “I think both teams are improved and both have played several good teams this season. They are different now offensively with the addition of Alonso Sexton (Duke commitment), who only played defense in the first game due to an injury in the preseason. We are looking forward to a great challenge for us to beat them a second time this season.”

by Robb Hemmelgarn

The MAC is well represented on the 2013 All-Ohio Football Teams.

football_150The MAC was well represented on the 2013 Division V, VI & VII All-Ohio Teams.

Division V All-Ohio Teams
1st Team Quarterback: Brody Hoying, Coldwater (Division V Offensive Player of the Year)
1st Team Linebacker: Mitch Schoenherr, Coldwater
1st Team Defensive Back: Adam Klosterman, Coldwater
3rd Team Offensive Lineman: Austin Klosterman, Coldwater
Special Mention: Andrew Schwieterman, Coldwater

Division VI All-Ohio Teams
2nd Team Offensive End: Ethan Wolf, Minster
Special Mention: Damien Richard, Versailles; Kyle Dieringer, Versailles; Eli Wolf, Minster

Division VII All-Ohio Teams
1st Team Running Back: Tyler Jettinghoff, Delphos St. John’s (Division VII Co-Offensive Player of the Year)
1st Team Linebacker: Jacob Kunkler, Marion Local (Division VII Co-Defensive Player of the Year)
Division VII Co-Coach of the Year: Tim Goodwin, Marion Local
2nd Team Offensive Lineman: Spencer Ginter, Delphos St. John’s
2nd Team Offensive Lineman: Jason Brunswick, Marion Local
2nd Team Quarterback: Adam Bertke, Marion Local
2nd Team Defensive Lineman: Peyton Kramer, Marion Local
2nd Team Defensive Back: Dustin Rethman, Marion Local
3rd Team Offensive End: Troy Homan, Marion Local
3rd Team Linebacker: Cody Looser, Delphos St. John’s

2013 OHSAA Football Playoff Brackets

OHSAADivision V
State Tournament
State Championship
12/07: Coldwater 24 Columbus Bishop Hartley 7

State Semifinal
11/30: Coldwater 35 West Jefferson 10

Regional Tournament – Region 16
Regional Championship
11/23: Coldwater 60 Huron 13

Regional Semifinal
11/16: Coldwater 49 Doylestown Chippewa 21

Regional Quarterfinal
11/9: Coldwater 42 Pemberville Eastwood 16

Division VII
State Tournament
State Championship
12/07: Marion Local 33 Glouster Trimble 0

State Semifinal
11/30: Marion Local 35 Delphos St. John’s 6

Regional Tournament – Region 24
Regional Championship
11/23: Delphos St. John’s 33 Arlington 0

Regional Semifinal
11/16: Delphos St. John’s 42 Calvert 10

Regional Quarterfinal
11/9: Delphos St. John’s 33 Leipsic 18

Regional Tournament – Region 26
Regional Championship
11/23: Marion Local 50 Triad 0

Regional Semifinal
11/16: Marion Local 35 Covington 28

Regional Quarterfinal
11/9: Marion Local 63 Fort Loramie 14

11/30 OHSAA Football Playoffs State Semifinals

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Division V State Semifinal at Piqua HS
Coldwater 35 West Jefferson 10, final

Division VII State Semifinal at Wapakoneta HS
Marion Local 35 Delphos St. John’s 6, final

11/23 OHSAA Football Playoff Regional Championships

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Division V Regional Championship at Findlay HS
Coldwater 60 Huron 13 WOSN Highlights

Division VII Regional Championship at Lima Senior HS
Delphos St. John’s 33 Arlington 0 WOSN Highlights

Division VII Regional Championship at Piqua HS
Marion Local 50 Triad 0 WOSN Highlights

Week 13 MAC Playoff Previews

week13MACFor the second week in a row, all three Midwest Athletic Conference teams logged playoff victories and advanced toward their respective goals of state football championships in the coming weeks.  The Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays and Coldwater Cavaliers had little trouble in their respective regional semi-final contests, while the Marion Local Flyers made things interesting by pulling out their victory in the closing minute.  Coldwater dismantled Doylestown Chippewa 49-21 in Tiffin while over in Findlay, the Blue Jays eliminated the Tiffin Calvert Senecas, 42-10.  In Piqua, the Flyers needed a last-minute touchdown to pull ahead of Covington before going on to win by the 35-28 final.  This week on Saturday, the Blue Jays will square off with Arlington at Lima Stadium, Coldwater will face Huron at Donnell Stadium in Findlay and Marion Local will return to Piqua to meet up with unbeaten Triad in the regional finals.

