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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.

Vikings to collide with Rams

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.”

Leipsic faces major task at Arlington

A tall challenge awaits Leipsic this week with a trip to 3-0 BVC slugger Arlington on the docket.
The Vikings have been stout defensively while still trying to figure out an identity on offense after being hit hard by graduation from a regional final showing last November.
To make Friday’s task tougher, Leipsic headman Joe Kirkendall says the Vikings have not played well at Arlington.
“I’ll be honest, never in my tenure have we gone to Arlington and played well for whatever reason,” admitted Kirkendall. “I’ve talked to some old-timers here going back 30 years and they’ve said we haven’t played well at Arlington. That’s another obstacle in front of us.”