Prep football, Week 7: The best of everything
Arcadia at Hopewell-Loudon
Records: Arcadia (2-4, 1-3); Hopewell-Loudon (1-5, 0-4 BVC).
Last season: Hopewell-Loudon 72-14.
Outlook: In a five game losing streak and facing numerous injuries, Hopewell-Loudon is in desperate need of a W.
Visiting Arcadia, which comes in with a 2-4 record, has been handled by the Chieftains in the past. Last year, the Chieftains scored their season-high in points against the Redskins.
Hopewell-Loudon coach Brian Colatruglio said stopping Arcadia means stopping its running back, Trevor Brubaker.
“Their tailback, Brubaker, has accounted for something like 900 of their 1,100 (offensive) yards,” Colatruglio said. “He is their offense. They snap it to him and he runs, they throw it to him. Pretty much everything they do revolves around him, and he’s a good football player.”
Colatruglio said Brubaker is the “focal point” of his team’s defensive plan. He said his defense has been solid for a number of weeks.
“It’s kind of lost, because, obviously, we’re not winning games,” Colatruglio said. “Our offense is turning it over at a record clip, and our defense is hanging in and keeping us in games.”
The Hopewell-Loudon offense — or at least the quarterback position — has been struck with some bad luck.
Already saddled with injuries to its top two quarterbacks, Luke Jameson was injured last week, and will be out.
Like it did in the second half of last week’s game against Arlington, Colatruglio said the Chieftains will likely use a number of players at the QB spot.
“We’ll have some different packages, and snap it to some guys in the run game,” Colatruglio said.
Colatruglio said Travis Milligan, Dominic Hedrick and John Turco all could see time at quarterback.
Lake at Fostoria
Records: Lake 4-2, 2-1; Fostoria 4-2, 1-2.
Last year: Fostoria, 34-21.
Outlook: Fostoria has already given coach Derek Kidwell career win No. 100 this year. Now the Redmen seek another milestone of sorts.
A win over Lake this Friday would mark the first season in Kidwell’s tenure that the Redmen would have five wins; they’ve sandwiched two 4-6 seasons around a 2-8 campaign in his first three years at FHS.
The focus, though, is getting the win, not just win No. 5, Kidwell said.
“We just look at it as another game to go out there and play. Hopefully if we win the fifth one, we don’t stop there,” Kidwell said.
“This is a team we beat last year, so the kids should have some confidence… but we still have to go out and make plays and seize the opportunity,” he said.
The Flyers enter 2-1 in the Northern Buckeye Conference, beating Elmwood (39-0) and Rossford (21-6) after falling 29-7 to Genoa in the NBC opener.
Fostoria has sandwiched NBC losses to Otsego (42-21) and Eastwood (35-7) around a win against Woodmore (61-0) and will try to even its conference record in Friday’s homecoming.
“I like our focus. It is homecoming, but it is another opportunity to go out and compete and get that taste out of our mouth,” Kidwell said. “If we go out and compete like we did last week, I like our chances in our last four football games.”
But Lake will challenge that.
Kidwell said Lake’s wing-T offense features good size on the line and at fullback, while the 4-2 defense presents some problems.
“We’ll have to read our keys,” he said.
“We have to protect our quarterback and give our receivers a chance to get down the field,” Kidwell said. “I like our schemes. They had trouble stopping our passing game last year until Skylar got hurt in the third quarter. Our offensive line will be a big key this week.”
Records: Buckeye Central 0-6, 0-3; Carey 5-1, 3-1.
Last year: Carey, 46-0.
Outlook: Going by records, Carey has the advantage.
The lone loss for the Division VI Blue Devils, ranked third in the region, came to conference foe Wynford, ranked second in the region. Meanwhile, the Division II Bucks have dropped eight straight, with just one loss — 36-34 defeat to Bucyrus two weeks ago — being by 14 points or less.
But Carey coach Jonathon Mershman said records only tell part of the story.
“I honestly don’t think they’re 0-fer. The one thing that was impressive with them (in the loss to Bucyrus), they were down 14-0 and they went up… with the run game,” he said. “We’re going to try to stop the run. They can run the ball.
“Our main focus with the kids is to work on the things we can defend or we can do. We don’t talk about the records,” Mershman said. “After the loss to Wynford, I told them let’s reset and see what we can do the final five games of the year, so now we’re 1-0.”
Even with the loss, the Blue Devils have fared well.
Quarterback Brayden Wentling has been a dual threat, passing for 586 yards and six TDs, while running for another 431 yards and seven touchdowns.
Willie Schafer adds 353 yards rushing and four scores for a team averaging 31 points per game.
“They’ve got a big, strong line. Very good football team, a lot of weapons on the offensive side. They’re distributing the ball to a lot of players. If we’re going to have a chance to win, we’ll have to play our absolute best,” Buckeye Central coach Rob Detterman said.
“Looking at their offense, it all starts with their quarterback, Brayden Wentling. Everything flows through him. But they’ve got four different guys with over 400 yards rushing, so they have a lot of weapons,” he said. “We just have to be aware of everything with these guys.”
Buckeye Central’s main rushing attack comes from Avery Baldosser, with 493 yards and four touchdowns.
Quarterbacks Max Loy (421 yards, 3 TDs) and Brady Kerschner (271 yards, 4 TDs) have combined to throw for 692 yards and seven touchdowns. Wade Ackerman has 23 catches for 258 yards and four touchdowns.
“The two games we’ve watched, that we have on film, they do a good job of running the ball. Their running back, he’s a nice downhill runner, he’s got some speed and some power,” Mershman said. “I think they do a nice job of running the football.”
But getting production against Carey’s 4-3 won’t be easy because the line is big and everyone flies to the ball, Detterman said.