MARION LOCAL – TRIAD

Last week, the Flyers bashed helmets with Covington knowing their possessions would be limited.  In the first half, Covington had three offensive series, while the Flyers had only two.  Unfortunately for Flyer fans, they found themselves down 14-7 at intermission.  The Blue and Gold climbed back into it though and with 2:34 remaining, went on their final drive of the night which ended with a touchdown pass from Adam Bertke to Troy Homan with less than 30 seconds to play.  The score bumped the Flyers in front for good, 35-28.  Homan finished the game with eight catches for 65 yards and a pair of scores, while Bertke connected on 16 of his 28 pass attempts for 199 yards and three touchdowns.  “A game like that is hard to predict sometimes – we knew that the Covington was an excellent team with a very unique offense,” Flyer head coach Tim Goodwin explained.  “We prepared the best that we could and our players played hard and it was just a tight game overall.  Adam Bertke was clutch when we needed him just as he has done for us many times in the playoffs before.  Hunter Wilker and Troy Homan also made some big plays, and Austin Albers had a huge catch on fourth down at the end of the game. Overall, our kids played as hard as they could.

The 12-0 Flyers will return to Alexander Stadium this week to face top-seeded Triad, who brings an identical 12-0 record to the table.   The Cardinals hit week 13 on the heels of playoff victories over league-foe Cedarville and Sidney Lehman and have enjoyed eight victories against teams with winning records this season.  “Triad is a spread team with good balance between run and pass,” Goodwin pointed out.  “They have been battling injuries and they had a very gutty performance against Lehman with many of their better players not able to go.  They are another undefeated team with a lot of resolve, so we just need to continue doing our thing.”

COLDWATER – HURON

The Cavaliers wasted little time last week setting the tone in their victory over the Chipps by going 70 yards in eight plays in a drive that was capped off with a 13-yard pass from quarterback Brody Hoying to Adam Klosterman.  Coldwater added another touchdown a little later in the opening period before taking a 21-0 command into the locker room with them at halftime, as the Orange and Black out-offensed the Chipps 315-56 in the opening two periods.  They continued to add to their advantage with another touchdown less than a minute into the third quarter, and continued to roll from there by building a 49-0 lead before the Chipps scored three times at the end of the third and throughout the fourth quarter.  “Things definitely went the way we had hoped on Saturday,” remarked Coldwater head coach Chip Otten.  “The offense executed well and made big plays with several guys touching the ball. The defense was also very physical up front and stopped the run.  Our offensive and defensive lines were the standouts for the game – we really dominated the line of scrimmage with our technique and athleticism.  Offensively, center Austin Klosterman, guards Blake Spangler and Caleb Madaj, and tackles Jared Post and Nick Clune got the job done as did defensive linemen  Mitch Fullenkamp and Austin Klosterman at tackles and Nick Clune and Andrew Schwieterman on the ends.”

This week, the Cavaliers will tangle with Huron, a program they eliminated from the Division IV post-season in 2004 and again in 2005.  Huron meets them with an overall record of 9-3 with two of their losses coming to 11-1 Clyde and 11-1 Sandusky Perkins.  The Tigers closest victory unfolded last week when they edged Loudonville 17-13 and they are currently riding a two game winning streak after their regular season-ending loss to Clyde, 30-6.  “We have watched Huron on film and they are a solid team with an explosive quarterback,” commented Otten.  “They are similar to us in that they have athleticism across the board with multiple playmakers on offense and eleven guys who can run on defense.  Controlling a Brody Hoying-like quarterback will be the biggest challenge for us in Findlay on Saturday.   We will need to find what tools will work for us as the game goes along on offense – we feel like we have enough weapons to move the ball, but it’s finding the right ones at the right the time that will be the key.”

