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Week 5 NLL Perrysburg 49, Bowling Green 14 Napoleon, 36, Northview 14 Anthony Wayne 73, Maumee 0 Springfield 31, Southview 23 TRAC Central Catholic (3-0) at Whitmer (1-3) – Canceled St. John’s (2-1) at Fremont Ross (3-1) – Saturday St. Francis 23, Lima Senior 6 WBL Elida 16, Defiance 6 Ottawa-Glandorf 35, Van Wert 34 NWOAL Wauseon 35, Delta 0 Archbold 45, Swanton 7 Liberty Center 35, Patrick Henry 21 Bryan 35 at Evergreen 0 TAAC Ottawa Hills 34, Montpelier 8 Northwood 62, Edon 20 Cardinal Stritch 21, Hilltop 0 GMC Fairview 56, Antwerp 6 Tinora 41, Wayne Trace 20 Edgerton 46, Paulding 0 Ayersville 38, Hicksville 31 NWC Columbus Grove 38, Crestview 31 BVC Leipsic (2-2) at Lima Central Catholic (3-1) – Saturday Pandora-Gilboa 41, McComb 7 Northern 8 Danbury 62, Stryker 58

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Wayne Trace takes shot at stingy Tinora defense

Unbeaten and unscored upon Tinora will take its perfect season to 2-2 Wayne Trace this week in the next to last regular season game before playoff action starts.
“I think with all the circumstances and all that has gone on, we’re very pleased with where we’re at and where this team is heading,” said 23-year Tinora headman Kenny Krouse.
The Rams have posted 119 points while not allowing a single point thus far in triumphs over Edgerton, Hicksville and Antwerp. Tinora was idle week one.
“I think defensively we’ve bent the first few weeks but have been able to keep teams out of the end zone,” remarked Krouse. “We’re playing a lot of kids and I think we’re getting better. We’ve given up some big plays that are concerning.”
Wayne Trace mentor Mike Speice knows it will be challenging moving the ball on Tinora defensive coordinator Mike Heilshorn’s defense.

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Edon hosting TAAC powerhouse

A TAAC heavyweight will invade new-look Edon on Friday when the Rangers of Northwood come to town for a league clash.
The Rangers stand 4-0 and have outscored their foes, 181-36. Northwood has posted shutouts the last two Fridays in wins over Montpelier and Hilltops.
Since an opening-night 49-26 setback to Lakota, Edon has reeled off three straight wins, which included a thrilling 36-34 victory over Cardinal Stritch two weeks ago.
Veteran coach Bob Olwin, who took over the program earlier this year, says his Bombers are still learning his system.
“I don’t think we were ready for game one,” admitted Olwin, who has posted 215 triumphs during his coaching career that includes stops all over northwest Ohio. “Lakota made about five or six plays in that game. We had five or six opportunities in that game and we didn’t cash in on any of those. If we had, the score would’ve been a little different.
“We’re pretty young,” added Olwin.

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Week 5 Podcast

Tony Haynes and Lynn Groll recap Perrysburg’s big NLL triumph over Napoleon while handing out Offensive Player of the Week and Blockhead of the Week. Week 5 predictions are also made.

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Van Wert last WBL unbeaten with O-G awaiting

Van Wert will look to keep its unbeaten season intact this week with a trip to Ottawa-Glandorf on the docket.
The 4-0 Cougars are the only unbean WBL team remaining while Kenton, O-G and Shawnee all stand 3-1.
“We lost a good senior class of 16,” said Van Wert coach Keith Recker. “We were unsure of what we were going to have. We knew we’d be good at the skill positions but were trying to figure out what our line would be. I think it started coming around week 3 when we started to do some shuffling around of the line.
“The big thing right now is our turnover advantage,” added Recker. “We’re about plus-14 or plus-11 for a turnover ratio. Stuff that we haven’t done well for a few years that’s starting to pick up and been a big reason why we’ve started so well.”
O-G blitzed Defiance for a 48-13 win in its opener before playing three consecutive tight games. Elida edged the Titans, 14-7, in week 2 before O-G bounced back for a 27-20 win over St. Marys in double OT. The Titans then trimmed Bath last week, 20-17.

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Huge NLL dustup features BG at Perrysburg

Another huge NLL dustup looms for Perrysburg this Friday as the unbeaten Jackets welcome Bowling Green to Steinecker Stadium.
While Perrysburg was considered in the mix for the top spot in the NLL, Dirk Conner’s Bobcats were expected to be a middle-of-the-road squad this fall. A month into the season, BG and Perrysburg remain the last two unbeatens in the league.
“It does feel good with everything that’s gone on and bouncing back from a season that’s not up to our standards,” said Conner, whose team finished 3-7 last year.

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Week 5 Pick ‘EM

Ok folks get your picks in for week 5! PLEASE DO NOT FORGET A TIEBREAKER OR FORGET A GAME WINNER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN!

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