Prep football Week 5: Working for the weekend
Colonel Crawford at Seneca East
Records: 3-1, 2-1 N10
2015: Colonel Crawford 40-18.
Outlook: Seneca East coach Ed Phillips says every game is big, but he did acknowledge this week’s contest with Colonel Crawford will be a test.
Last season, the Tigers won their first three games and took on the playoff bound Eagles in Week 4.
Colonel Crawford won big. This year, the Week 5 meeting between the two teams again finds Seneca East riding high.
Phillips knows the Eagles can change that.
“They’re the best team they’ve played, very well rounded,” Phillips said of Colonel Crawford. “We’ve got to come in ready in all phases. We just have to come out and attack in every phase of the game.”
When Colonel Crawford attacks, it’s usually with the running game. The Eagles have the Northern 10 Athletic Conference’s top rusher in Blake Treisch, who has gone for 690 yards and 11 touchdowns. Trevor Shawber complements him with 317 yards on the ground and three scores.
The Eagles’ leading passer, Hayden Bute, has attempted only 19 throws this season.
“They run the football really well,” Phillips said. “Defensively they’re very good against the run.
Phillips said the Tigers success hinges on two things.
“We’ve gotta control the run game, tackle really well,” Phillips said. “Offensively we have to play well up front, and we have all year.”
Hopewell-Loudon at Van Buren
Records: Hopewell-Loudon 1-3, 0-2 BVC; Van Buren 2-2, 1-1.
2016: Van Buren 45-0.
Outlook: Hopewell-Loudon coach Brian Colatruglio said the Black Knights present all kinds of problems on offense.
Colatruglio especially is impressed with the Van Buren quarterback Riley Adolph, who has thrown for 754 yards this season.
“He’s the best quarterback we’ve faced so far, a really talented player,” Colatruglio said. “He can throw, can run and has nice receivers. The skill guys are really good.”
Still, Colatruglio said he felt like his defense “made some real strides” in last week’s loss to Leipsic. But in that game, the Chieftain offense struggled.
“The receivers and the quarterback weren’t on the same page,” Colatruglio said. “We need to run the football. We’ve been pathetic running the football. Some of that is on me.”
Colatruglio said he needs to stick with the game plan, and that by not controlling the ball, it has put strain on his defense.
“We’ve (probably) defended more plays than anybody in state of Ohio,” he said.
But the coach believes the Chieftains will execute.
“At some point we’ll put it together and beat a good football team,” he said. “This would be a good week to do it.”
Fostoria at Lake
Records: Fostoria 1-3, 0-1 NBC; Lake 2-2, 0-1.
Last year: Lake, 49-18.
Outlook: Both teams enter Friday with two-game losing streaks and looking for their first conference victory.
Fostoria also comes in wanting to put last week’s turnover-plagued 48-0 loss to Eastwood behind it.
“We stress it every week,” Fostoria coach Derek Kidwell said. “It had a lot to do with who we were playing and our mental state going into that game.”
But turning things around against the Flyers won’t come easily, he added.
“They’ve got real good size up front on the offensive and defensive lines. They give you a lot of formations, a lot to prepare formations,” Kidwell said.
“Defensively, they’re very simple but they’re good at what they do,” he said.
However, Kidwell thinks the Redmen can have success if they focus on the job at hand.
“If we come to play I think we can do well in our passing game,” he said. “We’re going to try to be more be more balanced with running, but I think it’s an opportunity for our passing game.”
Toledo Woodward at Lakota
Records: Woodward 3-1; Lakota 2-2.
Last year: Woodward, 22-13.
Outlook: Lakota’s bid to return to the winning side comes Friday when Woodward comes calling. The Division III Polar Bears bring different challenges than Calvert, which beat the Raiders 59-7 last week.
“Basically they have a very athletic quarterback who likes to run. They don’t show a real strong desire to throw the ball, and they’ve got a nice running back,” Lakota coach Troy Albright said. “They’ve got good size up front. But at the same time, we’re fairly confident we’ll be able to compete.
“We took the time Saturday we had to get pretty raw about what happened with Calvert. We coached and pointed out what needed to be pointed out and then moved on,” he said. “Woodward’s talented. I’m not going to say they’re not, but I think we have an opportunity to be competitive in this one.”
A healthy team will help with that.
None of the Raiders were lost to injuries from the Calvert game, and Albright said Andrew Hovis, who suffered a broken collarbone before the season started, should be back at receiver this week.
“Been waiting patiently to get him in,” Albright said.
But one player won’t turn a season around, Albright said. He said this is a key time of the year when the Raiders must start playing well and showing improvement.
“We’re at Week 5 and we still don’t know where we’re at,” he said.
“It’s going to come down to if our kids up front are going to play better and play like they’re capable of,” Albright said. “If we don’t get our performance at a different level this week, we’re going to be in trouble.”
Horizon Science at St. Wendelin
Records: Horizon Science Academy 0-3; St. Wendelin 1-3.
Last year: Did not play.
Outlook: St. Wendelin gets a rare shot at beating a team for the second time during the regular season Saturday, but coach Jim Bodart doesn’t expect things to go as easily as the 66-2 win two weeks ago.
And he’s told his players the same.
