Black Swamp Football



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.

Archbold puts 10-game NWOAL winning streak, back-to-back league crowns on line at Bryan

Back-to-back defending NWOAL champion Archbold will put a 10-game NWOAL winning streak on the line Friday night when it visits Bryan.
The 3-0 Streaks have romped in the first three weeks, outscoring their foes, 112-28.
Meanwhile, Bryan enters at 2-1, with the lone blemish being a 47-28 setback to defending D-IV state champion Van Wert.
“We are a solid team and got a good test vs Van Wert,” explained Bryan coach Grant Redhead. “(We) need to keep improving on little things and fundamentals.”
Archbold has outgained its adversaries, 873-368.
The offensive attack has been led by senior maestro DJ Newman, 38-65 passing for 518 yards and six touchdowns while adding 431 yards rushing and six TDs on 45 attempts.
Containing Newman is front and center for Redhead.

PH puts unbeaten season on line at Bryan

Bill Inselmann’s young Patrick Henry squad will get its toughest test to date when the 2-0 Patriots visit 1-1 Bryan on Friday.
“We’re pleased with how we’re progressing,” said Inselmann. “We’ve had to replace a lot of kids from last season, so we’re young and we see some steady improvement. We’ve looked good at times and we’ve looked young at times.
“At the same time, we have the toughest part of our schedule coming up,” added Inselmann. “We’re really going to have to make some big improvements this week.”

Football a way of life for Yunkers

Like many from this area, Blake Yunker grew up with football in his blood — but with just a tad more than most. His father, Paul, played on some great Swanton teams coached by Hall of Famer Dave Hansbarger. Paul later went on to serve as head football coach at Evergreen, Ottawa Hills and Bryan. He was one of 14 siblings in the Yunker family. Paul is currently the athletic director at Fairview.