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Week 6 schedule GMC Tinora (4-1) at Ayersville (3-1) – Fairview (1-4) at Edgerton (3-2) – Hicksville (0-5) at Paulding (0-5) – Wayne Trace (1-4) at Antwerp (3-2) – WBL Celina (1-4) at Lima Bath (3-2) – Ottawa-Glandorf (3-2) at Van Wert (4-1) – Defiance (2-3) at Elida (3-2) – NLL Maumee (0-5) at Napoleon (0-5) – Perrysburg (3-2) at Southview (2-3) – Springfield (0-4) at Northview (3-2) – Bowling Green (1-4) at Anthony Wayne (3-2) – NWOAL Archbold (5-0) at Delta (3-2) – Bryan (3-2) at Patrick Henry (4-1) – Wauseon (3-2) at Evergreen (2-3) – Liberty Center (3-2) at Swanton (0-5) – TRAC Clay at St. Francis (2-3) – St. John’s (2-2) at Whitmer (4-1) – Fremont Ross (5-0) at Findlay (2-3) – Lima Senior (3-1) at Central Catholic (3-2) – NWC Columbus Grove (5-0) at Leipsic (3-2) – TAAC Fort Loramie (2-3) at Edon (4-1) – Hilltop (0-5) at Northwood (1-2) – Montpelier (0-3) at Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic (0-3) – BVC Liberty-Benton (4-1) at Van Buren (2-3) – Vanlue (0-5) at Pandora-Gilboa (2-3) – N8 Stryker (1-1) at Danbury (1-4)
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Edon storms back from 21-8 deficit in final quarter to beat Fort Loramie, 24-21

EDON – Edon put together a fourth-quarter uprising to storm back for a 24-21 triumph over Fort Loramie on Friday night.
“Some kid on the other team when they went up 21-8 said, ‘bye bye,’” said Edon lineman Cassius Hulbert. “I took that personally. I got my team riled up on the sideline and said we had to do this now or it’s not going to happen.”
The Bombers (5-1) stopped the Redskins (2-4) on four plays inside the Edon 10 in the final minute to preserve the victory.
Meanwhile, the Bomber offense overcame a mistake–prone first three quarters to score twice in the final stanza.

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Fort Loramie another big test for Bombers

Another major non-conference test awaits a 4-1 Edon squad this Friday with Fort Loramie coming to town.
The Bombers have had to make adjustments to their schedule the previous two weeks due to COVID concerns with their opponents. Edon fell, 45-44, at No. 5 Norwalk St. Paul (D-VII) two weeks ago in place of Northwood before capturing a 52-32 win over Whiteford, Mich. last week. The Bobcats entered the game ranked No. 2 in Michigan’s Division 8.
The Redskins will be the third straight challenge for Bob Olwin’s bunch.

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Ayersville and Tinora set for 46th tussle

The 46th annual River Bowl tussle between heated rivals Ayersville and Tinora will take place on the south side of the Maumee River this fall with the Rams making the short trek to Craig McCord Field.
Ayersville’s once hefty lead in the series has been shrunk to 24-20-1 with Tinora enjoying much more success as the series grows older.
Tinora head coach Kenny Krouse is heading into his 24th meeting with the Pilots and holds a 16-7 mark as headman of the Rams against the team across the river.

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NWC newcomer Leipsic hosting fellow conference unbeaten Columbus Grove

With Leipsic in the midst of its first year as a member of the NWC, the Vikings will begin a yearly clash with Putnam County neighbor Columbus Grove.
While the two county powers are now members of the same conference, they are not strangers to each other on the gridiron. The Vikings and Bulldogs will meet for the 33rd time Friday night with Grove holding a hefty 25-6-1 edge in the series that started in 1924.
However, Leipsic has won the last three meetings after Grove claimed 23 straight over the Vikings. The two programs played sporadically from 1924-1963 with Grove winning 23 straight at one point starting in 1939. Grove won 25 of the first 29 meetings while Leipsic claimed wins in 1924, 1936 and 1938.

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O-G and Van Wert to meet while being part of logjam atop WBL standings

The marquee matchup of Ottawa-Glandorf visiting Van Wert will highlight the week six WBL slate.
The Titans and Cougars make up half of a logjam atop the WBL with four league teams standing 3-1 in league play.
“Midpoint of the season and we have four teams with one league loss,” said O-G headman Ken Schriner. “I’d consider that wide open and a great place to be. Each week has been very competitive and any team is capable of knocking off another.”
Van Wert had an 11-game winning streak dating back to last year snapped in a 21-14 setback to St. Marys last Friday. The Cougars captured the D-IV state championship last season, with their only loss all year coming in a 35-34 setback to O-G in week five last year.
The last four meetings between the WBL foes have been barnburners and decided by a combined 16 points.

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Second half of season presents major test for PH, starting with Bryan

The second half of the season will present a stern test for Bill Inselmann’s Patrick Henry program with the NWOAL’s top five teams dotting the Patriots’ schedule. The rugged stretch begins Friday at home vs. Bryan.
Trips to Wauseon and Liberty Center follow before hosting Delta in week nine while league frontrunner Archbold will await the Patriots in the regular season finale.
“To be frank with you, we’ve got the toughest league schedule,” said Inselmann. “And the reason is quite simple: we don’t have an off week. We’ve got the five best teams in the league five weeks in a row.

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Week 6 Podcast

Lynn Groll, Tony Haynes and Andrew Mickey look back at week 5 of the area high school football season and look ahead to week 6.

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Streaks trying to keep rolling vs. Delta

Archbold has steamrolled all challengers through the first half of the season and kicks off the second half of the campaign with a jaunt Delta.
The Streaks (5-0, 2-0 NWOAL) have outscored their foes, 186-50, and outgained opponents, 2,113-1,095.
Liberty Center was the latest victim of the No. 3 Streaks (D-VI) last Friday, which resulted in a 41-7 Archbold rout.
“As a whole, I was very impressed with the physicality of our team on all sides of the ball,” said Archbold coach David Dominique.

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