DELPHOS ST. JOHN’S – ARLINGTON

Last week against Tiffin Calvert, St. John’s head coach Todd Schulte had two objectives – continue to establish strong play up front while maintaining a powerful running attack and prevent Calvert’s all-everything quarterback from striking with big plays.  When the dust settled, the Blue Jay’s mission was accomplished on both fronts as they left Donnell Stadium with the 42-10 victory.  Senior running back Tyler Jettinghoff was a one-man wrecking crew for the Blue Jays as he rushed for 199 yards on 23 carries and crossed the goal line for all six of St. John’s touchdowns.  He picked up touchdown runs of 2, 65, 2, 36, and 8, while adding an 84-yard kickoff return to his evening to open the second half.  The 32-point victory helped the Jays to improve to 8-4 on the season, including victories in their last six games.  “I thought early in the game that we may have been a little surprised by the speed on their defensive line, but once we got comfortable with that it was business as usual,” head coach Todd Schulte pointed out.  “I thought our defensive line and backs played very well throughout the game – we had nine tackles for loss and eight pass blocks, so that is definitely something that will need to continue.”

St. John’s will take on Arlington this week, another program they have enjoyed a successful post-season against in the past.  The Blue Jays topped Arlington in the playoffs 24-7 in 2008, while blasting them again the following year by a final of 56-0.  The Red Devils come into the regional finals as the winners of three straight including last week’s playoff victory over Hicksville, 54-14.  Their three setbacks this season were to McComb, Liberty Center, and Liberty Benton.  “They are big up front on both sides of the ball and are led by their standout tailback,” Schulte advised.  “He has rushed for over 1800 yards and close to 40 touchdowns this season, and in the past two weeks alone he has picked up 505 yards!  The key for us this week will be to slow down the run game.”

By Robb Hemmelgarn

 

 

 

 

 

11/16 OHSAA Football Playoff Regional Semifinals

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Division V Regional Semifinal – Region 16 at Tiffin Columbian HS:
Coldwater 49 Doylestown Chippewa 21 WOSN Highlights

Division VII Regional Semifinal – Region 24 at Findlay HS:
Delphos St. John’s 42 Calvert 10 WOSN Highlights

Division VII Regional Regional Semifinal – Region 26 at Piqua HS
Marion Local 35 Covington 28 WOSN Highlights

Week 12 MAC Playoff Previews

football_150Three Midwest Athletic Conference teams began their playoff trek last week and each survived for another week as they prepare for their respective regional semi-finals this Saturday.  Coldwater upended Eastwood 42-16 last Saturday, while Delphos St. John’s eliminated Leipsic 33-18, and Marion Local blasted Fort Loramie, 63-14.  Since 1981, the MAC is 51-1 all-time in opening-round playoff games against teams from outside the conference.  This weekend, the Cavaliers will square off with Doylestown Chippewa, while St. John’s will meet Tiffin Calvert, and Marion Local will face Covington.

MARION LOCAL – COVINGTON
Last week, the Flyers had no trouble kicking the Fort Loramie Redskins from the post-season.  Flyer fans welcomed the return of several individuals who have missed recent weeks due to injury, but especially quarterback Adam Bertke, who finished the game 7/8 for 137 yards and two touchdowns.  The Pitt-bound senior also ran for a pair of scores in the victory.  “We played at a high level offensively which was nice to see with some of our guys playing after being out for a period of time,” Flyer head coach Tim Goodwin explained.  “Adam is our leader offensively – he is talented and has played in so many big games.  Getting him back right in time for the playoffs gave us a big boost mentally.  The fact that we didn’t punt and scored nine touchdowns was definitely a pleasant surprise.”

On Saturday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua, the Flyers will tangle with the Covington Buccs, who currently sit at 11-0 overall.  The Buccs closest game in 2013 was a 22-14 win over Tri-County North, but other than that they blasted opponents by an average of 46 points.  Covington is 0-8 in post-season play against the MAC since 1996, with four of those losses coming to the Flyers,   The two squads last squared off in 2009, with the Flyers capturing the 20-17 victory.  “Covington runs a flex-bone option attack, something that we have not seen since we played them in 2009,” Goodwin pointed out.  “It is unique and their whole philosophy is different from what is the norm right now in our league.  Possessions will be limited so we need to be efficient when we have the ball.  Defensively, we need to be disciplined and physical in order to come out on top this week.”