“They seem to have handled anything that’s been thrown at them,” he said. “They do well against everything. We’ll have to make the most of what we’ve got.
“They don’t have a lot of weaknesses, we have to make the most out of every opportunity we get,” he said.
Carey’s Jordan Clauss leads the N10 with 68 tackles and Grant Frederick has a conference-best 16 1/2 tackles for a loss. Adam Hackworth enters with 5 1/2 sacks.
“We challenged our defense this year to ramp it up a little bit and make some big plays,” Mershman said. “There are some drives this year where we didn’t come up with big plays, but what we’ve tried to do is get teams behind the chains… and make those teams work for first downs.”
Upper Sandusky at Bucyrus
Records: Upper Sandusky 1-5, 0-3; Bucyrus 1-5, 1-3.
Last year: Upper Sandusky, 47-14.
Outlook: Both teams been challenged this year.
Except for a 54-35 win against Mount Gilead in Week 2, Upper Sandusky’s offense has struggled. The five losses have included two shutouts and two games with just one score.
Each of the Rams’ foes have scored at least 31 points so far this year.
Bucyrus has also had its offensive woes, with each loss by at least 34 points. The Redmen opened on the losing side of three shutouts before going 1-2. The win was a 36-34 shootout with Buckeye Central — Bucyrus won on a late field goal.
As with Upper Sandusky, the Redmen’s opponents have scored plenty — at least 34 points in each game.
Upper Sandusky’s offense is led by quarterback Mason Vent throwing for 620 yards and four touchdowns, Tyler Clark catching nine passes for 190 yards and two scores, and Nate McMillan running for 590 yards and four TDs.
On defense, Brandon Derr has 52 tackles for the Rams, Connor Johnson has 43 stops and McMillan has turned in 13 tackles for a loss.
The Redmen’s Ben Seibert has thrown for 685 yards and three touchdowns, but he also leads the N10 with 10 interceptions.
Harley Robinson added 306 yards and three TDs on the ground, and another 184 yards and two TDs on receptions. Gram Dick has one touchdown to go with 42 receptions and 465 yards, both tops in the conference.
Andrew Pifer leads the Bucyrus defense with 66 tackles and Keaton Naufzinger has another 43.
Bellevue at Perkins
Records: Bellevue (4-2, 1-0 SBC); Perkins (0-6, 0-1 SBC)
Last year: Perkins, 34-30
Outlook: “Disregard the 0-6 record for Perkins” is the mantra for Bellevue this week.
The Redmen have lost to the Pirates the past two seasons, so coach Ed Nasonti knows how tough they are, regardless of the record.
“If you don’t expect the best out of them, you are setting yourself up for defeat,” Nasonti said. “They are a wing-T team again with some guys back, including six or seven seniors with experience. They always have some misdirection and we’ve had trouble slowing them down the past couple years.
“They have both running backs back, so we expect this game to be competitive. We are looking forward to the challenge.”
Bellevue’s season has already been challenging with the extra long road trips to play unfamiliar teams to begin the season, but the Redmen are battle-tested, as their losses came to Clear Fork in overtime and Shelby, which are both 6-0.
“We are still trying to improve every week. We take a step back and look at our schedule, and we could be 5-1 right now or be 2-4 at the same time. We’ve been road warriors so far this season and been through a gauntlet.
“We have Treston Francis back, which really helps. He was out after the first week, which I feel kind of handcuffed us offensively in what we could do. He’s our wildcat QB and playmaker.”
Mohawk at Seneca East
Records: Mohawk (5-1, 3-1); Seneca East (5-0, 3-0).
Last year: Seneca East 18-6.
Outlook: Week 7 is going to be a big week for both Mohawk and Seneca East, as one has playoff implications on the line and the other looks to continue its undefeated season.
Last week both the Warriors and the Tigers were at the top of the Northern 10 Athletic Conference standings, but Mohawk fell in a 7-0 loss to top-ranked Wynford (5-1, 4-0). Seneca East follows in a second, but only because it hasn’t played as many games.
After last week’s loss to the Royals, Mohawk has worked on some of its issues. “Win or lose, we have to get better,” said Mohawk coach Brent Konkle. “We fixed some of the issues we had on the offensive line. We had a good week of practice. (The team) showed good work ethic all week. That have been focused and are ready for this week.”
With playoffs on the line Konkle has told his team, “We need to keep taking it one week at a time.”
“Statistically, (Seneca East) is the best team in the league,” Konkle said. “Last week I said they are probably the best team we’ll see all year. We need to focus on this week and this week only.”
Konkle is concerned mostly with the Tigers’ athleticism and how well they do what they do.
“They get get the ball to their athletes in space,” Konkle said. “(On defense) they are aggressive and they blitz a lot.”
Konkle said that he has covered all avenues with his team going into this game. “We hit film study to find advantages,” Konkle said “The game plan is to get the ball to our athletes and take the ball away from theirs.”
One of the keys to Seneca East’s success this season is doing the same thing it does every week. “We do the same thing week in-and week out,” said Seneca East coach Ed Phillips. “We are excited for this game.”
Another thing Phillips has told his guys is that they can’t let things go to their heads.
“There is a pretty good rivalry between us,” Phillips said. “It will be a physical game.”
Along with the Tigers’ success has come with some large margins of victory — with the exception of its 34-28 overtime win against Colonel Crawford. Last week’s 41-0 win cam against a struggling Upper Sandusky.
“High school football is a game of momentum,” Phillips said. “That is true in the game and during the season. When you have a wave of momentum to have to keep going with it and continue to ride it.”
Phillips said that Mohawk is a well balanced team that can run and pass the ball well. “They are physical and strong on defense,” Phillips said. “They try to funnel everything inside.
“We need to just be physical and tackle well. The fundamentals are going to be important in a game against (the Warriors).”