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.
Lynn Groll, Tony Haynes and Andrew Mickey recap week 1 from the area while handing out Offensive Player of the Week to Jonas Tester of Wauseon and Blockhead of the Week to Liberty Center’s Owen Box! They also predict week 2 of the area high school football scene!
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D-VI Region 22 Playoff Projections
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.
SHERWOOD – Defending GMC champion brought the hammer in Friday’s season opener against visiting Wayne Trace.
An unstoppable offense was coupled with a hard-hitting defense in a 47-0 romp that featured the Apaches leading 41-0 at halftime.
“We played well,” said Fairview mentor Doug Rakes.
Before the easy triumph, Rakes was very concerned about the Raiders.
“I was nervous, my stomach was in knots all day.”
A pair of GMC foes that like slinging the ball around will usher in the 2020 campaign on Friday night at Fairview when Mike Speice’s Wayne Trace squad makes the jaunt up U.S. 127.
“It’s a typical Doug Rakes team,” assessed Speice of facing the reigning GMC champions. “They’re going to throw the ball, they’re going to mix in some runs and they’ll be solid everywhere. Their senior class is very good, they’ve been playing since their freshmen year and are battle tested. So, we’re not going to throw many things at them they haven’t seen before.”
The Apaches do have some key pieces missing from back-to-back seasons of playoff runs.
First-team all-Ohioans Chayse Singer (LB) and Cade Polter (QB) are missing along with Riley Lucas (WR/OLB), Riley Puffinberger (OG), Ethan Thompson (OT), Sam McGuire (DE) and Noah Hagerman (CB).