COLDWATER – DOYLESTOWN CHIPPEWA
The Cavaliers opened their 18th consecutive post-season by dismantling Pemberville Eastwood 42-16.  This week, Coldwater fans will make another long haul when they head to Tiffin to bash helmets with the Doylestown Chippewa Chips.  “Distance is not an issue for us,” head coach Chip Otten assured.  “We make sure we aren’t rushed – we stop at a rest area along the way and travel pretty relaxed.  Both teams have to travel now, so it really isn’t a disadvantage.”

Against Eastwood, the Coldwater running game was dominant with 272 yards, and Otten expects the same this week while realizing the passing attack will also need to get into the mix.  Brody Hoying ran for 223 yards, while Mitch Schoenherr added 37 on eight carries in their week 11 victory that pushed their team to 9-2 on the season.  “We are continuing to run the ball very well with Brody Hoying and Mitch Schoenherr,” Otten remarked.  “Plus, our four or five receivers make enough plays that it is hard focus on one person.  The offensive line has also continued to be aggressive and athletic, springing our athletes offensively.  Once our defense got a feel for Eastwood’s speed in the Wing-T, our guys were very disciplined in their assignments and pretty much shut down the running game and we are looking for that to continue this week.”

Eighth-seeded Chippewa is currently 9-2 and has averaged nearly 44 points per game in their nine wins.  They are enjoying a seven-game winning streak including their 62-28 opening-round victory last week over previously unbeaten Columbia.  “Chippewa is new to the playoff scene as of late, but they have good size and different playmakers that they count on.  We need to remain disciplined in our defensive assignments and keep playing with the energy that we have been.  We also need to improve our passing attack and take advantage of alignments when the opportunities present themselves to come out with a victory this week.”

DELPHOS ST. JOHN’S – TIFFIN CALVERT
With their 33-18 victory over Leipsic last week, the St. John’s Blue Jays improved to 7-4 on the season and earned a date with 7-4 Tiffin Calvert Senecas in Findlay this Saturday.  Calvert is 1-3 against the MAC all-time in post-season action, and they have fallen to the conference in their last three meetings including 35-0 to St. John’s in 2011.  “We have been in one-and-done mode since week seven,” commented St. John’s head coach Todd Schulte.  “There really hasn’t been any change in our focus or preparation, so we try to keep things as close as possible to how we prepared back in the regular season.”

The Blue Jays trailed 7-6 early against Leipsic, but a 60-yard run by Tyler Jettinghoff fueled a 21-point outburst that gave St. John’s a 27-7 lead at intermission.  Luke MacLennan paced the Blue Jay running attack with 172 yards, while Jettinghoff finished his night with 150 yards on 20 carries.  “Our plan offensively was to run the ball and we were able to run for more than 400 yards,” Schulte pointed out.  “On the other side of the ball, I felt that our secondary played their best game of the year.”

Like St. John’s, Tiffin Calvert got off to a slow start this season, but turned things around in a hurry.  After starting 0-3, the Senecas have won six straight and seven of their last eight contests.  Last week, they advanced with a 34-31 triumph over Edon and are led by junior quarterback Tyler Long.  “Their quarterback is ‘Mr. Do-It-All’,” Schulte praised.  “For us to have success this week, we will need to slow him down!”

by Robb Hemmelgarn

11/9 OHSAA Football Playoff Scoreboard

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Division V Regional Tournament – Region 16
Coldwater 42 Pemberville Eastwood 16 WOSN Highlights

Division VII Regional Tournament – Region 24
Delphos St. John’s 33 Leipsic 18 WOSN Highlights

Division VII Regional Tournament – Region 26
Marion Local 63 Fort Loramie 14 WOSN Highlights

Week 11 MAC Playoff Previews

football_150Week 11 of the 2013 high school football season is finally upon us.  While seven Midwest Athletic Conference schools are preparing for basketball season, three still remain alive and are prepared to begin their journey toward a state championship.  All first round games will unfold Saturday evening as Marion Local hosts Fort Loramie, Coldwater travels to Pemberville to face Pemberville Eastwood, and Delphos St. John’s squares off on the road against Leipsic.  Coldwater, St. John’s and Marion Local are the conference’s most winning teams come playoff time with 50, 49, and 48 post-season victories respectively.  They look to improve upon that this week as the MAC is historically dominant against non-league foes in the opening round, holding an all-time advantage of 48-1 overall.