“Been stressing with the kids all week that the game will be lost on the practice field this week,” Bodart said. “We had a lot of long plays. That’s one tackle. That’s my concern with this game. A team like Horizon Science Academy is going to get a lot better.
“If you give them the opportunity to play more football, they’re going to get better,” he said. “You’re going to see a steep improvement with any team in a couple weeks.”
The Jaguars have a lot to improve upon.
Their only points this year came on a safety after a bad snap two weeks ago against St. Wendelin, and they’ve been outscored 190-2 in three games.
Both teams will play with small rosters, but, along with the win two weeks ago, the Mohawks will have other advantages.
“We feel a lot more experienced than they do, and we’re bigger,” Bodart said. “Not too often are we the bigger, stronger, more experienced team, but this week I believe we are.”
Clyde at Perkins
Records: Clyde 3-1, 0-0 SBC; Perkins 3-1, 1-0 SBC
2015: Perkins, 27-14
Outlook: The Sandusky Bay Conference opener for Clyde comes against one of its toughest opponents year in and year out, Perkins. The two programs have led the SBC for some time, and will resume their rivalry Friday night.
After a disappointing loss to Bellevue two weeks ago for Clyde’s lone loss, the Fliers bounced back last Friday in a 56-13 drubbing of Toledo Bowsher.
“I thought we did a nice job bouncing back and it was just good to get back out there and play a game,” Clyde coach Ryan Carter said. “This is one of our rivals every year. They have a very good program, they’ve been very good for a number of years and I think they’ve only lost about one game at home for the last four or five years.
“To be honest, they’ve given us fits over the years and for the years I’ve coached. They always play well and we have our work cut out for us this week. We will have to play our very best game to have a chance in this one.”
Perkins’ one loss came in Week 1 to rival Sandusky, but it has already beaten Bellevue and is coming off a 33-13 win against Huron. There might be new names for the Pirates, but the schemes and play hasn’t dropped.
“There are new names, but the same style,” Carter said. “They keep the ball away from you and they do what they do, and do it very well. They have players with skill all over the place and all of their runners are very capable. They even threw the ball well against Huron last week, so we are going to have to be sound in every facet of the game.
“Their defense is similar (to last year’s), but I think they are a little bigger up front. They have an outstanding linebacker. We have struggled to move the ball in the past against them over the years, so we will be trying to improve upon that this week. Our kids know this is a big game, and we play in games like this every season, so we will just prepare the way we usually do and prep the best way we can.”
Mohawk at Bucyrus
Records: Mohawk 2-2, 0-2 N10; Bucyrus 0-4, 0-2 N10
2015: Mohawk, 44-7
Outlook: After a 2-0 start to the season, Mohawk has dropped two straight games. It would seem a date with Bucyrus would be what the doctor ordered for the Warriors, but with a winless team in Bucyrus, comes some really good competition.
The Redmen have given up a lot of points this season, but they lost to Seneca East (4-0), Wynford (4-0), Marion Pleasant (3-1) and Galion (1-3). The fewest points allowed during a game this season came in a 48-13 loss to the Royals in Week 2.
For the Warriors, coach Brent Konkle just wants to get back to the basics this week.
“We just need to get back to the game plan and establish the run and control the line of scrimmage,” he said. “We need to get back to our strengths and get better at the little things because that’s what is important.
“This Bucyrus team is hungry for a win and they’ve played a really good schedule so far. They have a capable offense, but we need to control things at the line of scrimmage. That will go a long way to if we have success this week.”
Mohawk threw the ball 23 times last week, which doesn’t seem like a lot to other teams perhaps, but to run-heavy Mohawk, it’s a point that was taken to get back to running the football.
“We need to be about 60-40 toward the run, but we need to remain more balanced this year. When you get down in a game it’s tough to stick with things, but we have to,” Konkle said.
“I want to see us execute up front and control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball this week.”
Upper Sandusky at Buckeye Central
Records: Upper Sandusky 2-2, 1-1 N10; Buckeye Central 0-4, 0-2 N10
2015: Buckeye Central, 31-14
Outlook: Stopping Shane Pack is a chore for any team in the Northern 10 Athletic Conference, but to Buckeye Central, it might be the biggest chore of the season.
“Stopping him is a challenge because with him being a 6-2, 225-pound running back, he might be bigger than any kid we have on our roster,” Bucks coach Rob Detterman said. “We also have five two-way starters injured this week, so we will just try to play fundamental football and tackle the best we can.”
Buckeye Central is coming off a loss to Crestline 36-14, while the Rams blew out Ridgedale 48-0.
With all of the big linemen Upper Sandusky possesses, Buckeye Central will have to go to the outside and try to reach the edges with its athletes, Detterman said.
“They really fill up the box, so we will have to get out on the edge this week,” he said. “Without our starting running backs, we are still going to try to establish a running game when we can.
“We have re-defined our goals and reset them to just getting better every week. We want every player to get a little better every single day and to put some extra time into it.”
Pack is third in the N10 with 575 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. QB Jaden Siebeneck has thrown for 503 yards and five scores, with just two picks for the Rams. Receiver Nick Bay had four touchdowns on nine catches, with 215 yards receiving.