Lynn Groll catches up with Leipsic headman Joe Kirkendall. Audio link attached below.
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.
Lynn Groll, Tony Haynes and Andrew Mickey look back at week 3, hand out Offensive Player of the Week to Otsego’s Trent Leiter and co-Blockhead of the Week to Leiter and Columbus Grove’s AJ Schafer.
Leipsic and Tinora both bounced back from opening Friday losses by claiming wins in week two, and now will tee it up against each other on Friday night at Tinora.
“Tinora presents a very physical offense,” stated Leipsic mentor Joe Kirkendall. “Really impressed with their offensive line and the blocking of their backs. They have a lot of different weapons from power game, to edge runners, to even the option to defend. When it’s all said and done, just the physical nature of their scheme looks challenging.”
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