COLDWATER VS. PEMBERVILLE EASTWOOD

After beginning the season with a loss to Kenton, the Cavaliers rattled off six straight wins before falling to eventual MAC Champion Marion Local in week eight.  Since then, Coldwater picked up victories in their final two games of the season, including last week’s 42-14 triumph over Fort Recovery, to finish 8-2 on the season and in second place in the Midwest Athletic Conference.  The Cavs begin their 17th consecutive playoff trek hoping to advance to the state finals for the fifth season in a row after winning it all last season with a 10-7 victory over Kirtland.  “I feel that last year we felt more pressure heading into the playoffs because of the expectations of that group,” Coldwater head coach Chip Otten explained.  “We are excited now about the opportunity to make another run at the title.  I think the players this year really want to prove that they can keep the streak going and once again we are looking forward to extending the season.”

The Cavaliers will tangle with Pemberville Eastwood, a team that has never faced an MAC opponent in post-season history.  The Eagles, out of Wood County, finished this season with an 8-2 record while their two losses came at the hands of 9-1 Clyde and unbeaten Genoa Area, Division III and IV schools respectively.  Since their loss to Genoa Area at mid-season, the Eagles have responded with five straight wins and of their eight victories, four of them are against teams with winning records.  “It is a bit more difficult, but also exciting to face new challenges and new opponents,” Otten commented.  “It puts everyone a little on edge though because you just don’t know how good they are until you play. On film, Eastwood seems to have a solid team all the way around.   We must be disciplined defensively because of all the misdirection that they will give us.   Like us, they rely on the strength of their defense.  They run to the ball well and have good athletes throughout the lineup.  It should be a great game.”

DELPHOS ST. JOHN’S VS. LEIPSIC

With their come-from-behind victory last week over Minster, the Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays garnered enough computer points to advance to the post-season for the sixth season in a row.  Like last year, the Blue Jays will open the playoffs with a road game in Leipsic to take on the 8-2 Vikings.  This will mark the second year in a row and fourth time overall they have faced the Vikings in the post-season and have yet to fall.  The Blue Jays began this season 2-4, but strung together four victories to finish 6-4 overall and 6-2 in MAC play, which was good for a third place tie in the league with Minster.  “We were really green at the beginning of the year,” St. John’s head coach Todd Schulte pointed out.  “So along with growing with experience we have also started to play with confidence, which is something that wins will do for you.”

The Blue Jays edged Leipsic 36-29 in 2012, and this season will face a Viking team that ended the regular campaign with victories over McComb and Pandora Gilboa.  Their losses in 2013 came at the hands of Arlington and unbeaten Liberty-Benton.  The Vikings average more than 33 points per game and allow 20 each time they take the field.  Schulte expects his team, who picked up nearly 400 yards of offense last week against Minster, to be challenged.  “That is who we are, and that is something that will have to continue if we want to continue to play,” Schulte explained in reference to his over-powering offensive line play and stout running game against Minster.  “We have played Leipsic each of the past two years, so we do have some familiarity with them.  We know that they are a hard-nosed and physical team.  They have a three-year starter at quarterback, so that is the main place we will start to slow them down.  We need to do this and continue to play well on our end to have a chance at the victory this weekend.”

MARION LOCAL VS. FORT LORAMIE

With their convincing victory last weekend over the New Bremen Cardinals, the Marion Local Flyers capped off a 10-0 season for the third time in school history and the first since 2007 when they concluded the season with a state championship.  Although most fans would agree they expected the Flyers to be exactly where they are record-wise at this point, things were very interesting over the last half of the season as injuries infiltrated their lineup including the quarterback position where for the past two weeks they were down to their emergency signal-caller Troy Homan, who was the team’s leading receiver this season as well. Despite the injuries, the Flyers still rolled through their schedule by averaging a league-best 34.0 points-per-game and 6.4 points-per-game both offensively and defensively.  “We are blessed this year to have a deep team and also to have players who are flexible enough to help us at different positions,” Marion Local head coach Tim Goodwin commented.  “All of our injured guys are day-to-day, so we won’t know their status until later in the week.  We are certainly very excited to have our whole team back on the field though, and we are very close to that being the case.”

