Black Swamp Football

High School Scoreboard

Playoffs D-II Barberton 21, St. John’s 14 St. Francis 10, Anthony Wayne 7 Central Catholic 48, Northview 0 Highland 41, Fremont Ross 21 Broadview Heights 49, Clay 26 D-III Bowling Green 56, Defiance 13 D-IV Region 14 Oberlin Firelands 21, Napoleon 20 Huron 44, Bryan 22 Clyde 28, Wauseon 15 D-V Region 18 Ottawa-Glandorf 62, Orrville 0 D-VI Region 22 Archbold 42, Gibsonburg 0 Columbus Grove 59, Ottawa Hills 0 Tinora 34, Hicksville 13 Liberty Center 42, Western Reserve 18 Fairview 67, Bluffton 6 D-VII Hopewell-Loudon 41, Patrick Henry 6 Mohawk 26, Pandora-Gilboa 14 Arlington 75, Edon 6 Regular Season Avon 42, Perrysburg 20 Wayne Trace 55, Maumee 6 Leipsic 41, Antwerp 13 Holgate 39, St. Mary Central Catholic 20 Swanton 27, Cardinal Stritch 13 Delta 28, Evergreen 6 Ayersville 41, Montpelier 0

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Bowling Green expects stiff test vs. Holy Name

A talented Parma Heights Holy Name program will stroll into Bowling Green on Friday night for a Division III, Region 10 showdown of regional quarterfinalists.
“They’re a good football team and it’s what you’d expect at this point in the playoffs,” said Bowling Green leadman Dirk Conner.
The Green Wave has been impressive in their five triumphs, outscoring foes, 192-13. Holy Names’ lone loss was a season opening defeat to Walsh Jesuit, 24-7. Walsh Jesuit’s lone loss came at the hands of D-II state championship contender Archbishop Hoban, 27-14.
BG (6-1) blasted Defiance last week in playoff action, 56-13.
“We played pretty well and they made some mistakes that helped us out a little and got the score out of hand a little bit,” said Conner.

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Tinora and Columbus Grove set for physical battle

A physical confrontation awaits when Division VI, Region 22 unbeatens Tinora and Columbus Grove collide in Putnam County on Saturday night in a regional final at Clymer Stadium.
The victor moves on to the regional semifinals next Saturday against the winner from Carey at Archbold.
Both teams are coming off playoff victories last week after a bye the previous week.
The Rams (6-0) pulled away from a feisty Hicksville squad for a 34-13 triumph after hammering the Aces 41-0 earlier in the season.
“I was disappointed with our start,” said Tinora coach Kenny Krouse. “We made mistakes. We established (running back) KP (Delarber) and he had another big ballgame for us. Defensively, if you look at the whole thing, we held them to 51 yards rushing and gave up a kickoff return and the touchdown was on me. It’s basically a shutout. It’s disappointing we left all those points off the board with all those turnovers – couple fumbles, couple blocked kicks and couple interceptions.”
Columbus Grove handled Ottawa Hills easily last Saturday, 59-0.
The bye week was huge for the Bulldogs, according to leadman Andy Schafer. The Bulldogs had played close games against Crestview (38-31) and Allen East (27-24) the previous two weeks in the NWC playoffs.

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Central looking to continue dominance over St. Francis

St. Francis and Central Catholic will tee up the pigskin for the second time this season when the Knights invade Gallagher Stadium on Friday night for a Division II, Region 6 quarterfinal.
“Whether you are playing these guys once a season or twice in a season, it is always very difficult to beat them,” remarked St. Francis headman Dan Chipka. “Their track-record speaks for itself … only a handful of teams have beaten them in this area over the last decade. But we know that – and realize that both the TRAC championship and OHSAA playoff march goes through them. We will not back down.”
The Knights are looking to end nearly two decades of dominance by the Irish in the Toledo rivalry, with St. Francis losing 18 straight to the Irish dating back to 2003.

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Liberty Center gearing up for big Colonel Crawford team

Liberty Center will face a “big” challenge when it travels to North Robinson on Saturday against Colonel Crawford in the D-VI, Region 22 quarterfinals.
The 7-0 Eagles sport major size going into the dustup with the 6-2 Tigers, which have won six straight after opening the season 0-2.
“On film they look really good,” said LC headman Casey Mohler. “They’re big, they’re strong, they’re athletic. They seem to have a lot of weapons and it’s really hard to find a weak spot on that team. The initial look for us is it’s going to be a challenge for us to put points on the board and try to stop them.”
Colonel Crawford runs a Wing-T offense but mixes in some spread concepts. Junior tailback Tristan Cross is a load coming out of the backfield. The 6-1, 215-pounder is just 29 yards shy of 1,000 yards for the season on 114 carries while adding 15 touchdowns. Cade Hamilton (6-3, 200, 58 carries, 478 yards, 9 TDs) also handles totes out of the Eagles’ backfield.

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Big-play Northwood vs. explosive Fairview in D-VI skirmish

Fairview will see a major uptick in competition when the 7-0 and third-seeded Apaches play host to 7-0 and No. 6 seed Northwood on Saturday night in the D-VI, Region 22 playoffs.
The regional quarterfinal will be played at Defiance’s Fred J. Brown Stadium to accomodate more fans than what Fairview’s home stadium would be able to.
Saturday’s winner will advance to the regional semifinals against the victor from Liberty Center at Colonel Crawford.
The 7-0 Rangers will be the first team Fairview has played all year that has more than four wins. Northwood has won 17 straight games since losing in the opening round of the 2018 playoffs to Hillsdale. The Rangers went 10-0 last year but did not qualify for the Division V, Region 18 playoffs with finishing ninth in the computer ratings.

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Archbold facing big and physical Carey squad

Division VI, Region 22 top seed Archbold returns to the gridiron on Saturday looking to continue its winning ways. The unbeaten 7-0 Streaks will host 7-1 Carey with a regional semifinal appearance at stake next week against the victor from Tinora at Columbus Grove.
Carey heads into Saturday’s contest on a 7-game winning streak. The Blue Devils fell 16-7 in their season opener to Region 22 No. 2 seed Colonel Crawford.
“Winning the turnover battle will be critical this week,” said Archbold coach David Dominique. “Both teams do not turn the ball over much so I feel that this is even more important than ever this week. Secondly, I feel that special teams will play an integral role in the winner of this game.”

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Defiance College headman Manny Matsakis

Headed into his third season as leadman of the Defiance College football program, Manny Matsakis and his staff have had to get creative this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the campus. Despite the hurdles, it’s business as

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