This week, the Flyers will host the Fort Loramie Redskins in the regional quarter-final matchup.  The Redskins enter the contest 8-2 overall after putting together three straight shutout wins to close the season, averaging more than 50 points per game in each victory.  While the Redskins own victories in 2013 over both Minster and New Bremen, their post-season performance against the MAC hasn’t been as prolific.  Since 2009, the Redskins have lost to Marion Local twice as well as Minster and St. Henry in the playoffs, but Goodwin realizes that it is 2013 and they are hungry for that first post-season victory against an MAC squad.  “We don’t worry about what the opposing teams’ motivation happens to be because we have no control over that,” he remarked.  “They are a solid team who won’t beat themselves.  We feel as though their defense is their strength right now – they are similar to us in that they put a lot of pressure on the other team’s offense and take certain things away.  They have two playmakers on offense whom we are concerned about – running back Delaunte Thornton and receiver Craig Fullenkamp.  They are both outstanding football players who have made plays throughout the year, so we need to contain them and play our game in order to move on.”

by Robb Hemmelgarn

 

 

2013 MAC All-Conference Football Teams

football_150MAC Offensive Player of the Year: Brody Hoying, Coldwater
MAC Defensive Player of the Year: Jacob Kunkler, Marion Local
MAC Coach of the Year: Tim Goodwin, Marion Local

First Team
Offense
End: Ethan Wolf – Minster – Senior
Receiver/Split End: Eli Wolf – Minster – Junior
Receiver/Split End: Troy Homan – Marion Local – Senior
Receiver/Split End: Adam Klosterman – Coldwater – Senior
Receiver/Split End: Damien Richard – Versailles – Senior
Center: Ryan Shumaker – Delphos St. John’s – Senior
Guard: Sam Poeppelman – Marion Local – Senior
Guard: Noah Gehron – Parkway – Senior
Tackle: Jason Brunswick – Marion Local – Senior
Tackle: Spencer Ginter – Delphos St. John’s – Senior
Quarterback: Brody Hoying – Coldwater – Junior
Running Back: Tyler Jettinghoff – Delphos St John’s – Senior
Running Back: Jacy Goettemoeller – Marion Local – Junior
Running Back: Christiaan Williams – Anna – Junior
Kicker: Peyton Kramer – Marion Local – Junior
Punter: Dustin Rethman – Marion Local – Junior

Defense
End: Andrew Schwieterman – Coldwater – Senior
End:Peyton Kramer – Marion Local – Junior
Interior Lineman: Jason Brunswick – Marion Local – Senior
Interior Lineman:Mitch Fullenkamp – Coldwater – Junior
Inside Linebacker: Jacob Kunkler – Marion Local – Junior
Inside Linebacker: Mitch Schoenherr – Coldwater – Senior
Outside Linebacker: Brandon Prenger – Marion Local – Senior
Outside Linebacker: Cody Looser – Delphos St. John’s – Senior
Cornerback: Dustin Rethman – Marion Local – Junior
Cornerback: Adam Klosterman – Coldwater – Senior
Safety: Brody Hoying – Coldwater – Junior
Safety: Evan Fleck – Marion Local – Junior

Second Team
Offense
End: Brant Barna – Parkway – Senior
Receiver/Split End: Jeff Paul – St. Henry – Senior
Receiver/Split End: Nick Ihle – Anna – Senior
Center: Austin Klosterman – Coldwater – Senior
Guard: Caleb Madaj – Coldwater – Junior
Guard: Blake Spangler – Coldwater – Junior
Tackle: Wes Hegemann – Minster – Senior
Tackle: Chandler Cotterman – Anna – Junior
Quarterback: Adam Bertke – Marion Local – Senior
Running Back: Sam Dues – Minster – Junior
Running Back: Hunter Wilker – Marion Local – Sophomore
Running Back: Garrett Westerbeck – New Bremen – Senior
Punter: Ben Wrasman – Delphos St. John’s – Senior
Kicker: Matt Kramer – Coldwater – Senior

Defense
End: Brant Barna – Parkway – Senior
End: Ethan Wolf – Minster – Senior
Interior Lineman: Wes Hegemann – Minster – Senior
Interior Lineman: Chandler Cotterman – Anna – Junior
Inside Linebacker: Wes Showalter – Anna – Junior
Inside Linebacker: Luke MacLennan – Delphos St. John’s – Senior
Outside Linebacker: Adam Reichert – St. Henry – Senior
Outside Linebacker: Drew Otten – Coldwater – Senior
Cornerback: Nate Nagel – Marion Local – Senior
Cornerback: Craig Langenkamp – Versailles – Senior
Safety: Evan Hays – Delphos St. John’s – Junior
Safety: Damien Richard – Versailles – Senior

Honorable Mention
Anna: Josh Robinson, Shawn Wenrick, Ryan Counts, Carter Bensman
Coldwater: Jared Post, Derek Thobe
Fort Recovery: Reece Grieshop, Seth Riegle, Kyle Schroer, Kyle Timmerman, Trent Dues, Alex Wenning
Marion Local: Nathan Heckman, Aaron Nietfeld
Minster: Josh Nixon, Prater Otting, Jacob Dues, Hayden Schindler
New Bremen: Jacob Gilberg, Ben Strang
Parkway: Dakota Hucke, Ryan Lautzenheiser, Adam Stutz, Nick Hoehammer
St. Henry: Adam Guggenbiller , Jesse Niekamp, Jordan Osterholt, Tyler Schwieterman
Delphos St John’s: Wes Buettner, Jason Wittler, Austin Heiing
Versailles: Jace Barga, Nick Campbell, Kyle Dieringer, Evan Phlipot, Mitch Gigandet

Marion Local and Coldwater are ranked in the Final Weekly AP Ohio High School Football Poll.

football_150Marion Local is the top ranked team and mythical poll champion in Division VII and Coldwater is ranked 6th in Division V in the final weekly AP State Football Poll.

Complete Ohio AP State Football Poll

Final Football Weekly Computer Point Ratings

OHSAAThe final Football Weekly Computer Point Ratings were released and 3 MAC schools are ranked in the top 8 in their region and qualified for the playoffs.

Division V, Region 16
5. Coldwater

Division VI, Region 22
10. Minster, 11. Anna, 16. St. Henry, 18. Parkway, 19. Versailles, 25. New Bremen

Division VII, Region 24
8. Delphos St. John’s

Division VII, Region 26
3. Marion Local, 19. Fort Recovery

Complete Weekly Computer Point Ratings

11/1 MAC Football Scoreboard

football_150Check back here for scores all night long and also on TwitterFacebook and the new MAC Apple App or MAC Android App.  If you are out at the game please feel free to text end of quarter score updates to 419-230-0241.  App users are on a 5 minute delay on refreshes but will receive notifications, touch View Original Post for the most up to date scores or go back to the main story list and refresh and back into the scoreboard.

Anna 42 Parkway 20 WOSN Highlights
Coldwater 42 Fort Recovery 14 WOSN Highlights
Delphos St. John’s 35 Minster 28 WOSN Highlights
Marion Local 42 New Bremen 6 WOSN Highlights
St. Henry 23 Versailles 21

2014 MAC Football Standings

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MAC Football Game of the Week Preview – Minster at Delphos St. John’s

MinsteratDelphosStJohnsFacebookWhile it may seem like yesterday that local high school teams were grinding their way through two-a-days, this Friday is week ten of the regular season.  While most teams have already started printing playoff tickets and others will soon be getting ready for basketball, both the Minster Wildcats and Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays are uncertain as to what their week 11s will hold, or for that matter if there will be one.  “It has been an extremely fun process this year,” commented first-year Minster head coach Geron Stokes.  “It has definitely been a grind with the transition, but our kids and our staff have been forced to get better and it has been a blast.

For St. John’s head coach Todd Schulte, it is hard to believe the regular season is ready to close the curtain.  “No doubt the season has definitely gone fast – it seems to go a little faster every year!” remarked Schulte.  “I think confidence is a huge factor for us right now. Early in the year we seemed to wait for something bad to happen instead of just going out and playing.  I also believe that we truly figured out who we are and what we can do both offensively and defensively to stay in games.”

Both squads currently sit in 9th place in their respective regions and definitely need victories this week to harbor any dreams of advancing.  St. Johns’ chances are a little more likely, as they are just a half-point behind the team in front of them, while Minster is two-and-a-half points behind the coveted eighth spot.  Although the Wildcats haven’t been mathematically eliminated from post-season contention, they will need many scenarios to fall their way on Friday.  “Right now, we’re just focusing on the process,” Stokes explained.  “We need to continue to get better, keep developing as a group of people, and let all the other stuff take care of itself.  We’re really proud of how this group of kids has learned to battle and hopefully that will continue.”

Last weekend, the Blue Jays picked up their third consecutive win after failing to establish much winning consistency in the first six weeks.  They traveled to New Bremen and rocketed to a fast start with three touchdowns in the opening period.  When the dust settled, the Blue Jays rolled to the 48-12 victory.  Luke MacLennan had only three carries in the game, but really made them count with 112 rushing yards, including touchdown runs of 90 and 47 yards.  Nick Martz added 96 yards on four carries, while Tyler Jettinghoff added 93 yards and three touchdowns.  The victory moved the Blue Jays to 5-4 overall and it was Schulte’s 150th win in 15 years with the program.  “I’m not sure about a most valuable player for the year, but a couple of guys that have been impact players these last three weeks are Luke MacLennan on offense and Alex Haunhorst on defense,” Schulte advised.  “As a whole, our offensive line has played extremely well while defensively it has been the play of our defensive backs.”

With their 28-21 win in double overtime over the Versailles Tigers, the Wildcats improved to 6-3 overall and 6-1 in the MAC, marking the first time since 1975 that the Wildcats logged six wins in conference play.  The Wildcats piled up 325 yards of offense in the victory, led by the passing game and quarterback Josh Nixon’s 164 yards and two touchdowns.  Nixon was also one of four Wildcats to score; as he picked up a rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter and had a hand in touchdown passes to AJ Huelsman in the second period and the game-winner to Ethan Wolf in overtime.  Minster’s other touchdown was on a three-yard run by Sam Dues in the first overtime.  “We never really focus on schematics,” Stokes pointed out.  “We believe that if we play extremely hard and physical with a crazy passion, all of the other stuff will take care of itself. We are slowly starting to do that and need to continue because St. John’s is another incredibly tough football team!  Friday will be another heavyweight fight for us.  We will have to be ready to go from a mentality standpoint, but we are excited for another big-time challenge!”

Glancing over the Blue Jays and Wildcats’ respective schedules, it is difficult not to note the similarities.  Both began the season 0-2 after rough non-conference games in first two weeks.  The Wildcats and Jays also share five common victories against St. Henry, New Bremen, Fort Recovery, Versailles, and Anna, while they share a loss to Coldwater.  The only difference in their results is that St. John’s lost to Marion Local and Minster beat Parkway.  “We have seen many similar things that Minster does throughout the season against some of our other opponents, so it will not be anything totally different,” Schulte predicted. “The scores with all our common opponents has been very similar, so it should be a great game.”

by Robb Hemmelgarn

 

 

 

 

6th Football Weekly Computer Point Ratings

football_150The sixth Football Weekly Computer Point Ratings were released and 2 MAC schools are ranked in the top 8 in their region.

Division V, Region 16
5. Coldwater

Division VI, Region 22
9. Minster, 14. Anna, 15. Parkway, 18. Versailles, 19. St. Henry, 25. New Bremen

Division VII, Region 24
9. Delphos St. John’s

Division VII, Region 26
3. Marion Local, 18. Fort Recovery

Complete Weekly Computer Point Ratings

Coldwater and Marion Local are ranked in the 7th Weekly AP Ohio High School Football Poll.

football_150Coldwater is ranked 7th in Division V and Marion Local is the top ranked team in Division VII in the 7th AP State Football Poll.

Complete Ohio AP State Football Poll

10/25 MAC Football Scoreboard

football_150Check back here for scores all night long and also on TwitterFacebook and the new MAC Apple App or MAC Android App.  If you are out at the game please feel free to text end of quarter score updates to 419-230-0241.  App users are on a 5 minute delay on refreshes but will receive notifications, touch View Original Post for the most up to date scores or go back to the main story list and refresh and back into the scoreboard.

Marion Local 14 Anna 3 WOSN Highlights
Coldwater 48 Parkway 6 WOSN Highlights
Delphos St. John’s 48 New Bremen 12 WOSN Highlights
St. Henry 28 Fort Recovery 14 WOSN Highlights
Minster 28 Versailles 21, 2OT WOSN Highlights